Professor Reza Salavati has been appointed Director of the Institute of Parasitology for a 5-year term starting July 1, 2020. Professor Salavati is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Parasitology and an Associate Member of the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University. His research programs focus on the biology of the protozoan parasites of global importance and drug discovery. He has developed computational and experimental methods to determine the functions of the poorly annotated parasite genomes to target unique pathways for drug discovery. He has authored 66 publications in leading-edge journals. Dr. Salavati has served as the Director of the Biotechnology Program and the Graduate Programs at the Institute, an expert reviewer for national and international funding agencies, and as an Associate Editor for the journals PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and Scientific Reports.