Dr. Brian Cox


The Cox Systems Biology Lab is headed by Dr. Brian Cox. He has trained across multiple disciplines including biochemistry, environmental chemistry, toxicology, developmental biology and bioinformatics. As well he spent several years in the bio-tech sector working on antimicrobial drug development. The aim of the Cox Systems Biology Lab research group is to apply a diverse interdisciplinary approach to the study of reproductive biology and development. 

Find out more about his research here.

Dr. Kristi Adamo

Dr. Adamo is a Scientist and founding member of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She has a multidisciplinary background that includes a Master’s degree in Physiology from the Department of Human Biology & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph and a Doctorate from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. She holds an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation for her work on ‘Tackling Childhood Obesity, starting with MOM’, a CIHR New Investigator Award from the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and a W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award in Obesity and Reproductive Health.  Dr. Adamo’s most successful ‘experiments’ have resulted in the birth of her 2 daughters, Kysia and Mallea.

Find out more about her research here. 

Dr. David Grynspan

David is a pediatric pathologist at CHEO with an interest in perinatal pathology and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Research interests include placental correlates of IUGR and Preeclampsia. David is also interested in education and is a member of the pathology residency committee and the maternal fetal medicine fellowship committee at the University of Ottawa. 

A list of publications can be found here.


Dr. Celine Aguer

Dr. Aguer has a doctorate degree in chemical and biological health sciences from the University Montpellier 1 (France) and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa. Her research aims to identify myokines that might be involved in the etiology of type 2 diabetes and the positive effects of exercise for the treatment of this disease. The ultimate goal of this research is to better understand how exercise improves type 2 diabetes in order to implement rehabilitation programs to treat or prevent the development of this disease. Dr. Aguer is also interested in the effect of Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs) on mitochondrial function and insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle and the possible communication between adipose tissue and muscle that may explain the metabolic defects resulting from exposure to pollutants.

Find out more about her research here.


Dr. Keir Menzies

Keir Menzies is an assistant professor at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI), Canada.  His research spans metabolism in various organs and organisms with a special interest on the metabolic aspects of neuromuscular diseases.

Find out more about his research here. 



Dr. Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson

Dr. Fontaine-Bisson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Ottawa and a Registered Dietitian. She obtained her PhD in Nutritional Sciences (specialization in nutrigenetics) at the University of Toronto and completed a post-doctoral training in Genetic Epidemiology at l'Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) in Paris. Her research program focusses on perinatal nutrition. She is interested in the impact of insufficient and excessive intake of certain micronutrients (ex. iron and folic acid) during pregnancy. She also studies childhood nutrition with a particular interest in breastfeeding. Professor Fontaine-Bisson uses techniques in nutritional genomics, a cutting-edge field of nutrition, that studies how nutrients and the human genome interact to affect health outcomes. Dr. Fontaine-Bisson's research program aims to better understand inter-individual variability in response to diet (nutrigenetics) as well as the effect of nutrients on gene expression (nutrigenomics) in the prevention of chronic diseases.

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Dr. Laura Gaudet

Dr. Laura Gaudet holds a Doctor of Medicine from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where she also completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She then undertook subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine and a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is a practicing perinatologist at The Ottawa Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Ottawa. 

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Dr. Graeme Smith

Dr. Smith completed a combined MD/PhD at the University of Western Ontario in 1992 under the supervision of Dr. John Patrick.  He subsequently obtained his FRCSC in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Queen’s University in 1997 and completed sub-specialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1999 before joining the faculty at Queen's. Dr. Smith is a member of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and is the Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Queen’s University and is cross-appointed to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Imaging Services. Dr. Smith divides his time between high-risk obstetrics, clinical/basic science research and as the director of the Clinical Investigator Program for the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University.

Find out more about his research here.