Professor Sander holds a Canada Research Chair in Economics of Infectious Diseases. She is a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, where she directs the Population Health Economics Research (PHER) group, and holds appointments as Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, and Adjunct Scientist at ICES (formerly known as Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) and Public Health Ontario.
Her research focuses on assessing infectious disease interventions using simulation modeling and on estimating the burden of infectious diseases using population-based data. In March 2020, she founded the COVID-19 Modeling Collaborative, a multidisciplinary team of volunteer academic researchers, trainees and knowledge users, conducting policy-relevant research which has informed the Ontario COVID-19 response throughout the pandemic.
Professor Sander contributes substantively to federal/provincial policy decision-making, serving as an expert to advisory bodies, including Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). She is serving as a Steering Committee Member for CIHR’s Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies and is a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ (CCA) Expert Panel on Opportunities for Maximizing the Benefits of Health Data Sharing. Dr. Sander co-chaired the Ontario COVID-19 Modeling Consensus Table and was a member of the Science Advisory Table.