Reproductive and Developmental Sciences
Master of Science
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.
|Anglesio, Michael||Human reproduction and development sciences; Cancer of the Reproductive System; Host-Tumour Interaction; Endometriosis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Immunotherapy; animal models of endometriosis and cancer; Cancer prevention; early detection biomarkers; endometriosis associated cancers; gene-expression and transcriptomics; genomics; Immunology; microenvironment; ovarian cancer etiology|
|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||Human reproduction and development sciences; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; mindfulness; Sexual Dysfunctions; sexual desire; sexual dysfunction|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Kwon, Janice||health policy relating to gynecologic cancers as well as hereditary cancer syndromes|
|Leung, Peter C||Reproductive and molecular endocrinology|
|McAlpine, Jessica||subtypes of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and prevention|
|Mitchell-Foster, Sheona||Human reproduction and development sciences; 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; culturally safe care; HPV; Indigenous women's health; perinatal substance-use; reproductive health of women living with HIV; reproductive screening in LMIC; rural and remote reproductive care|
|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||Human reproduction and development sciences; 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; Caesarean section; Implementation Science; Knowledge translation; Reproductive and maternal health; Shared decision making|
|Talhouk, Aline||Human reproduction and development sciences; Computer Science and Statistics; Epidemiology; Bioinformatics; Cancer of the Reproductive System; diagnostic models; Digital health; Machine Learning; personalized medicine; prevention; 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|
|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, a PhD candidate in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program, received a UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2021. This recognition is presented each year to a small number of graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at...
I would like you to join me in welcoming Ilona Ugortsev to the Department. Ilona is joining us as the new Research Manager at VGH. Ilona will be working on Wednesdays and is currently based at home but available by email or virtually for the time being. Ilona completed her Bachelor’s Degree in...
Enav Zusman, an incoming PhD student in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program, was announced as 1 of 7 awardees of the Killam Doctoral Scholarships. These awards are recognized as the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in...
On behalf of Dr. Hanna Ezzat, Residency Program Director, we are pleased to announce the first year residents have been promoted from the Transition to Discipline (TTD) stage of training to the Foundations stage of training (formerly PGY2). Please welcome them on service at the core training sites...
Congratulations to our OBGYN investigators who were awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Fall 2020 competition. Project Grants Project: “Role of Female Sex Hormones on Aging in Women Living with HIV.” Principal Investigator: Dr Melanie...