Vanessa Allen is a medical microbiologist and clinical infectious disease specialist, serving as Chief of Microbiology and Laboratory Science at Public Health Ontario since 2013, and Medical Director of the Provincial COVID-19 Diagnostics Network at Ontario Health. She attends as a clinical Infectious Diseases Specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.
Her public health contributions and research have focused on strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance primarily in the areas of bacterial sexually transmitted infections and enteric pathogens, including work in addressing multidrug resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and the implementation and evaluation of the use of novel diagnostic methods such as genomics, artificial intelligence and point of care testing to advance infectious disease and public health response.
Vanessa received her medical degree from McGill University, and completed her internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology residencies at the University of Toronto (2005, 2007 and 2008). She received her Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2012.