Melissa Richard-Greenblatt

Clinical Microbiologist

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“Equitable access to laboratory medicine and diagnostics should not be dependent on where you live. One of my main motivations behind a career in clinical microbiology is to improve test access in unserved populations. At PHO, we are dedicated to reducing health inequities by supporting laboratory capacity building, providing equitable access to laboratory services, and sharing scientific knowledge with our colleagues and the public. My professional goals combined with PHO’s mission is an exciting environment where we can address inequities in laboratory medicine to build healthier communities.”

Areas of Expertise

  • mycobacteriology
  • point-of-care testing
  • pre-analytics in microbiology
  • clinical laboratory capacity building
  • global health microbiology


  • Assistant professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
  • Researcher, Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Fellow of the Canadian College Microbiologists (FCCM) 
  • Fellow of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Experimental Medicine), University of British Columbia

PHO Research Interests

  • Application of alternative pre-analytic and analytic methods to enhance access to infectious disease diagnostics in rural and remote communities
  • Whole genome sequencing for prediction of antimicrobial resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Evaluation of point-of-care diagnostics for infectious diseases
  • Impact of enhancing microbiology laboratory capacity in low-resource settings (locally and internationally)
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Updated 5 April 2023