Humber’s first research chair has more than his fair share of qualifications.

Dr. Adeel Safdar has a doctoral degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University, and completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and McMaster. He was the Chief Scientific Officer for Exerkine and the MitoCanada Foundation.

Safdar has received numerous awards for his research, including McMaster’s Postdoctoral Fellow Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, and has in the past secured more than $2.5 million in federal research grants for his work.

This three-year research chair position is supported by Biosteel Sports Supplements Inc. Safdar will develop of an applied research program that focuses on health outcomes for a variety of populations.

Safdar is no stranger to Humber College. Prior to accepting the full-time research chair position, he taught organic chemistry and immunology once a week for the School of Health Sciences.

“I had a ball last semester (teaching),” he told Humber Today in a recent interview. “It’s very different from what I’m used to. I’m used to being in a university, which is a very different structure. People here are very relaxed and focused.

Research was … my first love in life. So being able to come over here, teach and meet students on such a personal level, was (incredible). I never realized how awesome colleges are. Then I learned about the research chair opportunity and saw the labs (in the HIVES), they were amazing. I never thought about making the career change from university to college, but … it seemed to fit.”

For now, at least, he plans to start doing research into exercise and ways to get the local community healthier, by designing studies that will involve students as well as locals.

“It’s a rare opportunity and one I feel extremely blessed to have,” Safdar says. The nice part is … I’m realizing that the goals and aspirations I have are shared by all the faculty, all the staff over here.”