Jonathan Griffiths

 
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Research Scientist
Ottawa, Canada
Hamilton, Canada
Cellulose biosynthesis in Arabidopsis seed coat epidermal cells
George Haughn
2013
 

Where and what is your current position?

Designing and implementing scientific experiments related to plant viruses that affect agriculture in Ontario and Canada. I run a research lab that focuses on viral problems in local crops like tree fruits, small berries, and tomatoes.

How does this job relate to your graduate degree?

My studies at UBC provided a strong background in scientific research, particularly plant biology. I work in a field directly related to my graduate studies. My time at UBC was instrumental in my current success as a plant molecular geneticist.

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?

The Botany department at UBC is one of the best plant science research organizations in Canada, and even the world.

What did you enjoy the most about your time as a graduate student at UBC?

Skiing Whistler and wandering forests and beaches with loved ones

What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?

Always try and consider what you want to do next – even at the start of a degree. Try and do as many supplemental courses and extracurricular activities as possible.

What do you like and what do you find challenging about your current position?

New challenges daily, interacting and organizing large groups of people to perform scientific analysis for the public good.