Venkata R. Duvvuri, Ph.D., MPH, is a scientist (machine learning) at Public Health Ontario and an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Duvvuri leads an interdisciplinary research program advancing genomic surveillance research, development, and practice. His research focuses on 1) Data Science, and Machine Learning (DS&ML): incorporate DS&ML into public health microbiology and genomics to develop disease transmission, track AMR, and risk discovery, assessment, and prediction models. 2) Applied Genomic Epidemiology/Phylodynamic Modelling: translate pathogen whole genome sequences to study epidemic potential and disease transmission and evaluate intervention programs. 3) Immuno-informatics: identify biomarkers from pathogen genomes to develop novel and rapid molecular diagnostic tests and vaccines. His research contributes to understanding respiratory viral pathogens' emergence, spread dynamics, clinical outcomes, and biomarkers for diagnostics and vaccines: pandemics (2009 influenza and SARS-CoV-2), epidemics, and other emerging infectious diseases.