PERSONNEL

Current Members

Past Members

Principal Investigator

David M. Olson, Ph.D., FRCOG is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Physiology at the University of Alberta. His career and research program have been dedicated to improving maternal-child health. Educated at Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), the University of Minnesota, St. Louis University, and the University of Western Ontario, he served as the founding director or co-director of the University of Alberta Perinatal Research Centre, the CIHR Group in Perinatal Health and Disease, the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Maternal-Fetal-Newborn Health Research, and the AIHS Interdisciplinary Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes Team. He has raised >$30 M for research. He is a founding board member of the Child Health Research Institute (London, Ontario), The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and has served several national and international societies in elected office. He has organized the annual Western Perinatal Research Meeting for twenty-one years in Banff. His laboratory has published >140 papers primarily on the interactions of inflammatory mediators, steroids and prostaglandins on the activation of the uterus and initiation of term and preterm birth. Recently he has filed patents and started four companies to better translate laboratory discoveries to improve perinatal health.


David M. Olson (david.olson@ualberta.ca)

Teaching
Physiology 513 - Fetal Physiology
Physiology 506 - Tutorials in Physiology
Physiology 466 - Undergraduate Tutorial
Physiology 467 (465)- Undergraduate Research Project
Interdisciplinary Course (INT D) 600 - Building Foundations

Current Funding
2008 - 2012 AHFMR Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes Team (PreHOT)
2012 - 2016 CIHR Operating Grant
2012 - 2015 March of Dimes Prime Award

2012 - 2015 CFI and AET Equipment Grant
2012 - 2016 Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth /Gates Foundation







CURRENT MEMBERS

   

Research Associate

 

Sheena (Xin) Fang (fangxin@ualberta.ca)

Training
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Post Doctoral Fellow: Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, 2001

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
Medical Sciences
1994 - 1999

Hospital of Shanghai, Shanghai, P.R. China
Specialization Certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology
1984 - 1991

Shanghai Second Medical University, Shanghai, P.R.China
Degree: Bachelor of Medicine (M.D.)
1979 - 1984


Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Kelycia Leimert (kelycia@ualberta.ca)

Project
Uterine transformation: a new understanding of labour onset

Training
Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
Degree: PDF in Nursing
2018 ~ Present

Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta
Degree: PhD in Physiology
2012 ~ 2018

Department of Biological Science, Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor of Physiology and Developmental Sciences
2008~2012

Scholarships
2015-2017- WCHRI Graduate Studentship
2015-2016- Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral level)
2015- Education Abroad Individual Award
2015- 75th Anniversary Graduate Student Award
2014- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc Graduate Award
2014- Tom Wegmann Graduate Award
2014- Alberta Graduate Scholarship
2014- Profiling Alberta's Graduate Student Award
2013- Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Master's half value)


Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Barbara Verstraeten (verstrae@ualberta.ca)

Project
Epigenetics of preterm birth

Training
University of Ghana
College of Health Sciences
Degree: PDF
2019-present

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Physiology
2013-2019

University of Ghent, Belgium
Resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2010-present


University of Ghent, Belgium
Degree: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
2003-2010

Scholarships
2013 - present: PhD fellowship Research Foundation - Flanders, Belgium




Graduate Student

 

Han Lee (hhlee@ualberta.ca)

Project
Diagnosis and Prediction of Preterm Birth: A Phenomenon of Leukocyte Invasion of the Uterus during Pregnancy

Training
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Degree: Ph.D., Department of Physiology
2016 - Current


University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Degree: B. Sc., Department of Physiology
2012 - 2016

Scholarships
2016 - Undergraduate Research Initiative Stipend
2014 - Office of the Provost and VP Award
2013 - Academic Excellence Scholarship
2012 - Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship

 

 


Graduate Student

 

Nayara Antunes Lopes (nayaraga@ualberta.ca)

Project
Rats under social isolation are predisposed to adverse pregnancy outcomes and modified inflammatory profiles

Training
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Degree: Ph.D., Department of Physiology
2017-Present

Scholarships
2011 – Research assistant award - National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA)
2013 – Sciences Without Borders Undergraduate/Travel Award - Pharmacy Undergraduate in the United States of America
2014 – Hospital Pharmacist assistant award – Rede MaterDei de Saude Hospital
2017 – Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry/Alberta Health Services Graduate Student Recruitment Studentships
2018 – UofA Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship

 

 


Summer Student

 

 

Jenelle Chen (jhchen@ualberta.ca)

Project
Diagnosis and Prediction of Preterm Birth: A Phenomenon of Leukocyte Invasion of the Uterus during Pregnancy

Training
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Undergraduate: Department of Physiology
2017-Present

Scholarships





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PAST MEMBERS

Research Associates

Dean Zaragoza, M.Sc., MBA (1998 - 2007)
Tamas Zakar, PhD (1991 - 1997)

Technicians

Robyn Wilson, BSc (2001 - 2002)
Nicole Hooton, BSc
(2001)
Damyanti Bhardway, BSc (1991-1997)

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Jun Takeda, MD. (2012-2014)
Tomohito Ishiguro, M.D. (2011-2013)
Satomi Tanaka, M.D. (2009 - 2011)
Nardhy Gomez-Lopez. (2009 - 2011)
Yu
ka Yamamoto, M.D. (2008 - 2009) Shintaro Makino, M.D. (2005 - 2006)
Ichiro Yamamoto, Ph.D. (2003 - 2005)
Hisashi Yonemoto, M.D., (2002 - 2003)
Andrea Lines, Ph.D. (2000 - 2002)
Jacob Ross, Ph.D. (2000 - 2002)
Jocelynn Cook, Ph.D. (1997 - 2000)
Xu Xiong, Ph.D. (1997 - 2001)
Kathrine Peters, Ph.D. (1997 -1999)
Anna Radomski, M.D. (1995 - 1996)
Vera Boros, M.D. (1992 - 1995)
Drew W. Sadowsky, Ph.D. (1992 -1994)
Jonathon J. Hirst, Ph.D. (1991 - 1994)
David S.C. Lee, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), (1986 - 1989)

Graduate Students


Inge Christiaens, PhD (2011)
Stephen Reynolds, M.Sc. (2007)
Kathryn Brennan,Ph.D. (University of Nottingham 2006)
Shauna McGill, M.Sc. (2003)
Jason Beyea, Ph.D. (2005)
Gayle Hosford, Ph.D. (2002)
Maria Shallow, M.Sc. (2001)
Debra Sung, M.Sc. (1999)
Jane E. Mijovic,Ph.D. (1998)
Jacqueline Burghardt, Ph.D. (1998)
Fernando Teixeira, M.Sc. (1993)
Kim Koyanagi, M.Sc. (1993)
Zofia Smieja, M.Sc. (1992)
Frank Potestio, M.Sc. (1991)

Physiology Honours Students
(University of Alberta)

Brooke Hanson (2013-2014)
Heather Bronson (2012-2013)
Krystyn Popwycz (2011
- 2012)
Kelycia leimert (201
2)
Tammy Salter
(2011-2012)
Omar Hajar(2010)
Shereen Nessim (2009)
Alicia Long (2009)
Kristin Bianchini (2008)
Amy Hegstrom(2008)
Geof
f Brin (2007)

Carly Loomes (2006 -2007)
Jason Morin (2006)
Ashley Cripps (2006)
Elizabeth Hoeppner (2005)
Aaron MacDonald (2005)
Breanne McCook (2004)
Stephen Reynolds (2003)
Karen Kam (2003)
Julia Drager (2002)
Anke Schuurmans (2000 - 2001)
Kathryn Hagedorn (2001)
JoAnne Robinson (2000)
John Mireau (1998 -1999)
Kim Anderson (1998 - 1999)
Cian O’Kelly (1997)
Christine Tan (1996 - 1997)
Richard Beever (1995 -1996)
Catherine Morgan (1995 - 1996)
Travis Nairn (1993)



Summer Students
(Univeristy of Alberta)

Emily Severson (2014, 2015)
Brooke Hanson (2013)
Heather Bronson (2013)
Krystyn Popwycz (2011, 2012)
Kelycia leimert (2011)
Tammy Salter
(2011)
Shereen Nessim (2010)

Alicia Long
(2
009, 2010)
Theo Mobach (2009)
Geof
f Brin (2008)
Shivani Chaudry (2005, 2006)
Noreen Bhanji (2005)
Julia Drager (2003, 2004)
Kevin George (2004)
Breanne McCook (2004)
Kristine Kluthe (2003)
Karen Kam (2002, 2003)
Anke Schuurmans (2000, 2001, 2003)
Kathryn Hagedorn (2001)
Carmen Young (2000, 2001)
Jessica Lyons (1999, 2000)
Felicia Owokalu (1999)
Kristen Olson (1999, 2000, 2001)
Lisa Marco (1998, 1999)
Kim Anderson (1998)
Seema Seth (1997, 1998)
Wynne Leung (1997, 1998, 1999)
Christine Tan (1996)
Jordanka Angelova (1996, 1997)
Catherine Morgan (1995, 1996)
Travis Nairn (1994, 1995)
Randall Olsen (1993)
Cameron Oishi (1992)
Ronak Kanani (1992)

International Students


Nanlin Ye, MD. PhD
ChongQing, China
P.R.China
(2013-2015)

Martine Van Bennekom Medical Student,
Maastricht, the Netherlands(2009)

Brechtje Verduijn
Medical Student,
Maastricht, the Netherlands(2007)

Inge Christiaens Medical Student,
Maastricht, the Netherlands (2004)

Merel Klaassens Medical Student,
Maastricht, the Netherlands (2001)

Sarah Williams Undergraduate Student,
Adelaide, Austalia (2001)

Julie Staals Medical Student,
Maastricht, the Netherlands (1999)

 

 

 

 

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