Caroline Colijn


Dr. Colijn is a Canadian mathematician and epidemiologist. She holds a Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health at Simon Fraser University.  Dr. Colijn earned her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia before enrolling at York University for her Master’s degree in environmental studies and the University of Waterloo for her PhD.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Colijn appeared regularly in media reports providing expertise about the effectiveness of random testing and the use of mathematical modeling to project trends.


Dr. Colijn was awarded a Genome British Columbia grant to understand the spread of COVID-19 in BC and invited by Canada’s Chief Science Advisor to provide advice on COVID-19 related scientific developments.



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