CV

Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher

Toronto, ON | m.bonsma@mail.utoronto.ca

EDUCATION

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON – 2015 to present
PhD Candidate, Physics
Supervisor: Sidhartha Goyal
Research area: biological physics – bacteria-phage interactions

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON – 2014 to 2015
MSc, Physics
Supervisor: Sidhartha Goyal
Thesis: “Analyzing Prokaryote-Phage Interactions Using the CRISPR locus”

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON – 2009 to 2014
BSc, Honours Co-operative Physics
Minor: Biology
Honours Thesis: “Analyzing Oscillations in the Rat Ventral Striatum”

RESEARCH

Graduate

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Biophysics Group, Department of Physics – 2014 to present

phageParser Open Source Project
Project Lead – 2015 to present

Undergraduate

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Computational Neuroscience Group, Department of Biology – 2013-2014
Supervised by Dr. Matthijs van der Meer.

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
DREAMS Undergraduate Visiting Research Assistant – Summer 2013
Supervised by Dr. Jeff Dahn.

Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Undergraduate Research Assistant – Fall 2012
Supervised by Dr. Kevin Resch.

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Vineland, ON
Research Assistant – Summer 2010

Industry

Sensors & Software Inc., Mississauga, ON
R&D Applications Testing Assistant – Winter 2011 & Winter 2012

Christie Digital Systems Inc., Kitchener, ON
Optical Engineering Assistant – Fall 2011

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed publications

M. Bonsma-Fisher, D. Soutiere, S. Goyal.
How adaptive immunity constrains the composition and fate of large bacterial populations.  PNAS (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1802887115. Full text PDF

L. Vermeyden, X. Ma, J. Lavoie, M. Bonsma, U. Sinha, R. Laflamme, K. J. Resch.
Experimental test of environment-assisted invariance. Physical Review A, 91, 012120 (2015).

L. Vermeyden*, M. Bonsma*, C. Noel, J.M. Donohue, E. Wolfe, K. J. Resch.
Experimental violation of three families of Bell inequalities. Physical Review A, 87, 032105 (2013). *These authors contributed equally to this work.

Other publications

M. Bonsma-Fisher and A. Hasan. Working with plant phenology data and fitting a nonlinear model using least squares in R. NEON Faculty Mentoring Network, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4Q73D’

M. Bonsma-Fisher. Working with spreadsheet-style data in Python with pandas and seaborn. QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4PF1D

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Invited Talks and Panels

M. Bonsma-Fisher.
Open CRISPR: leveraging open source for scientific discovery
Free Software and Open Source Symposium 2018, Toronto, Canada – October 25, 2018 [Keynote]

M. Bonsma.
Are You Open?
Shaking it Up: Making Open Science Work For You, Toronto, Canada – April 25, 2017 [Panelist]

M. Bonsma.
Using Personas and Pathways to Build Community
Mozilla Science Lab Working Open Workshop, Montreal, Canada – March 10, 2017

Contributed Talks and Workshops

M. Bonsma-Fisher.
Working with data in Python,
iSchool Master of Information Programming Bootcamp, Toronto, Canada – September 7, 2018 [Workshop]

M. Bonsma-Fisher, D. Soutiere, S. Goyal.
Adaptive immunity constrains the composition and fate of large bacterial populations
APS March Meeting, Los Angeles, USA – March 7, 2018

M. Bonsma, D. Soutiere, S. Goyal.
Modelling the effect of CRISPR on bacteria-virus interactions
Ontario Networking Event in Biophysics, Mississauga, Canada – June 16, 2017;

M. Bonsma, S. Goyal.
Building bacteria-phage interaction networks using the CRISPR locus.
Women in Physics Canada Conference, Toronto, ON – July 31, 2015p;

Poster Sessions

M. Bonsma-Fisher, D. Soutiere, S. Goyal.
How adaptive immunity constrains the composition and fate of large bacterial populations.
Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution 2018, Guelph, Canada – July 19, 2018

M. Bonsma-Fisher, D. Soutiere, S. Goyal.
Diversity and survival in the CRISPR adaptive immune system.
Ontario Networking Event in Biophysics, Mississauga, Canada – June 15, 2018

M. Bonsma, S. Goyal.
Building bacteria-phage interaction networks using the CRISPR locus.
The Ninth q-bio Conference, Blacksburg, VA – August 6, 2015 

SELECTED AWARDS

NSERC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto – 2016-2019
NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research – 2016-2017
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral – 2016-2017 [Declined]
Mozilla Network50 – 50 People Who Made the Internet a Better Place in 2016
Van Kranendonk Teaching Assistant Award, University of Toronto – 2015-2016
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, University of Toronto – 2015-2016
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto – 2014-2015
Mike Lazaridis Scholarship in Theoretical Physics, University of Waterloo (declined) – 2013
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, University of Waterloo – 2012