Krishana Sankar

Science Advisor & Community Partnerships Lead, ScienceUpFirst Initiative
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Dr. Krishana Sankar is an award winning researcher, trained scientist and a sought after speaker. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sankar is currently the Science Advisor and Community Partnerships Lead for ScienceUpFirst, an initiative of the Canadian Association of Science Centers. Through her work with the organization, she has engaged and collaborated with several community partners that serve those in equity-deserving and marginalized populations. A major aim of her work is to remove barriers to access of accurate and relevant information and to tackle misinformation in these groups.  

As a passionate science communicator, Dr. Sankar has been dispelling health and science misconceptions for several years, both in person and on social media. Since March 2020, she has been sharing accurate scientific information about COVID-19 and the vaccines with different communities in Canada, The United States, Australia and Guyana. She has also worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada and shared her insights on COVID-19 misinformation and online science communication with the CDC and NIH, United Nations and the Government of Guyana. Her work and expertise have also been shared on international outlets including Reuters, the Huffington Post & Global Citizen.