Graduation ceremonies may be virtual this year, but we wanted to congratulate students graduating, who have contributed to the work of the GSS over their time at UBC.
Kate Sedivy Haley: PhD in Microbiology and Immunology.
Dr. Sedivy-Haley studied responses to Salmonella infection in macrophage activation states, including the “tolerant” state seen in sepsis. She identified differences in gene expression that may account for different levels of resistance to Salmonella. This could help us to improve the ability of macrophages to resist infection and treat sepsis.
What are you hoping to do now you’ve graduated?
Now that I’ve graduated, I’m starting an internship with the Council of Canadian Academies, contributing to research and writing of reports on complex issues of public interest, including funding for natural sciences research. I’m hoping this experience will help me transition to a career in science policy.
What roles have you taken on for the GSS and what has been the best part of working with the Society?
I was the Chair of the Code and Policy Committee from October 2018 – February 2020, and Chair of the Governance and Accountability Committee from February 2020 to April 2020. The best part of working with the GSS was being able to collaborate on graduate student issues with so many dedicated people in committees and on the executive team.