Gillian Tarr
Office Address:
Mayo, 1240
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware St SE
MMC 807 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Gillian Tarr, PhD, CPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2017
MHS, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
BA, Biology, Bard College, 2004


I am an infectious disease epidemiologist with expertise in foodborne and other enteric infections. My specific research interests include Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections, including its distribution, zoonotic transmission, virulence, and detection. I am interested in the attribution of enteric illness to clinically detected pathogens such as norovirus and C. difficile. My work also touches on diagnostic stewardship for enteric infections as a group, as a component of antibiotic stewardship. I use a variety of methodologic approaches in my work, including phylogenetic and spatial analysis.


infectious disease epidemiology, foodborne infections, enteric infections, zoonoses, molecular epidemiology.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019-2021 - Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (terminated early, September 2019)
  • 2019-2021 - Alberta Innovates Postgraduate Fellowship, Alberta Innovates (terminated early, September 2019)
  • 2017-2019 - Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Calgary (terminated early, December 2018)
  • 2017-2018 - Predoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, F31AI126834, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (terminated early, September 2017)

Professional Associations

  • 2016-present - Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
  • 2008-prsent - Certified in Public Health (CPH), National Board of Public Health Examiners (renewed biannually)

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