Tonya Ward received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Illimar Altosaar. Her doctoral research included a metagenomic analysis of the microbiome of human milk through next generation sequencing (Ward et al. 2013. BMC Microbiology), as well as in vivo analyses of the fate and function of human milk immune components using animal models (Ward et al. 2013. Pediatric Research; Ward et al. 2013. Immunobiology).