COTR: National TV Personality is Bringing Genomics to Cranbrook in Free Presentation

National TV Personality is Bringing Genomics to Cranbrook in Free Presentation

submitted: Monday, February 25, 2013

Genome British Columbia is taking its community engagement program, “Bringing Genomics Home” on the road to Cranbrook. “DNA Detectives” is a lively and engaging presentation by Dr. Jennifer Gardy, one of Canada’s shining stars in the science field. Everyone is welcome to join her at College of the Rockies on Monday, March 4, at 5:30 pm for a conversation about genomics and how we can use DNA sequencing to solve all sorts of mysteries – including how a disease outbreak happens.

Dr Jennifer GardyDr. Jennifer Gardy is a scientist and science communicator. By day, she is fulfilling her childhood dream of being Dustin Hoffman in the movie Outbreak, working at the intersection of genomics and infectious disease. Dr. Gardy leads the Genome Research Laboratory at the BC Centre for Disease Control where genome sequencing is used to understand how outbreaks of infectious diseases begin and spread. She is also involved in a number of other genomics-related research, including metagenomics surveys of human and environmental samples and the development of point-of-care devices for pathogen detection.

In Dr. Gardy’s ‘free’ time she works in science communication. She's a regular guest host on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet – a nightly science newsmagazine. She has also been the host of an eight-part science documentary series for CBC Television, three episodes of The Nature of Things and blogs for the Globe and Mail's site. Most recently she can be seen in the short film Genomics: The Power and Impact on YouTube.

“We are delighted that Dr. Gardy is able to bring her energy, passion and impressive research to the people of Cranbrook”, says Dr. Alan Winter, President & CEO of Genome BC. “Dr. Gardy is a dynamic ambassador for the power of science and a pleasure to hear her talk about how it impacts our everyday lives.”

This free public talk begins at 5:30pm on Monday, March 4 at College of the Rockies’ Lecture Theatre, Room 250,Cranbrook Main Campus.  For more information and to register for this free event please visit:

About Genome British Columbia:
Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada’s West Coast, and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $550M in research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, bioenergy, mining and human health, the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Boon
Communications Specialist, Genome BC
Phone: 778-327-8374

Donna Kraus-Hagerman
Executive Director, College Relations & Marketing
College of the Rockies
1-877-489-2687 ext. 3258

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