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BSc (Hons) - University of Guelph
Elissa is an MSc candidate (Epidemiology) in the department of Population Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Microbiology in 2016 from the University of Guelph, while also holding several student research positions at Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory @ Guelph. Her work includes development and validation of both wet-lab based and in-silico subtyping methods to discriminate highly clonal Salmonella serovars such as Enteritidis and Heidelberg for use in epidemiological investigations and source attribution efforts.
She is now working on a multidisciplinary research project funded by the "Food from Thought" initiative involving the Departments of Pathobiology and Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. Under the supervision of Dr. Amy Greer, Elissa will investigate Streptococcus suis, a significant and infectious pathogen of nursery swine to elucidate pathogen/host/environmental risk factors through mathematical transmission models. She hopes to identify associations related to incidence and severity of clinical S. suis and incorporate them into transmission models to predict and reduce disease. Outside of of her work she enjoys binge watching too many reality tv shows, travelling and being a wanna-be cook.