• Portrait of Michael Drebot.
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    National Microbiology Laboratory
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    1015 Arlington Street
    Winnipeg, MB, R3E 3R2


Cross appointments

Does not hold any cross appointments.

Research achievements

Research summary

Applied and basic research programs for emerging zoonotic and vector-borne disease agents. These agents include arboviruses (such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, and other emerging mosquito-borne pathogens such as California serogroup viruses and Chikungunya), as well as rodent-borne pathogens such as hantaviruses.

Research themes

Emerging infectious diseases

Research interests

Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases

Research groups

Research groups include:

Subcommittee on Arbovirus Information Exchange and Research (SIE - ASTMH)

South Nation River Mosquito-Borne Diseases Surveillance and Characterization

International Peribunyaviridae study group

Research affiliations

Director, Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada


Michael Drebot received his PhD in Microbiology in 1988 from Dalhousie University and was then awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics from the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, 1988-1991).

In 1991 he joined the National Centre for Enteroviruses in Halifax where he conducted research on the molecular diagnostics-epidemiology and genetics of polioviruses and various enteric pathogens and was cross-appointed as an adjunct professor within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University.

In 1996, Dr. Drebot joined the Zoonotic Diseases program of Health Canada, Ottawa, as a research scientist.

In 1999 he became the chief of Viral Zoonoses within the Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens (ZDSP) section of the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) (Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg) and in 2007 also took on the responsibilities of Director of the Science Technology and Core Services division.

In 2013 he became the director of the Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens section at the NML.


Post-doctoral fellow, Molecular Genetics, Hospital for Sick Children - University of Toronto (1991)

PhD, Microbiology, Dalhousie University (1988 )

MSc, Microbiology, Dalhousie University (1983)

Honours BSc, Biology, Dalhousie University (1980)


Public Health Agency of Canada Research Merit Award (2009)
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003)

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Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room 543 - 745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada