Contact Research & Innovation

NOTICE: The Research Administration team will be working in a blended working environment and will not always be available on campus. Please reach out to the individual you would like to contact for their schedule.
General Email:
Office of Research Services (ORS) |
Office Locations:
Surrey Main Campus Fir Building Room 115
Langley Campus, West Building Room 2204
Richmond Campus, Room 2320

Connect with us!

Deepak S. Gupta, D. Sc., P. Eng.
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies

Deepak has led research, innovation, productivity, and entrepreneurial initiatives over an impactful career involving five academic institutions and four businesses. He has more than a dozen awards and honours for his contributions as a distinguished leader, engineering researcher, and published scholar. A global citizen, he has lived in ten provinces or states and speaks four languages.

Deepak received his engineering doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. He has a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.

604 598 8827 |

Mariko Itano, BA  
Confidential Assistant

Mariko is an administrative professional with 7+ years of experience working in the post-secondary education industry. She moved to Canada 13 years ago from Japan and has a B.A. in Psychology from SFU. As a confidential assistant, Mariko supports the day-to-day administrative functions of the office and ensures its smooth operation. Mariko thrives in performing complex administrative duties and enjoys helping others in need.

604 599 2496|


Amit Shukla, PhD
Director, Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Services (RISES)

Amit is an experienced administrator and program manager with over 15 years of experience in the U15 post-secondary environment in Canada, along with a strong research background as a scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the full research continuum (lab research, project management, research administration, technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship). Since moving to BC in Fall 2020, Amit has been working as an Executive-in-Residence with the Foresight CleanTech Accelerator supporting start-ups within the AgTech space with their business development. As the Director Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Services (RISES), Amit is responsible for research administration services including managing institutional grants, internal funding competitions, and business/partnership development.

306 717 3880 |

Catherine (Cathy) Parlee
Research ​Services Specialist

Catherine (Cathy) Parlee is the Research Services Specialist in the Office of Research Services (ORS).  Cathy recently earned a Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College which, paired with her 11-year tenure in the ORS, contributes to a growing knowledge of research matters that includes many aspects of pre and post funding management. Learning, listening and understanding serve Cathy well as she strives to provide a positive customer experience for the KPU community and outside partners who come to the ORS with questions or in need of assistance.

604 599 3028 |

Jim Rahaman, CPA, CA MBA  MCSI  M. Eng.  
Business Transformation Lead

The Business Transformation Lead ensures that Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies policies, procedures, processes, and practices are continuously monitored and improved for the benefit of KPU’s students, researchers, staff, funders, and industry partners.

Jim is a CPA, MBA with nearly twenty years of experience in public and private sectors spanning financial management, strategic planning, compliance and investing. Jim holds certifications Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) and Prince2 (Project Management). He serves on the board of a provincial science teachers’ association and as an advisory board startup mentor for an applied science and engineering incubator at a large research university.

Kathy Leung, BA 
Marketing and Communications Support

Kathy Leung is passionate about working in education and has over 7 years of experience working in private and public post-secodary education. In her role with the Office of Research Services, she supports the department in communications and marketing, helps manage the department’s social media accounts as well as maintaining and updating the website.

Keith Leung, PhD
Research Facilitator

Keith Leung has over nine years of experience in conducting humanities and social science research. He has managed multiple SSHRC and NSERC-funded research projects and collaborated extensively with researchers in Canada and abroad. He is experienced in research writing and has published extensively. As a Research Facilitator, he works with research active scholars to help establish research agendas and build scholarly portfolios, support research clusters, and design and facilitate creative approaches and knowledge mobilization strategies to promote KPU research and scholarly activity.

604 599 2237  |

Taranum Sultana, PhD 
Research Compliance Manager

Taranum has over 17 years of experience in teaching, research, and management at prestigious institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America, with expertise in biochemistry, molecular endocrinology and microbiology. She will be responsible for university-wide oversight to ensure that KPU complies with all research-related compliance regulations and requirements of municipal, provincial, and federal departments and agencies, as well as major research sponsors, in her current role. For instance, she will provide administrative oversight and expertise on themes such as responsible research conduct, human research, the use of animals in teaching and research, equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, cannabis research, field research licenses, radioactive materials, food, and drugs and other compliance matters. 

604 598 5212 |

Foluso Fagbamiye, B.Sc, MBA, PgDip. Project Management 
Research Ethics Coordinator

Foluso Fagbamiye has worked in various roles at three BC post-secondary institutions over the last sixteen years. As the Research Ethics Coordinator, she is the primary resource for all employees and students who liaise with the Research Ethics board (REB). Her expertise interpreting and applying policies and ethical requirements helps ensure that KPU is compliant with commitments and obligations under the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS2 2018) on use of humans in research. Foluso worked internationally as a micro-paleontologist, in market research and public relations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Master's in Business Administration and post graduate certificate in Project Management.

604 599 3163 |

Animal Care

Kate Cooper RVT, CAPM

Animal Care Coordinator

Kate is a Registered Veterinary Technologist and a Certified Associate in Project Management with experience working in a variety of fields including wildlife rehabilitation, laboratory diagnostics, aquatics, agriculture and research.

As the Animal Care Coordinator at KPU, Kate is responsible for supporting the functioning of the Animal Care Committee by providing administrative support for protocol management, pedagogical and scientific merit review as well as by acting as a liaison between protocol authors, the Animal Care Committee, senior administration and other stakeholders.