Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure

Vincent TropepeVince Tropepe

Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure
Professor, Department of Cell & Systems Biology


Tel: 416-978-7897
Executive Assistant: Christine Yarish
Office: SS2005, Office of the Dean, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street


The Vice-Dean, Research & Infrastructure is responsible for supporting and enhancing the research mission of the Faculty, including research funding for new faculty members, providing support for external research funding, and managing the Faculty’s Canada Research Chairs, and facilitating commercialization opportunities. 

Areas of Responsibility

  • Research support
  • Extra-departmental research units
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISIs)
  • Industry research partnerships


Vince Tropepe completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in 2000 and postdoctoral research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT in Cambridge, MA, before joining U of T’s Department of Cell & Systems Biology in 2003 as an Assistant Professor. He is a cross-appointed faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2016.

His research focuses on the molecular and cellular underpinnings of nerve cell production (neurogenesis) in the vertebrate brain and retina, a critical biological process for development, plasticity and regeneration in the nervous system. He has been sought for his expertise as a grant reviewer for international agencies across Europe, the U.S., and Canada, and holds four patents in the U.S. and Canada for primitive neural stem cells and retinal stem cells.

Professor Tropepe is a member of the Collaborative Graduate Programs in Developmental Biology and Neuroscience at U of T, a member of the Vision Science Research Program at U of T, a scientist of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a principal investigator of the Canadian Stem Cell Network. He has contributed to advancing evidence-based research policy development in the areas of biosafety and the use of genetically modified research organisms in academia with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. He currently serves as the Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee at U of T.

Professor Tropepe was appointed Vice-Dean, Research for a five-year term starting July 1, 2020.