science is a team sport

germ report contributors


The Germ Report team is a collective of science, health, research, academics and strategy experts all sharing one key goal, to help to ‘make the invisible visible’ and thereby improving the living conditions for all of us at home and at work.

The team brings an multi-discipline aspect to discovering where pathogens reside after cleaning and how to best deal with them. After all, germs are everywhere, so we want to discover ‘how clean is clean?’.

Jason 'the Germ Guy' Tetro

Jason 'the Germ Guy' Tetro

Scientist and 'Germ Report" writer & narrator

Jason has been in the scientific community for over 30 years. He has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals on such topics as SARS, Zika, and avian flu and has written several book, chapters, position papers for reports and magazine and newspaper columns.

Jason is known as The Germ Guy and is the host of the Canada’s top science podcast ‘Super Awesome Science Show’ on the Curiouscast Network.

Jason also is a regular contributor to media. He is featured regularly on various radio and television stations in Canada and worldwide.

Jason has published ‘The Germ Code’  in 2013 and short-listed for Book of The Year by the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada and ‘The Germ Files’ in 2016 which appeared on the Globe and Mail national bestseller list.

Dr. Shana Kelley

Dr. Shana Kelley

Lead Scientist Kelley Labratories, University of Toronto

Dr. Shana Kelley is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr.Kelley received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and was a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute.

The Kelley research group works in a variety of areas spanning biophysical/bioanalytical chemistry, chemical biology and nano technology, and have pioneered new methods for tracking molecular and cellular analytes with unprecedented sensitivity.




Dr. Mark Pereira

Dr. Mark Pereira

Director of R&D/Commercialization Kelley Labratories, University of Toronto

Dr. Mark Pereira is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Toronto and the Director of R&D/Partnerships in the Kelley Research Group. Dr. Pereira completed a Ph.D. at McMaster University a postdoctoral fellowship in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. His research has focused on using genomics, high-throughput screening, and targeted drug-design for the development of novel therapeutics to treat antibiotic resistant infections. In his current role, Dr. Pereira works with academic and industry researchers to develop partnerships to address challenges in regenerative medicine, cancer diagnosis, and prevention of infectious disease.

Mark McInnes

Mark McInnes

Director of Business Devolpment, OptiSolve

Mark McInnes is a research chemist specializing in hard surface cleaning and disinfecting, environment of care and general infection prevention and control. He is also preparing for the Certified in Infection Control and Prevention professional designation exam.

Mark works as Technical Director of OptiSolve . He regularly teaches seminars and guest lectures on topics in chemistry and infection prevention and control.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry
    Trent University (Canada)
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Trent University (Canada)
  • Post-graduate Infection Prevention and Control Program
    Queens University (Canada)


Sanjaya Abeysinghe

Sanjaya Abeysinghe

Chief Technology Officer, OptiSolve

Sanjaya joined OptiSolve in early 2019, and he is responsible for defining OptiSolve’s long-term technology strategy and vision.
Sanjaya has more than 20 years of experience in the technology field, including software design, development, and network infrastructure. His key strength lies in the ability to effectively develop, build and manage complex technical projects while being acutely aware of the financial cost.

Prior to joining OptiSolve, he worked for Summit Foodservice a Division of Colabor for more than a decade as the network/special project lead where he led and managed the network infrastructure team.

• International Higher Diploma in Computer Sciences (IHDC)
National Computing Center U.K.

• IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Active member in the Toronto Section