Dr. Dawson leads a research program that spans protein biochemistry, cardiovascular disease, and biology higher education.
As the 2015 recipient of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s CP Rail for Heart Award, Dawson studies the impact of inherited changes in heart muscle proteins to understand what is going wrong in patients with heart diseases so that we can develop specific strategies to treat the problem. His research takes the research from molecules to organisms, studying the biochemistry of proteins and the development and physiology of zebrafish with changes in their hearts reflecting those seen in people with diseases.
As the founding Director of the CBS Office of Educational Scholarship and Practice, Dawson oversees the visioning and growth of the Office, the only office in Canada focused on higher education in biology. Dawson's education research focuses on the development, implementation, and assessment of learning outcomes in the molecular life sciences, with particular emphasis on how critical thinking is presented, assessed and learned through science curricula.