Technical Webinar: COVID-19 and Wastewater-based Epidemiology

Event Details


February 10, 2021

Start Time

7:00 pm


For recording of the presentation, please see the video below


COVID-19 has broadly changed our day-to-day lives and has brought microbiology front and centre in everyday conversation. From RT-qPCR to variants to mRNA vaccines to wastewater-based epidemiology, these strange words from the realm of science have become mainstream parts of our daily lexicon. This talk will discuss the current field of COVID-19 diagnostics and explore the burgeoning use of wastewater-based epidemiology to aid in public health decision making.


Dr. Iain George

Iain George, PhD, is a Molecular Microbiologist at OSP Microcheck with extensive experience in monitoring microbial communities in the oil and gas industry, as well as the emerging world of wastewater-based epidemiology. He has hands-on expertise working with many different technologies that are the cornerstone of current diagnostic testing from qPCR to next-generation sequencing.

Iain has a long history in Calgary’s biotech space as a co-founder of the biotech chemical sensing company, FREDsense Technologies, as well as contributing to science communication using fluorescent bacterial art through Petri Dish Picasso. He is also avidly involved in the synthetic biology community, through participation in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition and is currently serving on the Engineering Committee.


7pm, February 10th, 2020.

For recording of the presentation, please see the attached video