Nominee: Julie Claycomb
Professor, University of Toronto
Brief Biosketch provided for the nominee:
Dr. Julie Claycomb is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, at the University of Toronto. Her lab focuses on understanding small RNA-mediated gene regulation using the tiny worm C. elegans as a model system. Dr. Claycomb was the Canada Research Chair in Small RNA Biology from 2012-2022. Dr. Claycomb co-founded and co-organizes Toronto RNA Enthusiasts’ Day, and has led the Toronto RNA Club since 2016. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the RNA Society, the Canadian Representative on the International C. elegans Board (WormBoard), and is an Associate Editor at the journal GENETICS.
Justification provided for the nominee:
Julie’s comprehensive involvement with RNA Canada, encompassing roles as Outreach Committee leader, participation in the Education Committee, and her current role as RNA Canada’s Secretary, provides her with an in-depth understanding of the organization’s inner workings, ensuring a seamless transition to the new board.
Furthermore, Julie played a pivotal role in the successful launch of RNA Canada’s new website, embodying her vision for the organization’s online presence. She has received the esteemed Blue Jacket Award, further showcasing her dedication and excellence in her field. Julie’s impact extends beyond RNA Canada, with a track record of leadership and innovation in her role as Graduate Coordinator and Associate Chair for the Molecular Genetics department, including curriculum development initiatives and award-winning graduate mentorship.
Her contributions also span numerous conferences and seminars in her field, exemplifying her international influence. She holds memberships in esteemed professional organizations, serves as a reviewer on the CIHR GMX panel, and has recently taken on the role of SO, cementing her status as an exceptional candidate for the RNA Canada Board of Directors.