Jane Bailly, PhD
Jane is an art lover and a scientist. She got her undergraduate degree in biology at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada) followed by a Masters in molecular biology at University of Toronto. She did her PhD at the University of Ottawa in molecular virology and went on to work as a post-doc researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, making live virus vaccines for pediatric respiratory diseases.
All the time Jane was in the lab doing experiments, she was also taking classes in painting and art history. She got her best ideas for lab experiments while watching modern dance and wrote most of her theses and scientific articles in local art galleries. Jane is grateful for the many ways her exposure to the arts made her a free-thinking, creative scientist and wants to “pay it forward” by carrying the message that an arts education is directly connected to emotional intelligence, esteem, civic engagement and achievement in life. As a scientist and researcher, she is interested in making this relationship “evidence-based” by developing tangible metrics that communicate the undeniable benefit of arts enrichment.