Dr. Natalie Prystajecky
Dr. Natalie Prystajecky received her PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2010 and has been with the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory since 2011. At the BCCDC PHL, she oversees two laboratories: Environmental Microbiology, focusing on foodborne and waterborne illness, and the Molecular and Microbial Genomics laboratory, an R&D program focused on molecular/genomic test development and deployment. Through her leadership in these two programs, she uses emerging technologies such as genomics to improve routine surveillance and outbreak investigations. Dr. Prystajecky is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests are broad, ranging from development of new water quality tests using metagenomics, to targeted resequencing of wetland sediments to study the emergence of avian influenza strains to whole genome sequencing of COVID-19. She is keen to promote the translation of research methods to routine testing in diagnostic and reference laboratories.
Dr. Emily Schaeffer
I first joined the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BCCH in September 2014 as a research manager for Dr. Kishore Mulpuri. My background is in basic science and translational research, with BSc(Hon) in Biochemistry from UBC and a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Over the last six years, I have developed and expanded our pediatric hip research program here at Children’s to include projects such as the International Hip Dysplasia Registry (IHDR), SCFE Longitudinal International Prospective Registry (SLIP Registry) and the Hip Health Outcomes in Pediatrics (Hip HOPe) Network. I am also now the Director of Research for the Department of Orthopaedics at UBC, overseeing all research initiatives at the Orthopaedic Clinic in BC Children’s Hospital.
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