Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases
Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases (MIID)
Provincial Laboratory for Public Health
Address: 3330 Hospital Drive N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N1
B.A., Political Science, University of British Columbia, 1992
B.Sc., Cell & Developmental Biology, University of British Columbia, 1994
M.Sc., Pathology Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, 1998
Ph.D., Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2003
Development of novel tools for the diagnosis of human respiratory pathogens, studies of bacterial and viral virulence and fitness factors, antimicrobial resistance, and studies of respiratory infection in human populations.
Novel diagnostic tools- Novel tools may or may not be based on PCR or molecular technology but are focused on providing diagnostic tests that have excellent test characteristics, are easy to use and economical.
- Virulence and fitness factors- Understanding the molecular strategies that pathogens use during infection, how pathogens cause diseases in hosts, and how pathogens become more fit.
- Antimicrobial resistance- Understanding trends in resistance, understanding the benefits and penalties to pathogens which carry mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, and development of new methodologies to identify antimicrobial resistance.
- Studies of respiratory infection in human populations- Characterization of prevalence, understanding mixed infections, characterizing novel and emerging respiratory pathogens.