Danilo Fernandes da Silva - Postdoctoral Fellow
Danilo joined Dr. Adamo's research team for the second time in February 2019. His postdoc project aims to assess the effects of the mHealth SmartMoms Canada program in helping
women adhere to gestational weight gain (GWG) guidelines and improve pregnancy and labour
complications. He also contributes in other projects related to pregnancy and exercise, heart rate variability, and behavioural changes throughout pregnancy.
In 2015, he joined the Adamo's team for the first time to complete part of his PhD project in Canada. His study aimed to assess the effects of HRV-guided training compared to a standardized prescription on endurance performance and autonomic cardiac modulation in untrained women, under supervision of Dr. Machado (Brazil) and Dr. Adamo.
Danilo has completed his Ph.D. in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology) in the State University of Maringá, Brazil (Dec, 2016). He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education (State University of Maringá) and a Master's degree in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology) as well. Danilo enjoys different sports, and is currently practising orienteering, soccer, running, and biking. He also likes reading, listening to music and dancing.
Taniya Singh Nagpal - Postdoctoral Fellow
Taniya joined the Adamo team in September 2019. Taniya is completing a Mitacs post-doctoral fellowship in partnership with The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. Her research interests include lifestyle behaviour change during pregnancy, eliminating weight stigma and bias within prenatal care, early prevention of chronic diseases by intervening during pregnancy and obesity treatment and management.
Taniya completed her PhD in 2019 from Western University under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Mottola and Dr. Harry Prapavessis. She is now joining the Adamo Lab to continue studying and contributing to what she believes in most: you can change the world with healthy pregnancies! Taniya prioritizes participating in knowledge translation initiatives and has been actively involved with health organizations including Obesity Canada and Exercise is Medicine Canada. She is also your biggest Disney, Harry Potter and Friends fan.
Tarushika Vasanthan - Postdoctoral Fellow
Taru is joining the Adamo lab as a postdoctoral research fellow building on her previous Master’s research experience, where she examined placental physiology using the ex-vivo dual closed-loop placental perfusion model in Dr. Christoph Fusch’s lab at McMaster University. Under the co-supervision of Dr. Kristi Adamo and Dr. Cory Harris, Taru will be investigating the maternal metabolome in early, mid, and late pregnancy in physically active and inactive women to determine whether the late metabolomic signatures predict fetal metabolome.
As the recipient of the 2018 H. G. Thode scholarship, Taru completed her first postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Jonathon Stone. Taru also completed her PhD in 2017 from McMaster University under the guidance of Dr. Stone and was named valedictorian of her graduating class. Outside her research interests, Taru enjoys teaching, event planning and board games.