Microbiologist Makes Headlines with Networking Initiative

Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAlister

Microbiologist Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAlister spoke to two media outlets about her experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and founding Moms in Proteomics, a networking and mentorship initiative for mothers in STEM.  

Speaking to CBC’s Fresh Air, Geddes-McAlister discussed the inspiration behind Moms in Proteomics and how the pandemic has played a role in building a community of mothers who are scientists by bringing the challenges they face balancing work and personal lives to light. 

The episode appeared on several CBC Radio stations across the country. 

To CTV Kitchener, Geddes-McAlister further discussed her experiences in STEM and how they led her to create Moms in Proteomics. 

A professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Geddes-McAlister researches the mechanisms of pathogenesis, adaptation, and survival in fungal and bacterial microbes via a systems biology perspective that uses mass spectrometry-based quantitative proteomics.