Susan-Marie Aitken
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Carleton added a professor, researcher, and mentor to its Department of Biology when Susan Aitken concluded her NSERC/Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. It is almost like coming home for Aitken, who earned her Ph.D. from Concordia University in her native Montreal. “Carleton’s size was very attractive, just right for teaching and mentoring, and especially attractive as it has a diverse and multicultural student population,” she says. Aitken’s research focuses on sulfur-amino-acid metabolism in plants, mammals and microorganisms. Her arrival will add to Carleton’s body of knowledge in enzymology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

(Professor Aitken was unavailable to have her photo taken.)

Sean Barry
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Fresh from Harvard where he was a Visiting Scholar, Barry will continue his research in the development of processes for thin-film deposition from vapour-phase chemical compounds, aimed primarily at the microelectronicsindustry. Postdoctoral fellowships took him to Harvard, Cornell and the Université de Bourgogne, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa. “The opportunity to move back to Ottawa, which I love, and participate in the emergence of Carleton’s chemistry department on the national scene was too good to turn down,” says Barry. As for teaching, he will lecture and develop instructional material for inorganic chemistry courses at Carleton.

Paul Mezo
Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics

A University of Toronto doctoral graduate in mathematics, Mezo has done postdoctoral fellowships at such places as the Max-Plank Institut fur Mathematik, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Fields Institute. He has also taught courses and given seminars across Canada and Germany. “My interests lie in the areas of representation theory and automorphic forms,” Mezo says of a highly specialized research that can often seem esoteric. “Yeah, mathematics is so vast that intimidation is always a threat,” he jokes. He chose Carleton because he found members of his department to be extremely committed to their subjects.

Tim Xing
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Encouraged by his wife and daughter, Xing decided to join Carleton’s faculty from the Cereal Research Centre of Agriculture Canada in Winnipeg where he conducted research in plant-disease resistance using genomic and proteomic approaches. It is work he looks forward to continuing in an academic environment. Xing earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Anhui Normal University, in eastern China, and his Ph.D. from Leicester Polytechnic (U.K.), and in 2002 was asked to organize and chair a plant-signaling workshop at the first European Plant Genomics Conference in Berlin. “My goal (with students) is to encourage creative thinking and open minds, “ Xing adds.

(Professor Xing was unavailable to have his photo taken.)

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