I am very pleased to be joining the PhD committee of Kate Bishops-Williams, at the University of Guelph. Kate is in the Department of Population Medicine. She completed an Honours Bachelor degree at the University of Guelph in 2012 in Bio-Mdical Science, and a Masters of Science in 2014 in Epidemiology. Kate’s undergraduate research focused primarily on gastrointestinal illnesses with a project on each of E. coli, Salmonella and the link between Johne’s disease in dairy cattle to Crohn’s disease. Kate’s MSc introduced her to EcoHealth. Her thesis was titled: The Impact of Heat Waves in Rural Southern Ontario on Dairy Cow Mortality and Human Emergency Room Visits.
Using statistical and epidemiological skills learned in her Masters, Kate is working on a project in Bwindi, Uganda, identifying spatial and temporal patterns in pneumonia and access to healthcare. Kate is particularly interested in the ability of clinical data to represent vulnerable populations. Additionally, Kate’s research will involve a number of knowledge transfer and translation initiatives and research related to their success.
Welcome to the team, Kate!