Anita Melnyk

Research Associate

Anita Melnyk is a Research Associate 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. 

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