Skip To Content

MMI Faculty

Judy Gnarpe, Dr. Med. Sci., RM(CCM), PG DipMedEd, Faculty Service Officer

J. Gnarpe
Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
University of Alberta
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
6-020 Katz Group Centre
T6G 2E1 Edmonton, AB

Ph : (780) 492-2302
Fx : (780) 492-7521




  • Faculty Services Officer (FSO), Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology



I am a senior lecturer (Faculty Services Officer) at the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, with a background in clinical microbiology research and routine diagnostics. Until recently I have been involved in studying the association between chronic disease and Chlamydia pneumoniae. I am interested in medical education and improving the quality of the educational experience, in particular for large classes. I am co-chair of the MMI Education Committee, have served as one of four Faculty Associates for University Teaching Services and am presently a Peer Consultant with University Teaching Services. Student success is a priority, and engaging students is fundamental to this goal. I recently received the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. My teaching interests are focused primarily to the health professions, where I am course coordinator for medical microbiology courses tailored for nursing and dental hygiene students, and I have a large commitment to teaching undergraduate medical and dentistry students. One of the educational innovations that I have developed is Brainspan, developed with support from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Brainspan is an asynchronous multiplayer game system that has been lauded as a great learning tool by students and offers significant pedagogical tools for instructors. My current research interests involve evaluation of educational innovations such as Brainspan. I believe that engagement and innovation have to be the cornerstones for good teaching.



Click here for most recent publications


Selected Publications:

1. Branden E, Gnarpe J, Hillerdal G, Orre L, Sköld CM, Löfdahl M, Koyi H, Törnling G. Detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae on cytospin preparations from bronchoalveolar lavage in COPD patients and in lung tissue from advanced emphysema. International Journal of COPD 2007 2(4):643-50. PMID 18268939

2. Westerhout, CM, Gnarpe J, Chang W-C, FitzPatrick S, Barnathan ES, Boersma E, Califf RM, Wallentin L, Simoons ML, Armstrong PW. On behalf of the GUSTO IV ACS Investigators. No prognostic significance of chronic infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae in acute coronary syndromes: Insights from the GUSTO IV ACS trial. American Heart Journal, 2007; 54: 306-312. PMID 17643581

3. Normann E, Gnarpe J, Wettergren B, Janson C, Wickman M, Nordvall L. Association between Chlamydia pneumoniae antibodies and wheezing in young children and the influence of sex. Thorax 2006. 61(12): 1054-1058. PMID 16928718

4. Wong BYL, Gnarpe J. Chlamydia pneumoniae and the Acute Coronary Syndrome. Letter. N Engl J Med 2005. 353:5. PMID 16079381

5. Branden E, Koyi H, Gnarpe J, Gnarpe H, Tornling G. Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection is a risk factor for the development of COPD. Respir Med 2005. 99(1):20-26.PMID 15672844

6. Normann E, Gnarpe J, Gnarpe H, Wettergren B. Chlamydia pneumoniae infection predicts a reduced risk for subsequent atopic disease. Acta Paediatr 2005. 94(6):705-710. PMID16188772