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Featured Speakers in this episode

Dr. Anna Blakney is an Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Michael Smith Laboratories and School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Imperial College London on the development of molecular and biomaterial engineering strategies for delivery of self-amplifying RNA. Her lab uses bioengineering, molecular biology and immunology approaches to develop the next generation of RNA vaccines and therapies. She is also a passionate science communicator and runs a TikTok channel dedicated to educating the public about RNA biotechnology, which now has >250,000 followers and >18M views.

Ajit has been providing immunizations and clinical education since 2012. As a community pharmacist, he is an accessible provider of immunizations to patients in the community. In 2018, he started an organization called immunize.io with a mission statement of “taking our best shot at immunizing the world”. Through “immunize.io,” he has worked with numerous organizations and communities to address “vaccine hesitancy” and improve vaccine access locally, nationally, and globally. He champions community pharmacists as leaders of immunization services and presents on this topic at a national and global level. Ajit is also a clinical assistant professor for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Sciences program. At UBC, he has coordinated an elective course for UBC pharmacy students in travel health and immunizations.

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