Raywat Deonandan

Raywat Deonandan, PhD, is an Associate Professor with the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He is a Global Health Epidemiologist, a widely published writer and science communicator, and an award-winning novelist. Additional affiliations include:

  • Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, since 2021
  • Member of Life Research Institute, University of Ottawa, since 2021
  • Member of Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, University of Ottawa, since 2022
  • Holder of Chair in University Teaching, University of Ottawa, since 2023


In 2000, Deonandan won the national book award of the nation of Guyana for his short story collection, Sweet Like Saltwater. In 2003, his critically acclaimed novel, Divine Elemental, was published, supported by grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Toronto Arts Council. In 2009, he founded the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, and still serves as its Executive Editor.

In 2016, Deonandan was given the Teaching Excellence Award of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, identifying him as one of the best teaching professors in the province. And in 2023, he was awarded the research Chair in University Teaching by the University of Ottawa. Projects pursued as part of that award can be seen at the WatLab. A list of Deonandan’s additional awards can be found here.


Yep, that’s me in the back trying to keep up.


Yep, that’s me in the ponytail, doing my best Steven Seagal impersonation.