Dr. Johnstone has a B.Sc. Honours in Biology from Memorial University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University. Her Ph.D. research focused on the identification and characterization of olfactory receptors in Atlantic salmon.
Dr. Johnstone brings a diverse background in aquaculture and genomic research, project management and proposal development to the Synapse team. Prior to joining Synapse, Dr. Johnstone used her passion for research to assist in the management and development of large-scale applied research projects at Genome Atlantic. Dr. Johnstone has successfully managed large-scale multi-institutional projects ensuring milestones were achieved on time and within budget. She has worked with researchers in academia, industry and government in multiple sectors, including aquaculture and health. She has assisted in the development of successful research projects ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. Dr. Johnstone has worked with eight project teams to develop large-scale research proposals. The majority of these proposals were applied projects combining academic researchers and industry/government partners. One of Dr. Johnstone’s biggest accomplishments was working on the development of two successfully funded industry-led proposals with a combined total budget of $7.5M. She has broadened her expertise from a research background to also include experience in proposal and business development, and intellectual property management.
As Synapse’s Senior Technology Transfer and Industry Liaison Officer Dr. Johnstone works to facilitate linking business to the applied research capacity within UPEI. She is passionate about supporting the UPEI researchers and industry interests to assist in the successful transfer of innovative ideas into commercial products, business opportunities and public knowledge.