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The research activities of the Department of Medical Microbiology are divided into 4 broad groups:
Molecular Virology

Host/Pathogen Interactions

Public Health




Dr. Anton Andonov

Andonov, Anton  (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: hepatitis D and E virus infections in Canada, identification of transfusion-transmitted infectious agents in Canadian apheresis patients, and assessment of Dengue virus outbreaks and their impact of blood safety
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: National Microbiology Laboratory
 Dr. Stephanie Booth

Booth, Stephanie (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: two main research goals: (i) to identify the role of microRNA regulators of immunity in brain infections, and (ii) to increase our understanding of the mechanism of neuronal death in prion-induced neurodegeneration as a means to identify novel therapeutics and biomarkers
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
 Dr. Timothy Booth

Booth, Timothy (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: Viral diseases and public health. Diagnosis and epidemiology of virus infections. Virus structure, evolution, morphogenesis and pathogenesis. Diagnostic imaging of infectious diseases. Modes of transmission of viral infections, aerobiology of virus transmission, intervention strategies including anti-virals and vaccines.

 Cao Jingxin

Cao, Jingxin (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interest: understanding how cells react to defend a virus infection and how a virus counteracts such cellular defense in order to replicate in its host cells. Our ultimate goal is to utilize the knowledge generated from such studies to design better therapeutic/prophylactic agents for viral infectious diseases.

 Kevin Coombs

Coombs, Kevin M. (Professor)

Research Interest: The goals of my research program are to better understand virus structure, function, assembly,and pathogenesis
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Department of Physiology, Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

Drebot, Michael A. (Associate Professor)
Research Interests: Applied and basic research involving the study of viral zoonotic and vector-borne pathogens such as West Nile virus, dengue virus, Jamestown Canyon virus and hantaviruses. Current research initiatives include the development and application of diagnostic platforms for enhancing surveillance for emerging mosquito-borne pathogens such as the California serogroup and Cache Valley viruses
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Director, Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada

Kindrachuk, Jason (Assistant Professor)
Research Interests
: Characterization of the molecular pathogenesis of emerging and re-emerging viruses (ex. Ebola virus, influenza viruses) that impact Canadian and global public health. A multidisciplinary approach will integrate basic research with available information regarding the clinical manifestations of disease. Initial investigations will focus on the molecular mechanisms of clinical Ebola virus disease.
The overall objectives are to:
1. Investigate the role of dysregulated barrier function in pathogenesis and disease severity for emerging and re-emerging viruses.
2. Characterize host responses to emerging and re-emerging viral infections at the level of kinase-mediated cell signaling through kinome analysis.
3. Identify and assess kinase inhibitors as novel host-targeted therapeutics in viral infections.
4. Identify disease biomarkers and novel therapeutic targets from patient samples of severe viral infections.
Specialty: Emerging and re-emerging viruses
 David Knox

Knox, David (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interest: use comparative genomics and proteomics to identify differentially expressed host genes and proteins characteristic of TSE infection

 Darwyn Kobasa

Kobasa, Darwyn (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interest: focused on the pathogenesis of respiratory viruses, primarily the influenza virus with emphasis on viral molecular determinants of virulence and host factors that contribute to severe disease
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada

Meyers, Adrienne (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: HIV pathogenesis, mechanisms of resistance to infection, mucosal innate immune mechanisms, and drug-resistance to antiretroviral therapies. Virology and innate immunology (NK cell biology), most recently with HIV, Influenza and Dengue.
Affiliations: National Laboratory for HIV Immunology, National HIV & Retrovirology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada

Osiowy, Carla (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests:
Molecular characterization of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis D virus (HDV): investigation of HBV and HDV genotypes, drug-resistant and immune-escape mutants; molecular epidemiology of HBV and HDV infection; investigation of occult HBV; HBV molecular evolution; investigation of HBV and HDV in indigenous populations of the circumpolar Arctic; HAV molecular epidemiology in Canada
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada

Safronetz, David
Research Interests: My research interests are focused on the ecology, epidemiology and pathogenesis of emerging/re-emerging rodent-borne viruses with emphasis on hantaviruses and Lassa virus. These projects frequently involve a combination of field work as well as high containment (BSL 3,4) research.
Affiliations: Chief of Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada.


Severini, Alberto (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Human papillomavirus testing and molecular epidemiology. Molecular diagnostics. Genomics of herpesviruses. Herpesvirus replication and pathogenesis mechanisms.
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
 James Strong

Strong, James (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: How Ebola and Marburg viruses interact with the cell’s signal transduction pathways for their own purpose of evading the host’s antiviral systems
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
 Hana Weingartl

Weingartl, Hana (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: Emerging diseases, zoonotic viruses of veterinary importance, pathogenesis, virus-host interaction, animal models
Specialty: Virology
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada

Yao, Xiao-Jian (Professor)

Research Interests: Investigation of molecular mechanisms underlying the early stage of HIV-1 replication, especially on HIV-1 integrase/cellular protein interactions required for HIV-1 DNA nuclear import, chromatin targeting and integration. Study on the mechanism involved in the combat between HIV-1 Vif and host defenders during HIV-1 replication, and development of new antiviral strategies by using host anti-HIV molecules. Development of new preventative and therapeutic strategies against HIV-1 infection and transmission. Development of a safe and sensitive avian influenza virus entry system for studying of the impact of H5N1 HA mutations on virus entry in human cells and for screening antiviral agents.
Affiliations: Manitoba Institute for Child Health,
Laboratory of Molecular Human Retrovirology



Heather Adam

Adam, Heather (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Epidemiology of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in Canada , particularly antibiotic resistant organisms with infection control implications such as MRSA and hVISA/VISA/ VRSA ; Molecular diagnostics.
Specialty: Bacteriology
Affiliation: Diagnostic Services of Manitoba
Michelle Alfa

Alfa, Michelle (Professor)

Research Interests: hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) derived from exogenous sources such as the patient-care environment or contaminated medical devices.
Specialty: Infectious disease, Hospital aquired infections
Affiliation: St. Boniface Research Centre
D. Bay

Bay, Denice (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Analysis of bacterial and fungal antimicrobial multidrug transporters structure-function, cell regulation, and evolution using a multidisciplinary approach involving molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioinformatics techniques.

 Kathryn Bernard

Bernard, Kathryn (Lecturer)

Research Interests: Characteristics of unusual, novel, or rare bacterial pathogens which have caused disease in humans. Providing evidence to attribute disease for humans by bacteria previously thought to be commensals or non pathogenic. Bacterial systematics and taxonomy.
Specialty: Bacteriology
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
 Silvia Cardona

Cardona, Silvia (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Opportunistic bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia complex. Bacterial pathogenesis and microbial genomics. Antibacterial drug discovery.
Specialty: Burkholderia cepacia complex

 Cindi Corbett

Corbett, Cindi R. (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: multi-drug resistant pathogens as well as, potential bacterial agents of bioterror for the development of novel immunotherapeutic and diagnostic reagents
Affiliations: Max Rady College of Medicine
 Kangmin Duan

Duan, Kangmin (Assistant Professor)

Research Interest: Bacterial cell-cell signalling and interactions; mechanisms of pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens; development of new antimicrobial strategies
Affiliations: Department of Oral Biology
 Dr. Fanella

Fanella, Sergio (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests:Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA infections in children; epidemiology of bacterial infections in children; Blastomycosis; antimicrobial resistance; pertussis; tropical and travel medicine.
Specialty: Pediatric infectious diseases
 Alfred Gin

Gin, Alfred (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Antibiotic resistance, antimicrobial drug use evaluation, antimicrobial cost containment.


Golding, George (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: Surveillance and molecular epidemiology of bacterial antimicrobial resistance in healthcare and community settings. Genomic characterization of emerging antimicrobial resistant organisms.

 Morag Graham

Graham, Morag (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: Comparative pathogenomics, molecular typing, biomarker discoveryEmerging pathogen characterization; Analysis of human microbial communities (microbiomes)Host genetic variations associated with infectious disease susceptibility and therapeutic respo
Specialty: Public Health
Affiliation: National Microbiology Laboratory
 Godfrey K.M. Harding

Harding, Godfrey K.M. (Professor)

Research Interests: Pathogenesis and prevention including vaccine efficacy in women with recurrent UTI's. Pathogenesis and management of Clostridium difficile infections. Clinical trials of new antimicrobials in UTI's, pneumonia, intra-abdominal and soft tissue infections. Antimicrobial resistance. Pharmacokinetics and pharmaco-dynamics of newer antimicrobial agents. Etiology and management of CAPD peritonitis.

 Daryl Hoban

Hoban, Daryl (Professor)

Research Interests: Molecular basis of antibiotic action. Surveillance of resistant pathogens. Epidemiology of Streptococcus pneumoniae infections
Affiliation: Diagnostic Services of Manitoba
 James Karlowsky

Karlowsky, James (Professor)

Research Interests: Antimicrobial resistance, clinical microbiology methods
Affiliation: Diagnostic Services Manitoba, St. Boniface Hospital

Knox, Natalie (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: The application of microbial genomics and bioinformatics for infectious disease surveillance and detection. Other areas of interest include comparative genomics, pathogenomics, metagenomics, and the impact of the human gut microbiome on health and disease.
Affiliation: National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada


 Kumar Ayush

Kumar, Ayush (Assistant Professor)

Research Interest: multidrug resistance in Gram-negative bacteria, Resistance-Nodulation-Division efflux pumps, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, pathogenicity and virulence, bacterial stress response, genomics and transcriptomics

 Anand Kumar

Kumar, Anand (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: translational aspects of antimicrobial therapy of septic shock


 Phil Legace-Wiens

Lagace-Wiens, Philippe (Assistant Professor)

Research Interest: Antibotic resistance, molecular diagnostics, treatment of resistant infections, travel and tropical infections, parasitology
Specialty: Antimicrobial resistance
Affiliation: Diagnostic Services Manitoba
 Song Liu

Liu, Song (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: 1) the development of novel surface engineering techniques for chemically inert semicrystalline polymers; 2) the development of new biocidal and biocompatible materials; and 3) micro- and nano-encapsulation of bioactive agents for their targeted and controlled delivery
Specialty: Synthesis of broad-spectrum biocides and study of the mode of action of those biocides
Affiliations: Department of Biosystems Engineering
 Evelyn Lo

Lo, Evelyn (Assistant Professor)

Research Interest: Nosocomial infections: epidemiology, prevention and transmission, quality improvement in reducing ventilator associated pneumonia. Infectious Diseases
Affiliation: Internal Medicine
 Michael mulvey

Mulvey, Michael (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Antimicrobial resistance and usage surveillance, molecular mechanisms and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistant organisms, linkages between virulence and resistance.
Specialty: Antimicrobial resistance
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
 Celine Nadon

Nadon, Celine (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: Molecular subtyping of bacterial pathogens, Cluster and outbreak detection for diarrheal diseases, Distribution and genetic diversity of Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, Campylobacter, Epidemiology of foodborne disease.
Affiliations: Head, PulseNet Canada (Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada)
 Jim Parker

Parker, Jim (Lecturer)

Research Interests: Tutor & lecturer, undergraduate first and second year medical students, first-year dental hygiene students and first-year respiratory therapy students.

 Frank Schweizer

Schweizer, Frank (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Development of novel antibiotics, antimicrobial peptidomimetics, aminoglycosides, glycobiology of infection, drug discovery and preclinical evaluation of antibacterial lead structures, protein folding, structural glycobiology, chemical biology of aging.
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry
 Meenu Sharma

Sharma, Meenu (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interest: mycobacterial pathogenicity with special interest in mycobacterial cell wall and host-immune response interaction
Specialty: Tuberculosis
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
Stein, Markus (Assistant Professor)
Research Interests: Antimicrobial resistance; diagnostic clinical microbiology; virulence of Helicobacter pylori
Affiliations: Clinical Microbiologist, Diagnostic Services of Manitoba

Turenne, Christine (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Mycobacteriology, novel & emerging bacteria, bacterial systematics, clinical microbiology diagnostics
Specialty: Bacteriology
Affiliation: Shared Health

 Gary VAn Domselaar

Van Domselaar, Gary (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: Microbial bioinformatics including metagenomics, molecular diagnostics, computational genomics, and pathogenomics
Specialty: Bioinformatics
Affiliation: Public Health Agency of Canada
 Andrew Walkty

Walkty, Andrew (Assistant Professor)

Research Interest: Antimicrobial resistance, including antimicrobial susceptibility and mechanisms of resistance
Affiliation: Diagnostic Services Manitoba, Internal Medicine
 Heidi Wood

Wood, Heidi (Lecturer)

Research Interests: Applied and basic research involving rickettsial species and Coxiella burnetii ; molecular mechanisms of virulence of rickettsial species
Affiliations: National Microbiology Laboratory
 George Zhanel

Zhanel, George (Professor)

Research Interests: Antibiotic resistant infections including prevalence/epidemiology, cellular and molecular resistance mechanisms, rapid diagnostics, treatment and prevention. Discovery/development of agents used to prevent and/or treat infectious diseases.
Affiliations: Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Alliance
 Wen Zhong

Zhong, Wen (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Nanofibers/nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, functional nanofibers for biomedical end uses, trans-dermal drug delivery, transport behavior of fibrous/biomedical materials, biodegradable polymers



Blake Ball 

Ball, Blake T. (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: understand susceptibility to infectious diseases, specifically HIV-1 and Tuberculosis. Understanding the mechanisms of why some individuals control or resist infectious agents is critical information for the development of vaccines, diagnostics and public health interventions.
Specialty: HIV
Affiliations: National Laboratory for HIV Immunology, National HIV and Retrovirology Laboratories, Public Health Agency of Canada
 Eric Bow

Bow, Eric J. (Professor)

Research Interests: 1. Infections in Cancer Patients, with particular emphasis on invasive mycoses in stem cell transplan recipients; 2. Cytotoxic therapy-inlduced intestinal epithelial damage and impact upon the intestinal microbiome and risk for invasive infection; 3. Antimicrobial use in cancer patient populations and effect of resistance.
Specialty: Emunocompromised
Affiliations: Section of Infectious Diseases and Haematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, U of M; Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, U of M, Department of Medical Oncology and Haematology, CancerCare Manitoba; Member, Blood and Marrow Transplant Programme of Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba
 Jared Bullard

Bullard, Jared (Associate Professor)
Research Interests: Perinatal HIV infection and prevention, molecular diagnostics and monitoring in the immunocompromised host, undergraduate and postgraduate medical education
Specialty: HIV
Affiliation: Departments of Pediatrics & Child Health and Medical Microbiology, Cadham Provincial Laboratory

 Adam Burgener

Burgener, Adam (Associate professor)
Research Interests: develop and apply proteomic and systems biology techniques to understand host responses to infectious disease and innate immunity.
Specialty: Proteomics/Systems Biology; HIV
Affiliation: National HIV and Retrovirology Labs

ccard Card, Catherine (Adjunct Professor)
Research Interests: Immunological mechanisms controlling viral susceptibility and disease progression with particular emphasis on HIV; inflammatory co-morbidities in people living with HIV on long-term antiretroviral treatment; interactions between immune cells and tissue endothelial and other stromal cells and how those interactions influence infectious and inflammatory disease outcomes.
Affiliations: National Laboratory for HIV Immunology, JC Wilt Infectious Diseases Research Centre, National HIV and Retrovirology Laboratories, Public Health Agency of Canada
 John Embil

Embil, John (Professor)

Research Interests: Nosocomial infections, their prevention, transmission and epidemiology, infections in the lower extremities of persons with diabetes, blastomycosis, new drug development, clinical trials with new antimicrobial agents, wound healing
Affiliaitons: Health Sciences Centre, Infection Prevention and Control Unit
 Keith Fawke

Fowke, Keith (Professor)

Research Interests: determining the immunological phenotype and genetic expression of CD4+ T-cells in individuals who are resistant to HIV infection or those who are infected but able to control their viral replication. The role of immune activation and receptor polymorphisms in HIV disease progression. Defining the role of pre-existing humoral and cellular immunity to influenza (including H1N1) and disease outcomes as well as immune responses to vaccine and exposure.
Specialty: HIV


 Larry Gelmon

Gelmon, Lawrence (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS, STIs, international health, tropical public health epidemiology and policy

 Gregory Hammond

Hammond Gregory W. (Professor)

Research Interests: Study of the dynamics of communicable diseases and various public health issues for the population of Manitoba including: burden of illness analyses; effectiveness, impact, and/or cost-benefit analysis; and description of new or emerging diseases

 Hezhao Ji

Ji, Hezhao (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interest: Development of new methodologies for HIV diagnosis and HIV drug resistance testing; HIV viral evolution and molecular HIV epidemiology; applications of next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies in HIV/AIDS; HIV/AIDS-revelant metagenomics studies
Specialty: HIV/AIDS
Affiliations: National HIV & Retrovirology Laboratories, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada

Kasper, Ken (Assistant Professor)

Research Interest: HIV


Keynan, Yoav (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Study of the innate and adaptive (T and B cell) immune responses to influenza infection and vaccination with emphasis on factors associated with Influenza cross-protection and disease severity. Study of the immunogenetic determinants of HIV disease progression, and the effect of anti-inflammatory interventions on immune reconstitution.

 Sandra Kiazyk

Kiazyk, Sandra (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: TB and TB/HIV immunodiagnostics and immunopathogenesis
Specialty: TB, HIV cellular immunology
Affiliations: TB/HIV Immunology Unit, National Reference Centre for Mycobacteriology/ National Laboratory for HIV Immunology, National Microbiology Laboratory,Public Health Agency of Canada
 Joshua Kimani

Kimani, Joshua (Assistant Professor)

Research Interest: Epidemiology and Immunobiology of STIs, Mechanisms of HIV resistance among highly exposed Kenyan sex workers, health services research especially integrated programs and the role of Microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis in HIV control. Conduct and evaluation of clinical trials, training and interventions in the areas of STIs/ HIV/AIDS, Reproductive health and Malaria.
Specialty: Public Health
Affiliations: University of Nairobi
 Thomas Klonisch

Klonisch, Thomas (Professor)

Research Interests: Determining molecular signalling, structure/function relationships and proteomic changes mediated by the actions of membrane-anchored proEpidermal Growth Factor (EGF) family members and the relaxin hormone in tumor cells. Identifying functional roles of endocrine disruptors on cell differentiation in newly developed human cellular models.
Affiliations: Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
 Gary Kobinger

Kobinger, Gary (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: develop and test novel vaccine platforms for different applications including the protection against emerging pathogens. The new vaccine platforms that are being generated and evaluated are mainly derived from viruses, pathogenic as well as non-pathogenic (e.g. HIV, Adenovirus, AAV). Our efforts focus on modifying existing viruses at the molecular level and/or creating hybrid viruses for safe and efficient stimulation of a protective immunity against different pathogens including containment Level (CL) 4 viruses.
Affiliations: Vector Design and Immunotherapy Special Pathogens
 Linda Larcombe

Larcombe, Linda (Associate Professor)
Research Interests: study of genetic, socio-cultural and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease susceptibility and resistance in Canadian Aboriginal populations.
Affiliations: Department of Anthropology

 Bruce Light

Light, Bruce (Professor)

Affiliations: Internal Medicine, Critical Care Manitoba

 Ma Luo

Luo, Ma (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: address important questions in the life sciences with the tools of genetic analysis, molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics and uncovering the mechanism of resistance and susceptibility to HIV-1, to understand the interplay between host genetics, including human leukocyte antigens, KIR and other host genetic factors, with HIV virus, and to use this knowledge to develop vaccines and therapeutics.
Specialty: HIV
Affiliations: HIV Host Genetics, National HIV and Retrovirology Laboratory, National Microbiology Laboratory
MacDonald, Kelly (Professor)
Research Interests: basic science and clinical research involving HIV and HIV vaccines, particularly utilizing vectors from the herpes virus family; Sexually transmitted disease research.
Affiliations: Adjunct Scientist, JC Wilt Infectious Diseases Research Centre Public Health Agency of Canada, Professor of Immunology, University of Toronto
 Grant McClarty

McClarty, Grant A. (Professor)

Research Interests: host/parasite interactions and employs genomics, cell and molecular biology approaches to understand chlamydial disease pathogenesis.
Affiliations: Public Health Agency of Canada
McKinnon, Lyle (Assistant Professor)
Research Interests: Mucosal immunology of the gastrointestinal and female reproductive tracts, cell mediated immunity and immune cell homing, HIV transmission and pathogenesis, and Epidemiology of HIV transmission in key populations in Africa
Affiliations: Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Honorary Lecturer, University of Nairobi
McLaren, Paul (Adjunct Professor)
Research Intrests: his group applies the tools of systems biology (including genomics, transcriptomics and microbiome studies) to questions surrounding differential susceptibility to infection. In particular, using human genetic information to identify potential drug targets, improve vaccine responsiveness and improve patient response to therapy using a precision medicine approach.
 Thomas Murooka

Murooka, Thomas (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: understanding how the interplay between the host immune system and the microbial world dictates whether a pathogen is cleared or allowed to persist.
Affiliation: GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease Reseach
 P. Orr

Orr, Pamela H. (Professor)

Research Interests: Research focuses on indigenous and circumpolar health with special interest in infectious diseases, the social determinants of health and health care delivery, health and justice

 Julius Oyugi

Oyugi, Julius (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: TB immunology, Surveillance of haemorrhagic fever viruses
Affiliations: University of Nairobi
 Allan Ronald

Ronald, Allan R. (Professor)

Research Interests: provide leadership to mobilize resources for Infectious Diseases to improve Public Health performance in Canada and globally as well as enhance collaboration between the private sector, academia, and government.

ZR Dr. Zulma Rueda (Associate Professor)

Research interest: My Exposome lab focuses on 1) identifying biomarkers for latent tuberculosis diagnosis, 2) understanding risk, markers of exposure and TB progression among HIV infected individuals, and 3) epidemiological and statistical methods to understand disease acquisition and progression.
Specialty: Epidemiology
Affiliation: Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
 Laura Saward

Saward, Laura (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: improving our understanding of the host response to bacterial infections that encompasses both the innate and adaptive immune response with the end goal of developing effective therapeutics for infectious disease. To delineate the innate immune response, cellular biology will be used to map the complex network of humoral and cellular mechanisms in order to limit pathogens. Research to optimize therapeutics for infectious disease through analysis of the host's adaptive immune response will focus on the pathogen-specific epitopes that correlate with neutralizing potency.
Affiliations: Cangene Corporation

Songok, Elijah (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Viral and host factors for HIV antiretroviral resistance; use of functional genomics to identify novel biomarkers for drug and vaccine development and identification and testing of microbicide candidates.
Affiliations: Kenya Medical Research Institute

Su, Ruey-Chyi (Adjunct Professor)

Research Interests: My main research focus has been to understand the molecular mechanisms facilitating the interaction of gene-regulation and environment (e.g., health, inflammation, infection) in disease susceptibility, vaccination and treatment.
Affiliations: HIV Immunogenetics & Epigenetics, National Laboratory for HIV Immunology, National HIV and Retrovirology Laboratories, Public Health Agency of Canada

 Jude Uzonna

Uzonna, Jude (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: we study two diseases caused by protozoan parasites namely: Leishmaniasis and African trypanosomiasis.  We utilize experimental animal models to study host-pathogen interactions that result in susceptibility or resistance to these diseases

 John Wylie

Wylie, John (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: My research interests focus on the epidemiology of bacterial and viral pathogens. The primary goals of my research are to determine the transmission dynamics of these pathogens within groups or populations of people and to translate that research into information useable by public health departments to improve or plan new public health control programs
Affiliation: Community Health Sciences
 Xi Yang

Yang, Xi (Professor)

Research Interests: The current research program in my laboratory focuses on the cellular and molecular basis of immune responses to allergens and infectious agents and on the development of immunoprophylactic approaches for allergy and infectious diseases.
Affiliation: Department of Immunology



DA Alexander, David (Assistant Professor)
Research Interests: My lab uses molecular epidemiology and genomic approaches to study disease transmission and the evolution of bacterial pathogens. Of particular interest are sexually transmitted infections, foodborne enteric pathogens, antibiotic resistant organisms, and nontuberculous mycobacteria.
Our goal is to use laboratory data to improve communicable disease surveillance and inform public health intervention activities.
Affiliations: Scientist, Cadham Provincial Laboratory
 Lisa Avery

Avery, Lisa (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Research interests include the impact of infectious diseases on sexual and reproductive health in low and middle income societies, with a special interest in HIV/AIDS and prevention of maternal to child transmission .
Affiliations: Obstetrics and Gynecology
 Marissa Becker

Becker, Marissa (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Global public health, improving infectious disease treatment outcomes among vulnerable populations
Affiliations: Internal Medicine, Community Health Sciences
Bharat Bharat, Amrita - Adjunct Professor

Research Interests: antimicrobial resistant bacterial and fungal pathogens, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, genomic epidemiology, genomics-based innovation including WGS from clinical specimens and prediction of resistance from WGS
Affiliations: Research Scientist, Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections, NML
 David Butler-Jones

Butler-Jones, David (Professor)

Research Interests: population and public health, organizational delivery of health services, determinants of health
Affiliations: Senior Medical Officer - Ottawa, and Regional Public Health Specialist - Atlantic, with First Nations Inuit Health, Health Canada

Crockett, Maryanne (Associate Professor)

Research interests: global maternal, newborn and child health, infections among pediatric immigrants and travelers
Affiliations: University of Manitoba Centre for Global Public Health, Departments of Pediatrics and Child Health and Community Health Sciences, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
 Lawrence J. Elliott

Elliott, Lawrence J. (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Epidemiology of communicable diseases, including sexually-transmitted infections and tuberculosis. Epidemiology of multiple sclerosis and other chronic diseases in which infectious diseases may have a role in causation

 Joanne Embree

Embree, Joanne E (Professor)

Research Interests: perinatal transmission of infections, primarily HIV and Hepatitis C.
Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
 Fiona Fleming

Fleming, Fiona (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Pediatric infectious diseases in a community setting and use of simulation in medical microbiology of infectious disease 

 Matt Gilmour

Gilmour, Matthew (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Diagnostics and transmissibility of antibiotic resistant organisms and other pathogens.
Specialty: Bacteriology
Affiliations: Scientific Director General
National Microbiology Laboratory (Winnipeg); Laboratory for Foodborne Zoonoses (Guelph)
Public Health Agency of Canada
 Stephen Moses

Moses, Stephen (Professor)

Research Interests: Main research and programmatic interests include biological and behavioural risk factors for STI/HIV transmission; syndromic approaches and risk assessment in the management of STIs; targeted interventions to reduce the transmission of STIs and HIV infection; health worker training in STI management in  resource-poor settings; and integrated approaches to STI/HIV prevention and control.

 Rosanna Peeling

Peeling, Rosanna (Professor)

Research Interests: sexually transmitted diseases, pathogenesis of chlamydial infections, trachoma, diagnostics
Affiliations: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Diagnostics Initiatve (SDI), World Health Organization
 Pierre Plourde

Plourde, Pierre (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Risks to Canadians travelling to foreign destinations. Assessment of immigrants and refugees from developing countries.
Epidemiology of social sexual and IDU networks. Epidemiology of enteric pathogens.
Affiliations: Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine
 Paul Van Caeseele

Van Caeseele, Paul (Associate Professor)

Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Cadham Provincial Public Health Laboratories