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Jennifer Gardy

Microbial Mercenary: Jennifer Gardy

Dr. Jennifer Gardy is a truly rare individual. In her job, you’ll find her hunting and researching bacteria and viruses as an epidemiologist. In her spare time she’s one of Canadian TV’s best known science communicators. In person, she is a critical mass of brains, brightness, creativity and comedy.

Whilst wearing her scientist hat, she runs the Genome Research Laboratory at the BC Centre for Disease Control and is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include using DNA sequencing as a tool to understand infectious disease transmission, and in 2011 her team was the first to use genomics and social network analysis to reconstruct a large TB outbreak.

During a moment of creative genius at the TDC 2012 after party, Jennifer Gardy along with fellow TDC speaker Tom Scott and performer Jessica Latshaw, recorded a video of Jennifer’s A-Z of Epidemiology which she wrote during TDC 2012.

If you would like to learn more about Jennifer, we recommend taking a journey through her quirky handwritten website (yes, actually handwritten) jennifergardy.com, but if you want to jump straight to her super serious scientific publications head over to her Tumblr.

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