Jennifer Bassett is a Research Associate at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). She is responsible for researching, writing, and providing project management support on various assessments.
Prior to joining the CCA, Jennifer completed post-doctoral studies at McMaster University in cancer immunotherapy. This exciting field involves harnessing the power of the immune system to attack cancer cells specifically, while leaving normal cells intact. During her time at McMaster, Jennifer was involved in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in health psychology, psychobiology, and immunology, and writing primary research articles and review papers. She is a passionate advocate for vaccination and enjoys keeping up with the latest vaccine research.
Jennifer holds a B.Sc. in molecular biology and biotechnology from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in immunology from McMaster University. Jennifer’s graduate work focused on the immune response to recombinant vaccines.
At the CCA, Jennifer has worked on several health-related assessments, including The Health Effects of Conducted Energy Weapons, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, Accessing Health and Health-Related Data in Canada, and Building on Canada’s Strengths in Regenerative Medicine.
She has worked on the Medical Assistance in Dying assessment. Jennifer has also worked on two assessments outside of the health field, Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions and Commercial Marine Shipping Accidents: Understanding the Risks in Canada.