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Alexandra Swirski

MSc (Epidemiology), Hons. BSc (Microbiology)



Alex is a PhD student in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. She first discovered a love of epidemiology and microbiology in high school, which lead her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Guelph. Alex completed her undergraduate degree in 2012, and enjoyed Guelph so much that she decided to continue into graduate work in Epidemiology at the University of Guelph in the Department of Population Medicine. During her Master's degree, Alex discovered a love of teaching and focused her research interests around disease surveillance methods. Alex completed her Master's degree in 2015 and decided to pursue a PhD, also in the Department of Population Medicine.

When not focusing on research, Alex is an active member in the Department of Population Medicine community and participates in a number of department initiatives and committees. Alex also is heavily involved in science outreach, and coordinates Let's Talk Science at the University of Guelph, where she focuses on outreach to underserviced, rural and First Nations & Metis communities. 

Department Roles:

  • President, Graduate Student Executive of Population Medicine
  • President, Population Medicine Social Committee
  • Member, POPmedia
  • Organizer of the Peer Mentorship Program

Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases
  • Zoonoses
  • Disease surveillance
  • Geospatial analyses
  • Cluster detection methods 
  • Travel-associated diseases 


Alex enjoys teaching, and has completed the Graduate Teaching Program at the University of Guelph. She is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Teaching Assistant: 

Epidemiology I (POPM*6200): Fall 2015

                       Fall 2014

                       Fall 2013

Epidemiology II (POPM*6210): Winter 2014

Guest Lecturer: 

Epidemiology (POPM*324): Fall 2014 TopicDisease Surveillance