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

Research/Academic Priorities

Toby Le (he/him) is a Vietnamese Canadian and was born in Ontario, 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 in 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 represented Canadian youth at these 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 was to represent the Canadian youth community and to share their voices concerning global health priorities at the WHA and PAHO-DC meetings. 


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