Meet our Connaught Scholars

Life Sciences Representative

Iva Zovkic is a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Epigenetics and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with an adjunct appointment in Cell and Systems Biology. Her research is focused on uncovering the epigenetic basis of learning and memory, and understanding how dysregulation of the epigenome contributes to memory disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. She is especially interested in histone variants, a unique category of histone proteins that accumulate in the human brain during aging whose role in cognition and disease is poorly understood. Currently, Iva is the president of Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association and was recently awarded the Dorothy Shoichet Women Faculty Science Award of Excellence. Her work is supported by funding from NSERC, CIHR, Ontario Ministry of Innovation, and CFI.