Jiewen Guan received her Bachelor (1994) and Master (1997) degree in Biochemical Engineering, in the South China University of Technology in Guangdong, China, and her PhD (2002) in Food Microbiology, in the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in Massachusetts, the United States of America. She joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in 2002 and since then she has been working as a research scientist in the CFIA at the Ottawa Laboratory (Fallowfield) in Ottawa, Canada. Her early career focused on safe disposal of animal carcasses and disinfection of animal premises for control of infectious animal disease outbreaks. Later on, she developed research interest in airborne transmission of avian influenza viruses. More recently, her research interest expands to understanding the mechanisms of horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance in the gut microbiome.