Toby Le (he/him)
University of Manitoba
September 2019 - Present
PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
The University of Western Ontario
September 2015 - August 2019
Bachelor of Medical Sciences
Honors Specialization in Microbiology & Immunology
Infectious Diseases (HIV, STDs/STIs, Pandemic Response)
Knowledge Translation, Dissemination, Evidence-based practice
Public Engagement, Science Communication, STEM Outreach
Toby Le (he/him) is Vietnamese Canadian and was born in Toronto, Canada. Toby was first introduced to global health during his undergraduate studies, where he worked with community leaders in Tanzania and Kenya to engage marginalized communities about the applications of fermented/probiotic foods. Since then, Toby has continued to be involved in global health and firmly believes in using research as a tool to collaborate with global communities to address real-life issues. Furthermore, Toby is currently a PhD student of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba, where he works under the supervision of Dr. Keith Fowke to explore HIV/Immunology. In addition, Toby is also a member of the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), where he has led a number of projects informing public health programs about emerging infectious diseases. Outside of research, Toby is passionate about building training capacity for aspiring scientists and making science more accessible to youth from marginalized communities.
More recently, Toby was appointed the 2023 Canadian Youth Delegate for the 76th World Health Assembly (WHA) and the 60th Pan American Health Organization Directing Council (PAHO-DC). He will be representing Canadian youth at these crucial international meetings, together with the Canadian delegation that includes members from civil society, the Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio (Public Health Agency of Canada), Global Affairs Canada, and Health Canada. As the Canadian Youth Delegate, his mandate is to represent the Canadian youth community and to share their voices concerning global health priorities at the WHA and PAHO-DC meetings. Leading up to these events, there will be ample opportunities for young people to get involved and contribute to dialogues on policies and initiatives that impact communities at the local, national, and international levels.
For more information, please visit https://www.canadianyouthdelegate.org/
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