Katharine Sedivy-Haley


Katharine Sedivy-Haley is a Researcher at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). She joined the CCA in June 2020 through the internship program. As a Researcher, she is responsible for researching, writing, and providing project management support on various assessments.

Katharine’s research interests include bioinformatics, inflammation, and antimicrobial resistance. As an undergraduate, she researched fundamental plant genetics. She then transitioned to studying the response of macrophages (a white blood cell involved in inflammation and repair) to treatments targeting the immune system. Katharine’s doctoral thesis compared gene expression in different types of macrophages in response to Salmonella infection. This research revealed expression patterns relevant to the progression of sepsis, and evaluated the use of stem cell derived macrophages for studying this infection.

In addition to her academic publications, Katharine has published a variety of general audience articles on scientific issues relevant to her research interests. She has enjoyed participating in science outreach through Let’s Talk Science and the UBC Centre for Blood Research, and in organizational policy development through the UBC Graduate Student Society.

Katharine holds a PhD (2020) in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia, and a B.Sc. (Hon.) (2012) in Biochemistry from Queen’s University.

She has worked on the International Practices for Funding Natural Science and Engineering Research and The Circular Economy in Canada assessments.