Gilis is the Director of the Physical Science and Engineering Education Research Centre at the University of Guelph.
He has spent the bulk of his training and career working on multidisciplinary teams which have focused on public health assessment, and natural resource management. This has included collaborative projects with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, Health Canada, Environment Canada, B.C. Cancer Agency, the Government of Brazil, the Saugeen Ojibway First Nations, McGill University, Laurentian University, and numerous departments within the UG including Integrative Biology, Cell Biology, the O.V.C.’s Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Engineering. Most recently he has been working with the Inuit of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador.
Gillis' research interests span statistics, computer science, biology, pedagogy, and community-engaged scholarship. He is a co-founder of Farm To Fork, a project which aims to improve the quality and quantity of food donated to food banks and pantries by connecting donors with the real-time needs of emergency food providers, co-creator of ICON, a transdisciplinary undergraduate classroom that brings students from across campus together to work on social challenges, and co-founder of GuelphHacks, a multidisciplinary annual hackathon held at the University of Guelph.
He is a member of the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, the Professional Advisory Committee for the Computer Science program at Sheridan College, the eNuk Scientific Advisory Panel, the Open Food Network Advisory Committee, and the Right Mesh Scientific Advisory Committee.