Reproductive and Developmental Sciences

Reproductive and Developmental Sciences provides students with a broad knowledge of mammalian reproductive and developmental biology, as well as with in-depth expertise in at least one area of research, including reproductive and molecular endocrinology, immunology of reproduction, fertilization and early embryonic development, perinatal metabolism, and fetal neonatal physiology.


Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Anglesio, Michael Cancer of the Reproductive System; Host-Tumour Interaction; Endometriosis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Immunotherapy; microenvironment; endometriosis associated cancers; Immunology; genomics; gene-expression and transcriptomics; Cancer prevention; ovarian cancer etiology; early detection biomarkers; animal models of endometriosis and cancer
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Perinatal Period; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Maternal Mental Health; Pregnancy Outcomes; Perinatal Anxiety; Prenatal Cannabis Use; Developmental Outcomes
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Other clinical medicine; Endometriosis; Recurrent Pregnancy Loss; Infertility; Minimally Invasive Surgery
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Healthy Starts; cellular and molecular processes that direct trophoblast cell biology in early placental development; Examining the A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase (ADAM) family in trophoblast biology; Examining the effects of obesity-associated inflammation on the maternal-fetal interface; Identifying gene expression differences in subpopulations of trophoblasts in normal and pathological pregnancies
Brotto, Lori Sexual Dysfunctions; sexual dysfunction; mindfulness; sexual desire
Cerri, Ronaldo Animal Reproduction; Animal Production; Agricultural Machinery and Technology; Endocrine Regulation; Biotechnology and Activity monitors; Dairy cattle reproduction; Endometrium-conceptus cross communication; Production medicine in dairy cattle; Estrous cycle physiology in cattle; Inflammation and stress
Devlin, Angela Obesity; Children; cardiovascular disease; Diabetes; developmental programming
Elango, Rajavel Protein Nutrition, Maternal-Fetal Nutrition, Childhood Malnutrition, Amino Acid Metabolism, Human Nutrition
Flannigan, Ryan evaluating genetic and molecular mechanisms contributing to non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA)
Hanley, Gillian socioeconomic status as a predictor of maternal mental health prenatally, use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and infant outcomes.
Huntsman, David Corporate Law; Contracts; Competition Law; legal history
Joseph, K.S. Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal
Leung, Peter C Reproductive and molecular endocrinology
Lisonkova, Sarka preeclampsia
McAlpine, Jessica subtypes of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and prevention
Mitchell-Foster, Sheona Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Cancer of the Reproductive System; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; AIDS / HIV; Urban and Rural Planning Policies; cervical cancer screening; HPV; rural and remote reproductive care; Indigenous women's health; perinatal substance-use; reproductive health of women living with HIV; culturally safe care; reproductive screening in LMIC
Money, Deborah Reproductive Infectious Diseases, Infectious in pregnancy, vaginal microbiome, HPV vaccine, HIV in women, HIV in pregnancy, Perinatal transmission of viral pathogens and infectious etiology of preterm labour
Munro, Sarah Participatory research; Health Care Technologies; Community Health / Public Health; Health Promotion; Health Policies; Health Care Organization; Social Determinants of Health; Family Planning; Perinatal Period; Birth Control; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Knowledge translation; Implementation Science; Shared decision making; Reproductive and maternal health; Family planning; Caesarean section
Norman, Wendy Contraception, Abortion, Family Planning, Family Practice Research, Primary Care Research, Researcher training, Family Practice
Oberlander, Timothy Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity
Ranger, Manon Neurodevelopment; Clinical nursing, secondary (acute care); neurodevelopment; Early-adversity; Biomarkers of early stress exposure; Brain development; pain; Prematurity
Robinson, Wendy Other basic medicine and life sciences; Medical Genetics; Human Development; Epigenetics; miRNA; Preterm Birth; Placenta; Mosaicism; Fetal Growth; DNA methylation; Sex differences
Roskelley, Calvin Breast cancer, ovarian cancer
Talhouk, Aline Computer Science and Statistics; Epidemiology; Bioinformatics; Cancer of the Reproductive System; Digital health; Machine Learning; diagnostic models; prevention; personalized medicine; Privacy
Tomek, Jennifer Perinatal epidemiology ; Perinatal research methods; Fetal growth restriction; Severe maternal morbidity; Improving the reference charts used to assess fetal growth and maternal weight gain in pregnancy; Evaluating the impact of obstetrical health care policies on maternal and infant health; Developing clinical prediction models for the identification of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes
Vogl, A Wayne Nervous system connectivity and communication
Yong, Paul pelvic pain, with a particular interest in endometriosis, painful periods, sexual pain, co-existing bladder and bowel problems, and pain related to the musculoskeletal system; laparoscopic excision of complex endometriosis and prevention of adhesions in women with endometriosis and pelvic pain and infertility


Natasha Orr

Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)

Kate Wahl

Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)

Dwayne Tucker

Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)