Learn about the Public Health Agency of Canada and the work that is done by the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML). As Canada's leading public health infectious disease laboratory, the NML is responsible for the identification, control, and prevention of infectious diseases. The NML is located at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health in Winnipeg, the first facility in the world to have high containment laboratories for human and animal health in one building. It is recognized as a leader in an elite group of centres around the world that is equipped with laboratories ranging from biosafety level 2 to level 4, designed to accommodate the most basic to the most deadly infectious organisms.
The NML is Canada's main infectious disease public health laboratory with responsibility for reference microbiology and quality assurance, laboratory surveillance for infectious diseases, emergency outbreak preparedness and response, and training and research development.
Lillian Mendoza completed her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba in 2003. She is currently employed as a technician with the Viral Exanthemata & STDs section at the National Microbiology Laboratory, where she specializes in molecular biology and serology techniques for the detection and surveillance of vaccine-related diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella viruses.
We will also welcome Joy Stadnichuck, Community Liaison Program Officer at the NML who will be providing an overview of the NML.