Jasmine is a Writer, Scientist and 2014 Byron Fellow who is committed to participating in efforts which improve the access to and quality of healthcare for all people. Her interest in health and medicine developed during her childhood in the Caribbean, where she was born and raised, and where she first realized the importance of creativity and innovation in using medical discovery to positively improve livelihoods. Her academic, personal and professional pursuits are especially focused on restructuring the global health dialogue around values in Global Health governance and she has explored these themes in many ways.

Her multidisciplinary academic training, as well as her experience participating in policy research in Cambodia and at the WHO in Geneva, have allowed her to gain understanding of the complexity of health systems and uniquely positions her to lead many aspects of the debate and dialogue on healthcare, which she explores as a blogger and editor for “This Week in Global health”.

Jasmine completed her B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Trent University, a certificate in Global Health Governance from the Sandford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a Ph.D. in Pathology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, through which she has been recognized for her communication, academic and research excellence in the area of transfusion medicine.

She is a 2016 nominee for Governor General’s Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence, winner of the Jay Telfer Award for Leadership in Global Education and a consecutive winner of the Canadian Biomaterials Oral Presentation award for her work in the area of high molecular weight nanomedicines.