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Jennifer Gardy - Towards Digital Pathogen Surveillance: Integrating Genomic and Digital Epidemiology for Improved Infectious Disease Surveillance

Thursday, October 21, 2021 2pm to 3pm

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Jennifer Gardy PhD,  joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Malaria team as deputy director, Surveillance, Data, and Epidemiology in February 2019. Before that, she spent ten years at the BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, where she held the Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics. Her research focused on the use of genomics as a tool to understand pathogen transmission, and incorporated techniques drawn from genomics, bioinformatics, modelling, information visualization, and the social sciences. She earned her PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University.

In 2018, Jennifer was named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in STEM by BC Business Magazine, and was named one of the Government of Canada’s 20 Women of Impact in STEM. In addition to her science work, Jennifer is also a science communicator, hosting many episodes of science documentary television for Canada’s national broadcast, as well as authoring science books for children, including a new book to be released in Sept 2021.

The EPPIcenter at UCSF brings a systems epidemiology approach to understanding complex infectious disease dynamics by integrating state-of-the-art data collection, molecular technologies, and computational analysis. Our interdisciplinary approach provides novel insight into the targeting of interventions to reduce and ultimately eliminate infectious disease burden.


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