Dr. Vanessa Tran

Clinical Microbiologist
Public Health Ontario Laboratory

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ON WHY PUBLIC HEALTH ONTARIO IS IMPORTANT

PHO is where the action is! We are at the forefront of safeguarding public health in Ontario. Working at PHO combines my passion for microbiology and public health. I love that I get to work on infectious diseases and molecular diagnostics while having a direct impact on the health of Ontarians.

Areas of Expertise

  • molecular microbiology 
  • molecular diagnostics
  • bloodborne viruses 
  • molecular epidemiology 
  • serology

Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Fellow, Canadian College of Microbiologists (FCCM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Molecular Genetics), University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Science (Microbiology), University of Guelph

PHO Research Interests

  • investigation of molecular diagnostics and point-of-care testing 
  • diagnostics to improve testing access and equity 
  • molecular epidemiology of HIV and hepatitis viruses
  • co-infection of bloodborne pathogens  

PHO Research Activities

  • evaluating methods to examine and understand the serological response in COVID-19 
  • collaborating on the investigation of seroprevalence of COVID-19 in Ontario
  • using testing data to investigate the rate of co-infection of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses in Ontario

Selected Publications

  1. Respiratory Virus Infections (ReVI) Working Group. The Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network (CPHLN) statement on point-of-care serology testing in COVID-19. Winnipeg, MB: National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases; 2020.
  2. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). COVID-19 seroprevalence in Ontario: March 27, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2020.
  3. Walkty A, Adam H, Tran V, Alexander DC, Boyd D, Bharat A, et al. Failure of a multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay to detect IMP-27 in a clinical isolate of Morganella morganii. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2018;92(3):194-5.
  4. Stein M, Tran V, Nichol KA, Lagacé-Wiens P, Pieroni P, Adam HJ, et al. Evaluation of three MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry libraries for the identification of filamentous fungi in three clinical microbiology laboratories in Manitoba, Canada. Mycoses. 2018;61(10):743-53.
  5. Mehta N, Perrais B, Martin K, Kumar A, Hobman TC, Cabalfin-Chua MN, Donaldo ME, Siose Painaga MS, Gaite JY, Tran V, Kain KC, Hawkes MT, Yanow SK. A direct from blood/plasma reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction for dengue virus detection in point-of-care settings. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019;100(6):1534-40.

View more publications by Dr. Vanessa Tran on PubMed.gov

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Contact

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Updated 5 June 2021