Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reproductive Sciences

The Division of Reproductive Sciences is located on the main campus of the University of Alberta. Our laboratories occupy approximately 6000 square feet of dedicated research laboratory space and accompanying office space for faculty, research associates, post-doctoral fellows and a wide variety of graduate, undergraduate and research students. Overall, our teams comprise 25-30 full-time committed researchers.

Our divisional members are all members of the Edmonton-based Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI), which supports research through a variety of platforms and funding programs. WCHRI is the shared vision of the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services (AHS) with core funding from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation (SCHF) and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF). The latter supports the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, which is the academic home for our Department.

The major research objectives of the Reproductive Sciences Division focus on ensuring healthy pregnancies. Individual research programs include human and animal model studies in the area of pre-eclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, viral infections during pregnancy and the regulation of the timing of parturition. 

To learn more about our divisional objectives, please visit the Reproductive Sciences research page.


Faculty members in this division include:

Dr. Denise Hemmings (adjunct in Medical Microbiology and Immunology) - Division Director
Dr. Sandra Davidge (adjunct in Physiology)
Dr. B.F. (Peter) Mitchell (adjunct in Physiology) - Professor Emeritus
Dr. David Olson (adjunct in Physiology and Pediatrics)
Dr. Sue Ross (Caverzahn Research Chair, Lois Hole Hospital for Women)
Dr. Christy-Lynn Cooke
Dr. Marina Ospina

Adjunct Faculty members in this division include:

Dr. Yang Xin Fu (Department of Oncology)
Dr. Lynn Postovit (Department of Oncology)

Divisional Initiatives

The Division is composed of internationally recognized basic and clinical scientists who use basic biomedical techniques to study women’s health. Each has teaching responsibilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. All members serve as supervisors and committee members for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a broad range of departments and faculties. The Division developed and offers a post-graduate level course, Physiology 513 (Fetal Physiology).

In addition to producing innovative and significant research findings, an important initiative for the Division members is to mentor and prepare new researchers to form the next generation of researchers in women’s health. These investigators will be competent with the latest technological advances and will also have skills to form collaborative relationships with other researchers and to move their discoveries from the laboratory to business and industrial partners, and eventually to practitioners.