I am a field epidemiologist with a focus on communicable diseases with extensive experience working in public health at the local, provincial, national and international level.
I hold a BSc in Honours Biology from the University of Ottawa, a BASc in Occupational and Public Health Safety from Toronto Metropolitan University (now Toronto Metropolitan University), and an MHSc and PhD in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
I am a CIHR public health policy fellow, a certified public health inspector and a field epidemiologist graduate with the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program (FETP). In 2012, I was awarded with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for my service to public health in Canada and abroad.
I have had the opportunity to investigate several outbreaks both locally and abroad, such as cancer clusters and foodborne/waterborne illness outbreaks, investigations and research into adverse events following immunization, a Stop Transmission of Polio mission in Cameroon, and an emergency response for the H1N1 pandemic in Mexico and Nunavut. I was deployed as a World Health Organization epidemiologist consultant for the Ebola Emergency Response in Guinea (2014-15) and as a Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders epidemiologist for post-Ebola recovery efforts in Sierra Leone (2016).
My main research interests lie broadly in the fields of communicable disease epidemiology, field epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, global health, vaccinology, food safety and environmental health.