Welcome to the Maguire Lab

We are a research group jointly based in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Community Health & Epidemiology.

Our aim is to develop and collaboratively apply data-driven methods to try and mitigate health and social crises. This is focused on two main areas: genomic epidemiology of infectious diseases and inter-disciplinary collaborations with domain experts

Specifically, this former work involves developing and applying novel microbial bioinformatics and machine learning approaches to better understand the diagnosis, evolution, and dynamics of infectious diseases. We largely work on problems related to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and, in the last couple of years, the COVID-19 pandemic with national and international consortia of clinicians and public health experts. Whereas, our broader collaborative data science works includes work exploring online radicalisation with sociologists, patient preference at refugee clinics, and autism-related language-use.

For more details about specific projects, collaborators, and funding sources see Research).

We are located in Dalhousie University and have strong ties to the Shared Hospital Lab located at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the CARD, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. This also includes national and international public health consortia such as IRIDA, CanCOGeN, and PHA4GE.

Joining the Lab

We are looking for new enthusiastic and creative PhD students to join the team!


We are grateful for funding from Dalhousie University, CIHR, NSERC, CANMOD, Genome Canada, SSHRC, and (via PHA4GE) the BMGF.


12 June 2023

Dr. Halpin and Dr. Maguire wrote an op-ed for the conversation (syndicated to other news sites such as phys.org) on radicalisation and misogyny in the incel community.

9 June 2023

We were interviewed by Melissa Healy for an article in the LA Times on the impact of animal reservoirs on the future of the pandemic.

01 June 2023

With Dr. Halpin and our collaborators in sociology we published a large scale analysis of social media posting and misogyny amongst incel men in New Media and Society

18 April 2023

We jointly ran a Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops on Infectious Disease Genomic Epidemiology: all the materials are open and can be found here

5 April 2023

Gave a lecture on genomic epidemiology to the graduate Infectious Disease Epidemiology class (CHE6052)

30 March 2023

Our lab had 5 pieces of co-authored work presented at AMMI/CACMID ranging from finding novel viruses in bats to genomically-informed investigation of mobile AMR genes

2 March 2023

Released another PHA4GE pre-print developing quality control tags for public health sequencing datasets

13 January 2023

Lecture on epidemiological study design (and statistical methods) as part of a MicroResearch workshop taught at Meru University of Science & Technology in Kenya

30 December 2022

Katherine Chan’s work (led by Dr. Jason Moffat) on using CRISPR to screen SARS-CoV-2 host factors was published in Heliyon

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