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Queen's University

Steven N. Liss, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Liss


On September 1, 2010 Steven N. Liss became the Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University at Kingston. Professor Liss was most recently the Associate Vice-President for Research at the University of Guelph, and had served as Interim Vice-President.  He holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters and Ph.D. in applied microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Professor Liss has held positions, including a biotechnology training award, and visiting laboratory and OECD fellowships, at Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, and AFRC Cambridge, UK. He has held faculty and teaching appointments at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, respectively. Professor Liss currently holds adjunct professorships in both Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, the Graduate Program in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University, and in the School of Environmental Sciences (formerly Environmental Biology) at the University of Guelph where he had been a tenured full professor. Professor Liss currently is a tenured full professor in the School of Environmental Studies and in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s.

He has progressively advanced in his career as both an academic and university administrator.  Professor Liss played a significant role in the transformation of Ryerson including leading and contributing to the development of the University’s research mandate, School of Graduate Studies, and establishment of research, CFI and CRC programs. At the University of Guelph, in addition to overseeing all aspects of research operation and strategic planning, he contributed to broader based issues in advancing research programs in the areas of funding, external partnerships, advancement and government relations.

Professor Liss has served, and continues to serve, on a variety of management boards and boards of directors, and has extensive experience in peer review processes and panels (provincial, national and international) including serving as Chair of the Peer Review Panel for the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Panel (Environmental and Emerging Technologies) during the first two years of the program.

His own research area encompasses environmental biotechnology and engineering, and applied microbiology. He is an internationally recognized researcher and is well known for his work on microbial structures and processes in engineered and natural environmental systems including flocs, processes governing bioflocculation, and the characterization of extracellular polymeric substances. Working at the interface of biology, engineering, and environmental science, Professor Liss has a strong orientation to interdisciplinary and collaborative initiatives. He was recently elected to the Management Committee of the International Water Association Specialist Group on Microbial Ecology in Water Engineering (MEWE) (formerly Activated Sludge Population Dynamics (ASPD)). He has led numerous strategic research programs involving a range of collaborators, government and industry partners. His research has led to numerous publications and contributions including the book Flocculation in Natural and Engineered Systems. (2005, CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA). Professor Liss has supervised over 40 students at the Masters and Ph.D. level.  He has a strong interest in international work and has particular interests in Central and South America, China and India.

Originally from Toronto, Professor Liss is a graduate of Oakwood Collegiate Institute. He is married to Karen Anthony, and they are the parents of three children, Keenan, Kyra, and Savannah.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000