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Jason Tetro

"The Germ Guy" Microbiologist & Acclaimed Author

Jason Tetro, better known as ‘The Germ Guy,’ is an independent researcher in health-related microbiology and immunology. He is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media and a champion in social media.  Less of a microbiologist and more of a relationship therapist, he educates, enriches, engages and entertains people into not only understanding their relationship with germs, but also with the environment and each other.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


The Pharmacist in the 21st Century: Becoming A Health Dispenser
Today, more individuals than ever are eschewing the prescription pad for other health options. Yet not everyone has the right answers and many need both a counselor and guide.  There are several sources of sound medical advice (sorry, internet) yet only one offers service without an appointment:  the pharmacist.  This talk will explore how this valued group of professionals can reshape their horizons.

The Microbiome and Health: Taking Care of Our Life-Term Residents
It’s become common knowledge that the bacteria living in and on us outnumber our normal cells nine-to-one.  While this fact is incredible, the impact of these bacteria on our overall health is astounding.  In the last decade, we have learned how this microbial collective known as the microbiome influences almost every aspect of our daily life.  Even more fascinating is how we can work with microbes to improve our health and prevent disease.  This presentation will take a closer look at the microbiome and how we can incorporate ‘good’ bacteria in health decisions to improve patient quality of care and prevent ailments from malnutrition to C. difficile infection.


Jason provides a unique and customized approach to the presentations listed above.

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Workshop or Keynote Format | The Germ Files

The microbes living on and inside us outnumber the cells in our bodies three to one. Many provide services on which our well-being, our moods, our very lives depend. They help to digest our food and operate the immune system. They trade information about potential mates when we kiss. They alert the brain to problems in different locations around the body. The balance of their populations in our gut is a crucial factor in our physical and mental health. The effect of germs on our lives is not, however, a one-way street. We can help their efforts by the way we lead our lives. Jason will share amazing facts about germs. Some items are purely fun, some are there to boggle the mind, some might just save your life. All are designed to improve our relations with germs for the benefit of human health and happiness.

  • Without doubt a terrific presenter of complex science information and extremely knowledgeable in the field. It's always especially gratifying to hear from scientists who are interested in pursuing further a career in science communications. There just aren't enough people like [Jason] to turn to in Canada – so I really appreciate where [he is] coming from.

    - President and General Manager of Discovery Channel
  • Jason’s presentation was great – thoughtful, interesting, just the right balance of provocative and respectful. He hit the mark.

    - Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Summary Profile

As a speaker, Jason presents the science information in an accessible manner. He brings audiences into the emerging science of the human microbiome and understandings of good bacteria that keep bodies balanced. Jason incorporates the most cutting-edge information into his talks, keeping his presentations fresh and timely. His talks are enlightening and entertaining.

Jason has over 25 years of experience in various fields including bloodborne, food and water pathogens; environmental microbiology; disinfection and antisepsis; and emerging pathogens such as Zika virus.

He has written two books, The Germ Code, which was shortlisted as Science Book of The Year (2014) and the national bestseller The Germ Files. Jason has also co-edited, The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health. He regularly writes for The Huffington Post Canada, Popular Science, and The Globe and Mail and has a regular monthly column with CBC Radio.

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