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Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Senior Scientist (Genomics & Molecular Epidemiology), BCCDC Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Services
Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Associate Member, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Gardy joined BCCDC in 2009, where she works in the emerging field of genomic epidemiology, combining whole genome sequencing with both new and old epidemiological techniques to understand the origins, evolution, and transmission dynamics of outbreak organisms, including tuberculosis and influenza. She also leads BCCDC’s Research Development Unit and is a member of several Research Advisory Councils, including the Womens’ Health Research Institute, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the Provincial Health Services Authority. She is also a passionate science communicator involved in a number of science media projects, including regular appearances on CBC Television’s documentary series The Nature of Things and Discovery Channel Canada's flagship science newsmagazine, Daily Planet. Jennifer obtained her BSc in Cell Biology & Genetics from UBC in 2000 and completed her PhD at Simon Fraser University in 2006 under Dr. Fiona Brinkman, working on bacterial genomics and bioinformatics-based predictive methods. She completed three years of postdoctoral training in the R.E.W. Hancock laboratory at UBC, using systems biology techniques to study the mammalian innate immune response and working on visualization tools to facilitate scientists’ exploration of biological network data.

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A full list of Dr. Gardy’s publications is maintained at http://jennifergardy.tumblr.com/. Selected recent work includes:

Gardy JL, Johnston JC, Ho Sui SJ, Cook VJ, Shah L, Brodkin E, Rempel S, Moore R, Zhao Y, Holt R, Varhol R, Birol I, Lem M, Sharma MK, Elwood K, Jones SMJ, Brinkman FSL, Brunham RC, Tang P. Whole genome sequencing and social network analysis of a tuberculosis outbreak. 2011. NEJM. 364:730-9.  

Gardy JL. Investigation of disease outbreaks with genome sequencing. 2013. Lancet Infectious Diseases. 13:101-1.

Cook VJ, Shah L, Gardy JL, Bourgeois AC. Recommendations on modern contact investigation methods for enhancing tuberculosis control. 2011. IUATLD.   http://dx.doi.org/10.5588/ijtld.11.0350  

Skowronski DM, Janjua NZ, De Serres G, Winter AL, Dickinson JA, Gardy JL, Gubbay J, Fonseca K, Charest H, Crowcroft NS, Fradet MD, Bastien N, Li Y, Krajden M, Sabaiduc S, Petric M. A sentinel platform to evaluate influenza vaccine effectiveness and new variant circulation, Canada 2010-2011 season. 2012. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 55:332-42.

Joly Y, Koutrikas G, Ramos-Pasque E, Zawati M, Gardy JL. Diagnostic testing for vaccinomics: is the regulatory approval framework adequate? A Comparison of Canada, the United States, and Europe. 2011. OMICS. doi:10.1089/omi.2010.0135  
Last Updated: March 5, 2015