Kanefsky receives 2023 CANR Excellence in Research Performance and Support Award

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife laboratory manager Jeannette Kanefsky, Ph.D., to receive 2023 CANR Excellence in Research Performance and Support Award.

Jeannette Kanefsky, Ph.D.

Jeannette Kanefsky, Ph.D., laboratory manager for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will receive the CANR Excellence in Research Performance and Support Award on May 11.

The CANR Excellence in Research Performance and Support Award recognizes a support staff member for their outstanding performance at a teaching and research center, in a laboratory, field-based research, or a research administrative support role.

“I am honored to have received this award, and want to thank all of my colleagues who have helped make doing my job easier over the years. I am lucky to have a position where I’m able to work on sturgeon again,” Kanefsky said. 

Kanefsky has been a genetics lab manager in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department for 15 years working with Kim Scribner, Ph.D. Kanefsky earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in molecular phylogenetics and evolution from Ohio State University where her project focused on sturgeon and paddlefish. She enjoys the variety of projects and the diversity of species they study, working with students to help them carry out their research, and her co-workers.

One of her nominators said, “The formative impacts of her research and training outcomes are widely felt throughout the department and university. Jeannette is incredibly patient and has great personal communication skills that allows her to interact with cooperators. Jeannette truly is an outreach and extension ambassador for our program and for the department.”

Additional nominators commented, “Perhaps most importantly, Jeannette is an excellent influence on the culture of the lab and is well-liked by all.”

“Immediately, Jeannette struck me as one of the most knowledgeable and skilled individuals I had met in my academic career to date. She possesses a skillset in molecular wet-lab protocols, bioinformatic processing, and data analysis at such a wide breadth, it seems nearly impossible.”

Kanefsky’s husband also works at MSU, and their daughter is a student at the University of Michigan.


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