Cross appointments

Does not hold any cross appointments.

Research achievements

Research summary

The goal of Dr.  Booth’s research program is to investigate the public health risks of prions (infectious proteins) and to understand how prions damage brain cells.

Her research involves the development of innovative molecular techniques for prion surveillance and detection.

Laboratory studies include identifying biomarkers for early diagnosis, the development of animal and novel cell culture and organoid infection models to better characterize human prion diseases, and the use transcriptomics and single cell sequencing to determine the molecular mechanisms by which prions kill brain cells.

Research themes

Prion diseases of humans and animals

Research affiliations

Research affiliations include:

Principle Investigator, National Microbiology Laboratory


Organoid culture




Dr. Booth joined the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1999, and the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba shortly after.


Doctor of Philosophy (D. Phil.), Virology and Biochemistry, University of Oxford
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Microbiology, University College London


Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence; Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (2013)

University of Manitoba Rh Award, for outstanding contribution to scholarship and research in the health science (2010)

University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research and Scholarship in the Sciences category (2010)

Contact us

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