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Adjunct Professor of Physics, Laurentian University

Zahra Yamani is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Laurentian University and a Research Scientist at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. After completing her PhD from University of Toronto in 2004, she joined National Research Council (NRC) at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) in Chalk River for a one year post-doc position where she performed cutting-edge neutron scattering experiments on magnetic and superconducting materials (Quantum Materials) at the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor. Zahra continued her research using neutron scattering technique as a Research Officer with NRC until 2015 when the neutron scattering activities were transferred fully to CNL. In addition to research using neutron scattering, Zahra has made major contributions to upgrades and developments of new instruments at NRU reactor (including the development and commissioning of a high-flux polarized neutron triple-axis setup). Over the years, Zahra has also performed neutron scattering experiments at many international neutron scattering facilities around the world.

Zahra has been a strong advocate for neutron scattering in Canada for more than a decade. She is a former member of the Science Council of the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering (CINS). Over the years she has also actively contributed to the training of the next generation of Canadian neutron scatterers. In 2020, Zahra received the Neutron Scattering Society of America’s (NSSA) Service award “for her contributions to education, outreach and advocacy for the Canadian neutron scattering community”. The NSSA represents the neutron scattering community across North America.


  • 2012–present
    Adjunct Professor, Laurentian University
  • 2015–present
    Research Scientist, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • 2004–2015
    Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


  • 2004 
    Physics Department, University of Toronto, PhD