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Dr. Robyn S. Lee

Dalla Lana School of Public Health / University of Toronto

Dr. Robyn S. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology Division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the application of next-generation sequencing to infectious diseases. Specifically, Dr. Lee integrates pathogen sequencing with clinical epidemiologic data to resolve transmission dynamics, investigate acquisition and spread of antimicrobial resistance, and identify risk factors for infection/disease. She has previously worked on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, among other pathogens. She is particularly interested in research with potential to inform public health and clinical interventions and help reduce infectious disease in vulnerable populations within Canada.


In terms of her background, Dr. Lee completed a PhD in Epidemiology at McGill University,  followed by a Postdoc in Bioinformatics (focusing on microbial genomic epidemiology) at the Microbiological Diagnostic Public Health Laboratory, University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Postdoc in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Genomics at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA. In addition to this, Dr. Lee has an Honours BSc in Immunology and a BScN. Clinically, she has worked in Intensive Care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and in outbreak response in Nunavik, Québec.

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