Joanna Merckx is an epidemiologist, pediatrician, and infectious diseases subspecialist. She holds an MSc in Epidemiology from McGill University as well as an MD with a specialty in pediatrics from the University of Louvain and a certificate in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.  Joanna is an Associate Member and course lecturer at McGill University’s Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. She currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam in the field of diagnostic epidemiology under the supervision of Dr Patrick Bossuyt, Dr Mariska Leeflang and Dr. N. Dendukuri. She served as the Director of Medical Affairs (Canada) for the global diagnostic company bioMérieux.