Dr. Connie Eaves was a co-founder of the Terry Fox Laboratory in 1981, and has served both as its Deputy Director and Director. During her PhD studies in the late 1960’s, she discovered that two groups of cells contribute to the generation of antibody responses, heralding the subsequent recognition of two important types of immune cells: B and T cells. She has since contributed many seminal advances to our understanding of stem cells involved in blood formation and how they work in both health and disease. Over the last decade, she has also become an expert in breast stem cells. She has published more than 440 papers and received numerous scholarships and awards over the course of her career and is also a major protagonist of excellence in training.
Medical doctor and PhD student Jessica Schreiter talked to Connie to find about her career, what motivates her and what advice she has for young scientists today.