Clinical microbiology, infectious diseases and outbreaks
Dr. Patrick Tang (MD, PhD, FRCPC) is the Division Chief of Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine and an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College. In addition to his clinical role as a consultant medical microbiologist, Dr. Tang is responsible for the development and implementation of new molecular and genomics-based tests for infectious diseases at Sidra.
Dr. Tang’s clinical and research interests are in the application of genomics and metagenomics to infectious diseases and public health as well as the development of novel molecular diagnostics. He is a pioneer in the use of whole-genome sequencing to understand outbreaks and the use of metagenomics to uncover new infectious agents. His research projects have included searching for novel infectious agents in chronic diseases and outbreaks, using genomics to reduce TB transmission, studying the microbiomes of people, animals and the environment, tracking the spread of avian influenza, and looking for better ways to monitor water pollution.
Prior to joining Sidra, Dr. Tang was a Clinician-Scientist leader at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has taken on many roles (from the bedside to the laboratory bench to epidemiology) in past global outbreaks including the SARS outbreak and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.