Vice-President, Genomics Programs
Dr. Karl Tibelius is currently the Vice President, Genomics Programs, at Genome Canada, where he is responsible for providing leadership and expertise in the development and implementation of strategies, initiatives and approaches for national and international genomics research programs, partnerships and collaborations; science policies; scientific evaluation; peer review systems and processes; and, research administration. Prior to joining Genome Canada, Dr. Tibelius led teams at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC), that designed and delivered research funding programs such as the Canadian Genome Analysis and Technology (CGAT) Program, HIV/AIDS Research, Interdisciplinary Health Research Teams, research training and salary award programs, and CIHR’s largest program, Open Operating Grants. During his career, Dr. Tibelius has built up a wealth of experience in program design, peer review processes, evaluating programs and building mutually beneficial partner relationships.
Dr. Tibelius obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba, a Ph.D. in Microbiology at McGill University, followed by postdoctoral studies on the molecular genetics of nitrogen-fixing bacteria at the Unit of Nitrogen Fixation, Agricultural & Food Research Council, Brighton, UK. He continued this research after joining the Department of Microbiology, McGill University, as an Assistant Professor before moving to Ottawa to join the Medical Research Council.