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Jul 6, 2020

Santa J. Ono, PhD, a biomedical researcher and president of the University of British Columbia, assesses COVID-19’s impact on higher education —and society as a whole —in the latest edition of the higher education podcast Innovators.

Just as COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the health
and wellbeing of some population groups (e.g., senior citizens, people of color, and individuals with underlying medical conditions), the pandemic will hit some academic institutions — or categories of academic institutions — much harder than others, Ono said.

A child of Japanese parents, Ono grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, attended the University of Chicago for undergraduate studies, then returned to Canada to earn a doctorate in experimental medicine from Montreal’s McGill University. He did post-graduate work at Harvard University before joining the medical faculties of — in chronological order — Johns Hopkins University, University College London, and Emory University in Atlanta.

Innovators is a podcast production of Harris Search Associates. The show is produced by Grant Burkhardt. 

*The views and opinions shared by the guests on Innovators do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewee's institution or organization.*