Jennifer Geddes-McAlister

Your UBC Experience

- UBC has an excellent reputation and provides the opportunity for graduate students to work with world-renowned scientist in a diverse array of disciplines. I chose to pursue graduate school at UBC because of its record of academic excellence, research strength in the microbiology and immunology department, and the financial support provided for students. - My most meaningful experiences at UBC involve the people that I met and worked with, in the lab, Department, and University community. I was fortunate to have a wonderful supervisor (Jim Kronstad) who encouraged me to pursue exciting and novel research projects, while supporting me through my entire program, and shaping my views on how to be a successful and effective supervisor to my own graduate students. - At UBC, I chose to complement my research with professional development training and being involved in the greater University community. My research has always been my primary focus, but not my only focus. I saw tremendous value in developing my skills as a young professional to set myself apart as I moved forward in my career. Building upon my achievements in the laboratory by networking, collaborating, mentoring, and representing graduate students provided the foundation for my current success.

Thesis Title

Proteomic profiling of the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans upon regulation of the cyclic-AMP/protein kinase A signalling pathway

Clubs/Programs involved in at UBC

President, Microbiology & Immunology graduate student society Graduate student representative, M&I Department meetings Graduate student representative, Graduate Affairs Committee Graduate Student Representative, Faculty Search Committee Graduate Student Representative, Instructor Search Committee Graduate Student Representative, Faculty of Science Review Committee Invited speaker, Leader’s Dialogue Series.

Awards

  • NSERC CGS-D
  • Four-year doctoral fellowship
  • Graduate Entrance Scholarship 
  • Faculty of Science Graduate Award
  • Proteomics Forum Travel Fellowship
  • Warren George Povey Award in Global Health
  • William and Dorothy Gilbert Graduate Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences
  • Mary Day and Robert Emmanuel Travel Award
  • Graduate Training Program Award Canadian National Proteomics Network
  • Faculty of Science nomination to attend the Creating Connections Conference
  • Presidential nomination to attend the Student Leader Recognition Event

Your Career Journey and Achievements

I began my position as Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph in July 2018 and I love it! I work with an amazing group of people and thoroughly enjoy the collaborations we have started. I greatly appreciate the flexibility my position allows, the freedom to pursue research I find most interesting, and the diversity of challenges I face on a daily basis (e.g. hiring and managing people, budgeting, grant writing, participating in committees, etc.).

Anything about yourself

As a mother of two young children, finding a work-life balance that supports my career and strengthens my family, is vital. Having moved my family to Munich, Germany for 3 years to post-doc in the amazing Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction, led by Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, I greatly appreciate the importance of travel and adventure whenever possible. Now, we have settled into our new home in Guelph and love our neighbourhood where our children can walk to school and we enjoy sharing our lives with the new friends we have made.

Advice to current students

Connect and network whenever you have the chance and be open to opportunities that come up, even if they are not as you had planned. Prioritize what you want from life and make it happen!

 

Grad Year:

2015
 

UBC Degree/Program:

  • PhD/Microbiology&Immunology

 

UBC Supervisor:

  • PhD supervisor: Dr. Jim Kronstad

 

Other Education:

  • University of Lethbridge, 2007, Master of Science/Biology

  • University of Lethbridge, 2005, Bachelor of Science/Biology

 

Hometown:

Lethbridge, Alberta
 

Job Title & Employer:

Assistant Professor/University of Guelph
 

Current Location:

Guelph, Ontario