Anita Melnyk


Anita Melnyk is a Researcher at the Council of Canadian Academies.

Anita holds both a PhD and M.Sc. in biology from the University of Ottawa, and a B.Sc. in biology from Queens University.

Anita’s graduate research used experimental evolution, following microbial adaptation in real time, to explore the impact of fundamental evolutionary processes on applications in human health. Specifically, her PhD research investigated the genomics of adaptation to antibiotics in pathogenic populations of bacteria. During her time at the University of Ottawa, Anita also gained extensive experience volunteering in the fields of gender equality and science policy.

Anita’s research interests span evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, genomics and antimicrobial resistance, as well as gender equality in STEM, and the role of science in evidence-based policy. 

Mailing List Signup

Receive our newsletter, notifications of new assessments topics, news releases, and more!
Preference English  Français
Council Feature

Progress Update: The Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying

Call for Input To inform its deliberations, the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is seeking input in...
read more