Roksolana Hovdey

B.Sc. (Hons.) Biomedical Science


Roksolana is an MSc epidemiology student at the Department of Population Medicine. She completed an Hons. BSc at the University of Guelph in 2017, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Through her undergraduate education, she discovered her passions in public health and statistics, leading her to the field of epidemiology. She conducted a Biomedical Sciences research project with Dr. David Pearl and Alexandra Swirski, investigating the impact of marijuana legislation and socio-demographic factors on the risk of accidental marijuana poisonings in pet dogs in the United States. Her thesis research (supervised by Dr. Amy Greer) focuses on investigating dynamics of verotoxigenic E. coli infections in Ontario. Projects include examining the effects of environmental factors on human E. coli infections in Ontario, and using mathematical modelling to examine the impact of person-person transmission of E. coli infections in Ontario.

Research Interests

Roksolana is currently completing her Master of Science at the Mathematical Epidemiology Lab with Dr. Amy Greer. Her research focuses using a OneHealth approach to better understand E. coli disease risk in Ontario. She will investigate how animal and environmental factors influence incidence of human E. coli infection. Results from the study can contribute towards a framework to guide future risk analysis, policy development, and evaluation of preventative strategies.


POPM*4040 (F18) - Teaching Assistant