Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

The goal of the Graduate Program in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences is to provide 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.  M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of study are offered.  Both programs involve course work and completion of a thesis based on research carried out by the student.

The main research activities take place in the BC Women’s Hospital, the main obstetrics hospital in Vancouver and in the adjacent B.C. Research Institute for Children’s and Women’s Health.  In addition, other research is carried out on the main University campus.  All sites possess modern, well equipped laboratories.  In addition, there are opportunities for research involving human reproductive biology with clinical members of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Anglesio, Michael
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 Reproductive & Developmental Science Sexual medicine
Cundiff, Geoffrey female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, urogynaecology, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, obstetrical injury, quality assurance, Epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders, to anatomy, to education, to the prevention of maternal obstetrical trauma
Dahlgren, Leanne high-risk pregnancy; prenatal population health; csection by maternal request; aboriginal maternal and perinatal health; prenatal diagnosis
Geoffrion, Roxana patient education, surgical outcomes after various pelvic reconstructive surgeries and surgical skill development through simulation and standardized training; pelvic floor reconstruction procedures such as vaginal prolapse or urinary incontinence surgery
Hammond, Geoffrey Lewis Steroids in growth and development, reproductive health, nutrition
Hanley, Gillian socioeconomic status as a predictor of maternal mental health prenatally, use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and infant outcomes.
Huntsman, David hereditary cancer, molecular pathology, cancer biomarkers, Pancreas centre
Hutcheon, 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
Joseph, K.S. Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal
Kwon, Janice health policy relating to gynecologic cancers as well as hereditary cancer syndromes
Leung, Peter C Reproductive and molecular endocrinology
Lisonkova, Sarka preeclampsia
Ma, Sai Gametes and early embryo development
McAlpine, Jessica subtypes of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and prevention
Miller, Diane Gynacologic oncology, obstetrics, cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment of pre-invase gynecologic cancer, histology
Mitchell-Foster, Sheona reproductive health of marginalized populations and has worked extensively in East Africa on cervical cancer prevention using HPV self-collection for screening; perinatal substance use in Northern British Columbia with a focus on aboriginal and underserved populations.
Mohamed, Mohamed IVF, MIS, robotic surgery, fertility preservation in cancer patients, and endometriosis
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
Rowe, Timothy Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Sadownik, Leslie impact of chronic vulvar diseases, and their treatment, on the quality of life of the affected woman
Skoll, Mary Preterm birth; Alloimmunisation
Smith, Kelly women
Stuart, Gavin Medicine
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

Stories

Asif Khowaja

Student
Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)