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Isha Berry

Dr. Isha Berry, PhD is a Canadian epidemiologist based in Toronto, Ontario.


Training and Fellowships

Berry was a visiting doctoral and research fellow at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Bangladesh from March to December 2019.1) She worked in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

From March 2020 to November 2021, Berry participated in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship program at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.2)

University of Toronto

Berry completed her PhD at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto in 2022 with a dissertation on avian influenza in Bangladesh.3) Her professors included David Fisman, Amy Greer, Shaun Morris, and Punam Mangtani. A collaborator of Berry's was Mahbubur Rahman.

Career and Affiliations

Public Health Training for Equitable Systems Change Collaborative

Berry worked as a research assistant for the Public Health Training for Equitable Systems Change (PHESC) Collaborative in Fall 2019.4)

Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table

Berry is a member of the secretariat for the Modelling Consensus Table on the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.5)

COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group

Berry co-founded the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group in March 2020 with Jean-Paul Soucy.6) 7) 8) The project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and conducts digital surveillance of COVID-19 cases in Canada to curate a publicly available line list and public-facing data dashboard.9)

Canadian Association for Global Health

Berry is affiliated with the Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH).10)


Berry's research centers around the One Health framework, a globalist ideology that views animal, human and environmental health as a connected entity in an infectious diseases context.11)


Berry published research on avian influenza funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (jointly administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), International Development Research Centre, and the National Geographic Society.12)

Another influenza publication - co-authored by David Fisman, Jeff Kwong, Allison McGeer, and Ashleigh Tuite - was funded by the Canadian Immunization Research Network.13)


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Berry, I. (2022, May 6). Research Interests. Google Cache; Isha Berry.
Alexopulos, N. Class of 2021 from the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship. Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Retrieved May 10, 2022, from
Isha Berry [@ishaberry2]. (2022, March 24). Excited to be a newly minted Dr Isha Berry! Thank you to my committee ( @DFisman @AmyGreerKalisz Shuan Morris & Punam Mangtani) collaborators ( @MahbuburDr ), and the many other that supported me on this journey @UofT_dlsph ! It has been a real privilege completing this PhD! [Tweet]. Twitter.
U of T leading a new training program to strengthen Ontario’s public health workforce. (2018, October 9). Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Our Partners. Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. Retrieved May 9, 2022, from
Berry, I., & Soucy, J.-P. (2020, August 7). Advanced Methods Webinar - COVID-19 Canada Open Data and Visualization with R Shiny. Wayback Machine; PopulationData BC.
About Us. COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group. Retrieved May 10, 2022, from
Isha Berry. Canadian Association for Global Health. Retrieved May 10, 2022, from
Berry, I., Rahman, M., Flora, M. S., Greer, A. L., Morris, S. K., Khan, I. A., Sarkar, S., Naureen, T., Fisman, D. N., & Mangtani, P. (2021). Frequency and patterns of exposure to live poultry and the potential risk of avian influenza transmission to humans in urban Bangladesh. Scientific Reports, 11(1).
Berry, I., Tuite, A. R., Salomon, A., Drews, S., Harris, A. D., Hatchette, T., Johnson, C., Kwong, J., Lojo, J., McGeer, A., Mermel, L., Ng, V., & Fisman, D. N. (2020). Association of Influenza Activity and Environmental Conditions With the Risk of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease. JAMA Network Open, 3(7), e2010167.
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