Shelby L. Sturrock

Shelby L. Sturrock

PhD Candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


I am a PhD candidate studying epidemiology in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. My research levereges consumer wearable technology to measure to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity. I am also interested in spatial epidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology. I am advised by Dr. Dionne Gesink.

I completed my master’s degree in geography in 2017 at McMaster University, where I studied the spatial distribution of soil-transmitted helminth infections in Honduras with Dr. Niko Yiannakoulias.

I serve as the data lead of the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group and am a founding editor and current communications editor of the University of Toronto Journal of Public Health.


  • Physical activity and wearable technology
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Infectious disease epidemiology


  • PhD in Epidemiology, Present

    University of Toronto

  • MSc in Medical Geography, 2017

    McMaster University

  • HBSc in Life Sciences, 2015

    McMaster University




Data management




York Region Public Health

Jan 2021 – Present Toronto
Epidemiologist on the Immunization Planning team.

Social committee member

Doctoral Epidemiology Student Association

Sep 2020 – Present Toronto
Organized social events to keep doctoral students connecting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clinical research project assistant

The Hospital for Sick Children

Jan 2018 – Sep 2019 Toronto
Research assistant in the Centre for Global Child Health on a randomized controlled trial aimed at testing the efficacy of interventions for the prevention of neonatal sepsis in Bangladesh.

Clinical andrologist and lab assistant

TRIO Fertility

Jun 2015 – Mar 2021 Toronto


University of Toronto Journal of Public Health

Founding editor of a student-run public health journal launched in mid-2020.

COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group

Maintainer of Canada’s most comprehensive COVID-19 dataset.



Monitoring Canada’s COVID-19 epidemic.

Physical activity and wearable technology

How will wearable technology revolutionize physical activity?

Science communication

How can scientists give back to the public?

Spatial epidemiology

Studying the intimate connection between space and health.

Recent Publications

A sub-national real-time epidemiological and vaccination database for the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

Increased Interregional Travel to Shopping Malls and Restaurants in Response to Differential COVID-19 Restrictions in the Greater Toronto Area