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Research Interests

The underlying cellular, molecular, and physiological mechanisms of insulin resistant states (type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome), with a focus on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.

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Food intake regulation; carbohydrates, sweeteners, appetite and health; proteins, amino acids and food intake; dietary control of peptide hormone and neurotransmitter metabolism. Food composition, dietary status and chronic disease.

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Our lab group is currently focused on the epigenetics of benign (or not) urological disease.
Professor  |  Professor

Mrinalini Balki MBBS, MD

Research Interests

Physiological, pharmacological and genetic mechanisms to understand postpartum uterine atony and hemorrhage, myometrial contractility in response to various anesthetics, uterotonic and tocolytic drugs, umbilical and uterine vascular contractility in response to vasopressors; plasma oxytocin levels.
Assistant Professor

Kate Bans DVM, MSc

Research Interests

Administration of animal care programs, mouse models, translational research, germfree technology and operations

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Genetics of complex traits, with a focus on childhood-onset psychiatric disorders and cognitive function including reading disabilities (developmental dyslexia), childhood-onset depression, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Tourette Syndrome. Functional studies of genomic regions identified in genetic risk for psychiatric disorders and immune mediated disorders.

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Electrophysiology of epithelial cells: the role of ion conductance in epithelium secretory responses and volume regulation.

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The physiology of the pulmonary circulation during the transition from fetal to neonatal life, the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension syndrome of the newborn and mechanical ventilation induced lung injury.

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My research program is divided into two main themes: 1. Control of GnRH neuronal function by steroid hormones and afferent neuronal input (CIHR), and 2. Central and peripheral signals controlling neuronal cell types expressing neuropeptides linked to the regulation of energy homeostasis (CIHR).
Assistant Professor

Filio Billia MD, PhD

Research Interests

Cardiology