Meet the Scientist

Susan P. Yates, BSc, MSc, PhD

Once upon a time, I was an academic and a scientist. With a PhD in Biochemistry, I spent years in research laboratories making my own mark in the science world. I had great success as a researcher with 12 peer-reviewed publications, many in high impact journals like Nature, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Trends in Biological Sciences. Even with these accomplishments as a researcher, I have always received the greatest joy when I share my knowledge and experiences with others. There is no finer occupation than being an educator. I have had the privilege to act as a professor, teacher and mentor to thousands of students in the Canadian University and College systems for the past 10+ years.

I continue to educate students both at Queen's University and Trent University in the field of biological sciences in either the physical or virtual classroom. And I always use my philosophy that we should enjoy the journey to building our solid foundation of knowledge. Always putting the needs of my students first.

A recent highlight in my career as an educator came when I was awarded the 2016-2017 Biochemistry Award for Teaching Excellence from Queen's University. It was a special moment to receive this honour from my students.

I also serve on the Executive Committee for the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Regional Science Fair (FLASF). My involvement helps to foster my desire to promote and inspire young scientists in our community.

But the most important job I have is that of a parent to two wonderful girls. To them I am not Dr. Yates I am simply Mom.

And with this new role, I have the special honour of sharing both my love and passion for science, learning, and education with my own children EVERY single day. I am reminded how wonderful it is to see things through the eyes of a child. Getting back to the roots of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) has been so refreshing. And this collaboration with my children has even taught me a few new things.

By creating STEM Play Every Day, my mission is to share our experiments and our experiences in the most honest way possible. I will always be practical and realistic about how things really happened. I promise to share the good, the bad and the ugly (and the hilarious!) because STEM can be all of those things. But the bottom line is it must be FUN! And trust me we’re having a BLAST!

Dr. Susan P. Yates