Meet the Scientist

Dr. Susan P. Yates, BSc, MSc, PhD

I am a scientist and an educator. 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 Trent University and Queen's 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 as we learn to build our solid foundation of knowledge. Always putting the needs of my students first.

I was awarded the 2016-2017 Biochemistry Award for Teaching Excellence from Queen's University. And I was nominated and shortlisted for the 2018 Trent University's Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. These were both special moments to be acknowledged by my students for my commitment to teaching.

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 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 STEM Play adventures and to give our young scientists the opportunity to have fun while learning a thing or two in the process. All children are truly scientists and engineers at heart! Embrace it!