Steven Jones, MSc ’94 Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement
Dr. Steven Jones has made a tremendous impact on the Canadian scientific scene since 1999 when he joined the BC Cancer Agency's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre. The GSC is the largest DNA sequencing and DNA mapping facility in Canada. As Head of Bioinformatics, Steve leads a team of approximately 60 people, the largest bioinformatics group in this country and one of the largest such groups in the world. The GSC has been awarded more than $105 million in research grants and contracts. Steve has contributed in many ways to this success and has helped initiate a culture of achievement at the GSC. Seminal research and training initiatives led by Steve have greatly enriched both the capacity and the scientific environment of the GSC, and he is in great demand as a student mentor. Steve is central to many important GSC achievements, such as the sequencing of the SARS coronavirus genome in 2003. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics at UBC and an adjunct professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at SFU. In July 2002 he founded the CIHR/Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Bioinformatics Training Program that mentors 14 graduate students. Steven is also the Recipient of a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award. In addition to all of this, Steve made time to serve SFU on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for two consecutive terms ending in 2004.