United States of America
Jill Banfield was born in Armidale, NSW. She graduated from the Australian National University with a B.Sc. Hons. in Geology in 1981 and a M.Sc. under the direction of Prof. Tony Eggleton in 1985. She received a Ph.D. in mineralogy and transmission electron microscopy in 1990 from the Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A., Prof. David R. Veblen, supervisor. She was appointed as an Assistant Professor at UW Madison in 1990 in Geology and Geophysics. Between 1996 and 1998 she was co-appointed in the Mineralogical Institute, University of Tokyo, where she was promoted to Professor. She joined the Departments of Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley in 2002 where she established a research group in geomicrobiology. She also holds an appointment as a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her current research is largely at the interface of microbiology and ecosystem science, with emphasis of molecular analysis of microbial communities and their impacts on the environment.