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. 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.

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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.

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Dr. Fabio Variola

Dr. Fabio Variola received his B. Eng. and M. Sc. in Materials Engineering from the University of Trieste (Italy). In 2010, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa shortly after the completion of a joint doctoral program between the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-ÉMT) and the University of Montreal. He is a cross-appointed member in the Departments of Physics (Faculty of Science) and Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Faculty of Medicine).

His research focuses on the development of micro- and nano-structured biomaterials to control cellular response for applications in tissue engineering and medicine. In particular, Dr. Variola aims at elucidating the mechanisms that dictate how mammalian cells (e.g. bone cells, stem cells, neurons) respond to the surrounding physicochemical environment by integrating biomaterials science with biophysics and cell biology.

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Dr. Adrian D. C. Chan

Dr. Adrian Chan is the Interim Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) as of July 1, 2018 at Carleton University. He is also currently serving as the Assistant Vice-President (Academic) in the Office of the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) until July 31, 2018. Dr. Chan is a professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and recently served as Associate Dean (Programs and Awards) in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. 

Find out more about his research here. 

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Dr. John Kingdom

John Kingdom graduated from Trinity College Dublin Medical School in 1984 and undertook Residency Training Programs in Paediatrics and Obstetrics-Gynaecology in Glasgow. He developed his research interests in the placenta during a Medical Research Council (UK) Research Fellowship.  He did his Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at University College Hospital, London, followed by three years as Assistant Professor.  In 1998 he was recruited to his current position as a Clinician-Scientist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  He established the Placenta Clinic with his colleague Dr. Rory Windrim in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division in 1999.  His basic and clinical research interests in Placental Development and Pathology are currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a variety of donors; he has previously been funded also by the Ontario Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation and the Alternate Funding Plan Innovation Fund of Mount Sinai Hospital-University Health Network.  He has held the Rose Torno Chair at Mount Sinai Hospital since 2005. He directed the University of Toronto Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program for ten years until 2009.  In 2011 he was President of the US-based Perinatal Research Society.  In 2012, he was appointed Head of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto and more recently was elected to the Chair of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Toronto, effective July 2013. John has published over 240 original peer review publications and supervises a wide range of Clinical and Basic Science Trainees. 

Find out more about his research here. 


Dr. Kristin Connor

Dr. Kristin Connor is an Assistant Professor of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University. She is a molecular geneticist and nutritionist by first training (University of Guelph) and obtained her doctorate in reproductive and developmental physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she conducted her research internationally. Dr. Connor was a Research Fellow and Investigator at the Liggins Institute and the National Research Centre for Growth and Development in Auckland, New Zealand, and a senior Research Fellow at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where she currently conducts her human clinical research. Dr. Connor works with investigators nationally and her collaborations extend beyond Canada to teams in the United States, Brazil, France, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Connor has received various recognitions such as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, awards from international research societies including the International Society of Endocrinology and the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and was named a Venture Sinai Women’s Fellow. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

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Dr. Martin Holcik

Dr. Martin Holcik is a full-time professor and Departmental Chair in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Carleton University. His research interests focus primarily on protein synthesis in health and disease. 

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 Dr. Steven Hawken

Steven Hawken completed his Master of Science in Applied Statistics at the University of Guelph in 2001, and then began the first phase of his career as a biostatistician with the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) at McMaster University/Hamilton Health Sciences under the leadership of Salim Yusuf, Sonia Anand and Hertzel Gerstein, providing statistical expertise for large international clinical trials and epidemiological studies.  He later joined the University of Ottawa to work with Dr. Julian Little as Biostatistician and Research Manager for his Human Genome Epidemiology Research program.  He served as the founding Lead Analyst for ICES uOttawa, the Ottawa satellite unit of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences from 2010 to 2015, under the leadership of Carl van Walraven and Kumanan Wilson, during which time he completed a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in 2014.

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Dr. Dina El Demellawy

Dina El Demellaway is Pediatric and Perinatal Pathologist at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Additionally, she serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Her primary fields of interest include pediatric and perinatal pathology, soft tissue, and bone pathology.