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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"Being at PHO allows me to be at the interface of world-leading research that is directly used in public health policy and practice. Seeing the results of my research in action is the ultimate motivation; more importantly, I get a better appreciation of what the research needs are from the people that are using it so I can design my work accordingly."

Laura Rosella, Scientist


Academic degrees and accreditations 

  • Doctor of philosophy (Epidemiology), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Master of health sciences (Epidemiology and Community Health), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiological methods
  • Applied biostatistics
  • Population-based risk tools to support public health planning
  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Public health policy

PHO research interests

  • Support and evaluate public health activities across various content areas, including chronic and infectious disease.
  • Studying population-based approaches to reducing diabetes and obesity.
  • Inform population intervention strategies for diabetes using the Diabetes Population Risk Tool (DPoRT), which makes use of publicly available risk factor surveillance data to estimate future diabetes risk. 
  • Investigating novel applications of the DPoRT.
  • Provide ongoing methodological and analytical support to PHO scientists for Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences’ (ICES) related projects.

Current PHO research activities

  • Quantifying future risk and burden of type 2 diabetes in Canada.
  • Investigating biomarkers for type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.
  • Investigating the characteristics and upstream determinants of high-cost users of Ontario’s health care system 
  • Examining partnerships to guide the adaption, implementation, and evaluation of DPoRT within local (e.g., public health units), provincial (e.g., Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), and Canadian context. 
  • The ORAD (Oral Health and Diabetes) Study.
  • Neighbourhood walkability and chronic disease risk in Canada.
  • Hepatitis B in migrants and the general population in Ontario in 2010–12.   

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