Sheila Dervis - Ph.D. Candidate
Sheila joined Dr. Adamo’s team in January 2019 to continue her interests in understanding thermoregulatory responses throughout pregnancy. She completed a MSc in Human Kinetics (’14) under the supervision of Dr. Jay at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis examined the influence of large differences in body fat on temperature regulation and sweating during exercise in warm conditions. In this time, it was apparent that the understanding of thermoregulatory responses in females was limited and decided to continue testing young females. Sheila wanted to examine the influence of hormone fluctuation across the menstrual cycle on thermoregulatory responses during exercise in the heat. Then progressed to understanding thermoregulatory functions related to pregnancy in her current thesis project.
Sheila’s Ph.D. thesis examines the influence of gestational weight gain on heat production and current understanding of heat loss mechanisms in women throughout pregnancy. Stay tuned for the exciting outcomes!
When Sheila is outside the lab, 99% of the time she will be involved in dancing, whether it is socially, in performance, training or just by herself
Chris Edwards - Ph.D. Candidate
Chris joined Dr. Adamo’s team in 2020 to continue her quest to understand the mechanisms and mitigation opportunities of musculoskeletal injuries (MSKi) within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Her research aims to address sex-disparities in MSKi within the CAF, with a goal of identifying sex-specific MSKi-reduction strategies.
Chris completed her MSc in Applied Exercise Science with a focus in Human Movement Sciences at Concordia University Chicago and her BHK majoring in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of British Columbia. She has spent the last few years supporting CAF and NATO military members as a physiologist, kinesiologist, and high-performance coach.
Chris is not great at small talk, loves Nature, and rarely will you find her without a coffee, a messy bun, and her dog Sitka at her side.
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.
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.
Shuhiba Mohammad - Ph.D. Candidate
Shuhiba joined Dr. Adamo's team in January 2017 to continue her passion for understanding how the placenta influences fetal programming and impacts health for a lifetime. She completed a MSc in Experimental Medicine ('16) under the supervision of Dr. Anne Croy at Queen's University (Kingston, ON). Her thesis sought to examine the pathogenesis of Salmonella infection during pregnancy using a mouse model. Inspired by the fascinating roles of the placenta in fetal development, she joined Adamo Lab hoping to understand how physical activity impacts placental biology.
Like many Adamo lab members and alumni, she studied at the University of Guelph (MBS '13 & BSc majoring in Biomedical Science '12).
She also enjoys volunteering for Let's Talk Science within the local Ottawa region and listening to CBC radio shows.
Shuhiba is a recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences uOttawa/CHEO Doctoral Fellowship for Advancement of Biological Perspectives for Exercise Interventions Across Lifespan (2017-19) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-18, 2019-20).
Shuhiba can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter: @ShuhibaMohammad or on ResearchGate.