|Landon J. Getz is a Vanier Scholar, Killam Laureate and PhD Student in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at Dalhousie University. His academic work is focused on a group of ocean bacteria, called Vibrio, which play important roles in marine nutrient cycling, but also cause infections in animals and humans. This work was awarded Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine’s Excellence in Research Award in 2019, as well as funding from the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship program at both the Master’s and Doctoral level, the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholars Award, the Killam PreDoctoral Scholarship, and the Canadian Vanier Scholarship. Landon’s work has resulted in 6 peer-reviewed journal publications. Further, Landon is an impassioned teacher, having been awarded the President’s Graduate Student Teaching Award at the Dalhousie Legacy Awards in 2019 for his teaching in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University. Landon is also an LGBTQ+ advocate, the founder of Queer Atlantic Canadian STEM (QAtCanSTEM), and on the organizing committee for the upcoming QAtCanSTEM Colloquium. Landon strives to raise awareness for a more critical engagement with ethics among STEM fields, having published many commentaries and a peer-reviewed journal article on frontier science like CRISPR/Cas9 and its regulation and consequences worldwide. He has been interviewed by DalNews and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for his work. Landon is passionate about environmental ecology; climate change mitigation; equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM; and scientific and research ethics.
Personal Website and Blog: http://www.landongetz.com