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Public health officials have used pathogen molecular typing in infectious disease investigations for many years, but what lies behind the test results for outbreak investigations? This presentation will outline the underlying principles of pathogen molecular typing and relate them to their use in public health. Different typing methodologies will be described in non-technical language to give attendees a better understanding of how different molecular typing results can affect public health investigations.
Presenter: Alex Marchand-Austin
Alex Marchand-Austin completed both his HBSc in cell and molecular biology and his MSc in laboratory medicine and pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining PHO as the manager of laboratory surveillance and data management in 2013, Alex held positions with the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as a private food testing laboratory. His current role focuses on facilitating the use of laboratory data for supporting laboratory operations, surveillance, and research endeavours.
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