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  • Justin Presseau

    Presseau, Justin, 

    PhD

    Deputy, Pillar 9, Knowledge, Implementation, and Training Team (KITT), CoVaRR-Net

    Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
    Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    How psychology affects public compliance with public health measures. How to use the best current evidence to create new policies and best practices.

  • Ioannis Ragoussis

    Ragoussis, Ioannis, 

    PhD

    Lead, Pillar 5, Viral Genomics & Sequencing
    Member, Wastewater Surveillance Group, CoVaRR-Net

    Professor, McGill University
    Head of Genome Sciences, McGill Genome Center

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Sequencing and analysis of mutations. Identification of new variants.

  • Angela Rasmussen

    Rasmussen, Angie, 

    PhD

    Lead, Pillar 2, Host-Pathogen Interactions, CoVaRR-Net

    Research Scientist III, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, University of Saskatchewan
    Affiliate, Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Virus replication, evolution, transmission, and severity. Measuring immune response to infection. Infection detection and tracing. Vaccines. Animal reservoirs and spread between animals and humans.

  • Manish Sadarangani

    Sadarangani, Manish, 

    BM BCh, DPhil

    Deputy, Pillar 1, Immunology & Vaccine Protection, CoVaRR-Net

    Director, Vaccine Evaluation Center, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
    Sauder Family Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Vaccines and immunity. Child health and immunity (clinician).

  • Selena M. Sagan

    Sagan, Selena, 

    PhD

    Deputy, Pillar 2, Host-Pathogen Interactions, CoVaRR-Net

    Canada Research Chair in RNA Biology and Viral Infections
    Associate Professor, Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry, McGill University

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Viral translation, replication, and virion assembly, viral evolution, RNA viruses, viral RNAs, molecular virology, miRNAs, RNA biology.

  • Raphael Saginur

    Saginur, Raphael, 

    MD, FRCPC, FIDSA, FISAC

    Bioethics Co-Director, CoVaRR-Net

    Chair of the Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    COVID-19 disease (retired clinician). Bioethics of COVID-19 disease. How banked biological samples can help us study and understand the effects of infection and develop new therapeutics.

  • Santer, Deanna, 

    PhD

    Deputy, Pillar 10, Antiviral Strategies and Antiviral Therapeutics, CoVaRR-Net

    Assistant Professor and GlaxoSmithKline Research Chair in Immunology of Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Infectious diseases. Chronic inflammation. Immune cell biology.

  • Jesse Shapiro

    Shapiro, Jesse, 

    PhD

    Co-Lead, Pillar 6, Computational Biology and Modelling
    Member, Wastewater Surveillance Group, CoVaRR-Net

    Associate Professor, McGill University & Genome Center

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Sequencing and analysis of mutations. Identification of new variants. Implications of the identified mutations on transmission, infection and transmissiblity.

  • Terrance P. Snutch

    Snutch, Terrance P., 

    PhD, DSc (hc), FRSC, FCAHS, FNAI (USA)

    Deputy, Pillar 5, Viral Genomics & Sequencing, CoVaRR-Net

    Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories
    Director of Translational Neuroscience, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Sequencing and analysis of mutations. Identification of new variants.

  • Strynadka, Natalie, 

    PhD

    Deputy, Pillar 10, Antiviral Strategies and Antiviral Therapeutics, CoVaRR-Net

    Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia
    Canada Research Chair in Structure-based Antimicrobial Discovery on the Bacterial Membrane

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Understanding, at the molecular level, how antibiotic resistance mechanisms work in bacteria. Characterizing and designing inhibitors for entirely novel antibiotic targets found in a wide range of pathogenic bacteria.

  • Fatima Tokhmafshan

    Tokhmafshan, Fatima, 

    MD Candidate

    Community and Patient Engagement and Outreach Director, CoVaRR-Net

    Geneticist

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Vaccines and immunity. Diagnositic tools. Geneticst of immunity and disease. Child health and human development. Research methods used by the network. Bioethics. Vaccine education. Marginalized and racilaized communities.

  • Vanrolleghem, Peter, 

    Member, Wastewater Surveillance Group

    Professor, Department of Civil and Water Engineering, Université Laval
    Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling

    Expertise:

    Can answer questions about:

    Wastewater sampling and data analysis

To arrange an interview with any of these researchers, please contact:
media@covarrnet.ca