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PHO Spokespersons
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    Dr. Vanessa Allen, Chief, Medical Microbiology
    Areas of expertise:
    • Sexually transmitted infections (e.g., gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia)
    • Antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance
    • Molecular epidemiology
    • Food- and water-borne infections
    • C. difficile
    For Dr. Allen’s research interests, click here.
  • Shelly Bolotin
    Dr. Shelly Bolotin, Scientist

    ​Areas of expertise:

    • Vaccine-preventable diseases
    • Population immunity
    • Hepatitis C
    • Sero-epidemiology
    • Microbiology

    For Dr. Bolotin's research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Ray Copes, Chief, Environmental and Occupational Health
    Areas of expertise:
    • Exposure and risk assessment
    • Risk communication
    • Occupational and environmental medicine
    • Air pollution
    • Toxicity of metals
    For Dr. Copes’ research interests, click here.
  • Dr. Natasha S. Crowcroft, Chief, Applied Immunization Research
    Areas of expertise:
    • Vaccination programs and vaccine-preventable diseases
    • Immunization
    • Vaccination coverage
    • Encephalitis
    • Surveillance
    For Dr. Crowcroft’s research interests, click here.
  • Dr. Shelley Deeks, Chief, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response*
    Areas of expertise:
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
    • Vaccine-preventable disease control
    • Vaccine safety
    • Vaccine program evaluation
    • Immunization science
    For Dr. Deeks’ research interests, click here.
  • Gary Garber
    Dr. Gary Garber, Chief, Infection Prevention and Control
    Areas of expertise:
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • Health care-associated infections
    • C. difficile
    • HIV and blood-borne pathogens
    For Dr. Garber’s research interests, click here.
  • Dr. Jonathan Gubbay, Deputy Chief, Medical Microbiology
    Areas of expertise:
    • Respiratory viruses
    • Gastrointestinal viruses
    • Arboviruses
    • Viral molecular epidemiology
    For Dr. Gubbay’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Erin Hobin, Scientist

    ​Areas of expertise:

    • Population-level interventions for obesity prevention
    • Environmental factors and obesity-related behaviours including healthy eating and physical activity
    • School-based policies targeting physical activity and healthy eating
    • Food and nutrition labels

    For Dr. Hobin’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Frances Jamieson, Medical Microbiologist
    Areas of expertise:
    • Tuberculosis and mycobacteriology
    • Molecular epidemiology
    • Neisseria meningitidis
    • Haemophilus influenza
    • Bordetella pertussis
    For Dr. Jamieson’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Jennie Johnstone, Infection Prevention and Control Physician

    Areas of expertise:

    • Health care-associated infections (e.g., C. difficile)
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Epidemiology

    For Dr. Johnstone’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. JinHee Kim, Public Health Physician

    ​Areas of expertise:

    • Surveillance of environmental hazards and exposures
    • Food safety and risk
    • Primary care medicine
    • Land use planning policy
    • Environmental burden of disease

    For Dr. Kim’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Elaina MacIntyre, Epidemiologist Specialist

    ​Areas of expertise:

    • Environmental epidemiology
    • Environmental hygiene
    • Cancer clusters
    • Radon
    • Air pollution
  • Heather Manson
    Dr. Heather Manson, Chief, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
    Areas of expertise:
    • Health promotion
    • Chronic diseases
    • Injury prevention
    • Comprehensive tobacco control
    • Child and youth health
    For Dr. Manson’s research interests, click here.
  • Dr. John McLaughlin, Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist

    ​Areas of expertise:

    • Epidemiology
    • Public and population health
    • Environmental risk factors
    • Molecular epidemiology
    • Research integrity

    For Dr. McLaughlin’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Samir Patel, Microbiologist

    Areas of expertise:

    • Antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance
    • Hospital-associated infections
    • Zoonotic diseases
    • Lyme Disease

    For Dr. Patel’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Curtis Russell, Senior Program Specialist
    Areas of expertise:
    • Vector-borne diseases
    • West Nile Virus and Zika Virus
    • Lyme Disease
    • General insect biology
  • Dr. Brian Schwartz, Vice-President*
    Areas of expertise:
    • Pandemic planning and response
    • Public health and health systems emergency preparedness and response
    • Emergency medical services
    • Management of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) injuries
    For Dr. Schwartz’s research interests, click here.
  • Dr. Bryna Warshawsky, Medical Director, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response*

    ​Areas of expertise:

    • Influenza epidemiology
    • Influenza vaccine and vaccination programs
    • Hepatitis C epidemiology
    • Rabies
    • Outbreak investigations

    For Dr. Warshawsky’s research interests, click here.

  • Dr. Sarah Wilson, Medical Epidemiologist

    ​Areas of expertise:

    • Immunization coverage assessment
    • Immunization program evaluation
    • Vaccine-preventable diseases
    • Outbreak investigation

    For Dr. Wilson’s research interests, click here.

For a list of our PHO researchers, please visit the Research page.
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