2016 PhD in Biological Oceanography. Supervisor: Curtis Suttle. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Thesis title: Drivers of viral diversity and community compositional change over spatial and temporal scales in coastal British Columbia
2000-2005 Bachelor of Science: Biology (honours). University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.
2000-2005 Bachelor of Arts: English. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.
October 2016 - Present Bioinformatician Sophia Genetics, St-Sulpice, Switzerland
Analysis of human genomic data
May 2016 - August 2016 Student Intern Google Summer of Code
Enhanced vignettes in R package RCy3 for running Cytoscape
2011-2016 Teaching Assistant University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
Courses: EOS 111 Laboratory Exploration of Planet Earth, EOS 475 Marine Microbiology, EOS 474 Marine Pollution.
2005-2007 Biological Technician- Marine Invasions Lab (Principal Investigator: Dr. Greg Ruiz), Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland (USA).
Summer 2005 Research Assistant University of New Brunswick, Survival and Population of two Forest Bird Species (Supervisor: Brad P. Zitske), Fundy National Park, New Brunswick.
2003 - 2005 Research Assistant- Paleoecology (Supervisor: Dr. Les C. Cwynar) University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
2015 FENS and IBRO-PERC travel award for Advanced Scientific Programming in Python course
2014 BRITE International travel award, University of British Columbia
2011-2013 Four year Doctoral Scholarship, University of British Columbia
2009-2011 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral (NSERC PGS-D)
2007-2009 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral (NSERC PGS-M)
2003 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Undergraduate Student Research Awards (NSERC USRA)
2000-2004 Lord Beaverbrook Scholar, University of New Brunswick
Gustavsen, J., Winget, D., Tian, X. and C.A. Suttle. 2014. High temporal and spatial diversity in marine RNA viruses implies that they have an important role in mortality and structuring plankton communities. Frontiers in Microbiology, volume 5 article 703. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00703
Moore, R.A, Warren, R.L., Freeman, J.D., Gustavsen, J.A., Chénard, C., Friedman, J.M., Suttle, C.A., Zhao, Y., and Holt, R.A. 2011. The sensitivity of massively parallel sequencing for detecting candidate infectious agents associated with human tissue. PloS one, 6(5), e19838. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019838
2014 EMBO Conference:Viruses of microbes: Poster presentation "Describing the richness of the Picornavirales in coastal waters along a nutrient gradient using high-throughput sequencing." ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.
2013 Aquatic Virus Workshop 7: Poster presentation: “Distribution and patchiness of Picornavirales in coastal waters.” University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA.
2013 Center for Microbial Diversity and Evolution/CIFAR Integrated Microbial Diversity: Poster presentation: “The high richness of aquatic RNA viral communities in coastal British Columbia revealed using amplicon deep sequencing.” Whistler, BC.
2012 Canadian Society for Microbiology Conference - selected for Oral Presentation in Student Symposium contest. Title: The uneven structure of RNA viral communities in coastal B.C. revealed using amplicon deep sequencing.” Vancouver, BC .
2012 Center for Microbial Diversity and Evolution: Poster presentation: “The uneven structure of aquatic RNA viral communities in coastal British Columbia revealed using deep amplicon sequencing.” Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
2012 CIFAR Integrated Microbial Diversity: Poster presentation: “The uneven structure of aquatic RNA viral communities in coastal British Columbia revealed using deep amplicon sequencing.” Quebec City, QC.
2011 UBC/ SFU/ UVic/ VIU Ecology and Evolution Retreat: Poster presentation: “RNA viral richness at Jericho Pier.” Brackendale, BC
2011 Center for Microbial Diversity and Evolution: Poster presentation: “Viral and bacterial abundances at Jericho Pier (Vancouver, BC) show variation over time and correlation with environmental parameters.” Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
31 Aug - 5 Sept 2015 Advanced Scientific Programming in Python at G-Node, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Munich and the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, Munich, Germany.
6-15 August 2014 Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Population Structure at Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA.
22-23 May 2012 Software Carpentry- Introduction to unix shell, Python programming and version control.
19 October 2010 Project Management-Introduction to skills and strategies to take on complex projects UBC/MITACS
15 May 2010 Career Planning for Graduate Students -UBC Graduate Pathways for Success
22-23 February 2008 Presentation Skills Workshop for Graduate Students
Selected Teaching Experience:
November 2014 Statistics 547 (UBC) Basic Training for Data Science - Introduction to Shiny and building your first Shiny app.
Sep 2011-Dec 2013 Earth and Ocean Sciences 111 (UBC) - Laboratory Exploration of Planet Earth –Lab sessions and lectures on estuaries, waves, plankton, groundwater
24-25 September 2013 Software Carpentry Workshop- Instructor: basic unix shell and version control topics. Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC, Vancouver, BC.
31 March 2012 Earth and Ocean Sciences 475 (UBC) Marine Microbiology: Lecture on viral diversity
- Journals: Environmental Microbiology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
- Code: Invited member of ROpenSci review board
Research Techniques and Skills
- Molecular biology lab techniques- Various extraction methods, PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR
- 454 and Illumina library preparation
- Data and Statistical analysis with R and Python
- Bioinformatics- shell scripting, makefiles, phylogeny, large data set analysis, sequence analysis
- Field experience - Zooplankton tows and processing, phytoplankton microscopy identification, viral concentration via ultrafiltration, nutrient and chlorophyll processing, culture establishment.
- Culturing of phytoplankton and bacteria
Research Cruise Experience:
12-19 September 2012 Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Vector – Strait of Georgia BC, Canada.
28 September - 5 October 2011 CCGS Vector – Strait of Georgia BC, Canada.
29 July - 4 August 2010 CCGS Vector – Strait of Georgia BC, Canada.
24 June - 1 July 2009 CCGS Vector – Strait of Georgia BC, Canada.
5 July - 12 July 2006 Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, WA, USA -chartered boat
26-27 Nov 2005 Sacramento, CA –Vancouver, WA, USA. Container ship.
Sep 2012-April 2013- Undergraduate research opportunities - Mentor - Helped 3 undergraduate students come up with a research idea for a proposal, and turn this idea into a poster proposal. Poster was presented at Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference and at the UBC Undergraduate Research Conference.
English (native speaker, fluent professional reading, writing, and speaking)
French (fluent reading, speaking and writing: DELF B2 June 2015)
2010-2011 International Society for Microbial Ecology
2012-present American Association for the Advancement of Science
2012-present Canadian Society for Microbiology
2014-present American Society for Microbiology