PhD (MBB), 2006
Dr. Jennifer Gardy graduated with a PhD from SFU’s department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry in 2006, earning the Governor General’s Gold Medal as top graduating PhD student. During her time at SFU, she combined her research in microbial genomics and bioinformatics with science journalism, freelancing for SFU News. After graduation, she kept up both the science and science communication aspects of her career. After a postdoctoral fellowship, she joined the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2009, and was appointed an Assistant Professor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health in 2013, where she currently holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics. Her research involves using genomics and next-generation DNA sequence technologies to understand, control, and ultimately prevent infectious disease outbreaks. Since 2008, she’s regularly appeared on science television, guest hosting CBC Television’s long-running documentary series The Nature of Things and Discovery Channel Canada’s nightly science news magazine Daily Planet, and in 2014, she released a children’s book with Owlkids Books called It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes. She was named one of the YWCA’s 2014 Women of Distinction in the Science, Technology, and Research Category, and regularly mentors younger scientists interested in science communication.