Madalene earned her BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics (minor in Statistics) from the University of Guelph. She then went on to complete her PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Through-out her academic career, she moonlighted as a writing consultant, first with the University of Guelph’s Writing Services team, and then with the UBC’s Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. After completing her PhD thesis, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Mayo Clinic, integrating multiple types of -omics data using penalized regression methods, and striving to discover genetic and epigenetic mechanisms behind ovarian cancer.  As a researcher, her areas of focus have been: oncology, human genetics, genomics, pharmacogenomics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology.

At W21C, Madalene works with Dr. Ayn Sinnarajah on projects evaluating end of life hospital care for cancer and non-cancer patients.