Keynote speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Dr. Jennifer Gardy received her PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Simon Fraser University in 2006 and began working for the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) in 2009. During Dr. Gardy's time at the BCCDC, she was made the Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics for her work in genomic epidemiology, a new scientific field of inquiry which utilizes genomic sequencing for understanding disease transmission.

Dr. Jennifer Gardy has made regular appearances on CBC's documentary series The Nature of Things and has also appeared on Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet. In addition to her TV work and job at BCCDC, she is an assistant professor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and she has also written a children’s book about germs called “It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes”.