National TV personality bringing genomics to Cranbrook

Genome British Columbia is taking its community engagement program, "Bringing Genomics Home" on the road to Cranbrook.

  • Feb. 26, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Jennifer Gardy

Jennifer Gardy

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 p.m. 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 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 globecampus.ca 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 it’s a pleasure to hear her talk about how it impacts our everyday lives.”

This free public talk begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at College of the Rockies’ Lecture Theatre, Room 250, Cranbrook Main Campus.  To register for this free event visit www.genomebc.ca/cranbrook.