Fiona Brinkman is a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry and associate professor of computing sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Brinkman's expertise in pathogen bioinformatics has led her to develop internationally leading computational tools for analyses of human and microbe responses to infection. Dr. Brinkman also runs other resources, such as InnateDB, a database and analysis platform that facilitates systems biology-based analyses of host responses to infection. She was one of the first to integrate pathogen genomic data with social network data to aid identification of the cause of an infectious disease outbreak. She has also used her expertise to aid metagenomics or genomics-based projects in agricultural and environmental research fields.
Dr. Brinkman has been Director of Bioinformatics or Principle Investigator for multiple Genome Canada projects and is on the Scientific Advisory Boards for two US bioinformatics database initiatives. She has received multiple awards, including the Young Innovator award from the Innovation and Science Council of BC, the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Fisher Award, Canada's Top 100 Women from the Women's Executive Network, a TR100 award from MIT and most recently, was recognized for her publication record as one of Thomson Reuters “World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014”.