Dr Layton received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2001. She joined the University of Waterloo in 2018. Before then, she held the position of the Robert R. and Katherine B. Penn Professor of Mathematics, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Duke University. At Waterloo, she is the Professor of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Pharmacy, and Biology. She also serves as the Associate Dean, Research and International, for the Faculty of Mathematics, and chairs the Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council at the University of Waterloo.