Room : THN 217
Phone : (613) 562-5800 ext. 8678
Fax : (613) 562-5632
E-mail : karen.phillips@uOttawa.ca
Karen Phillips, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and a Principal Scientist at the Institute for Population Health. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Ottawa specializing in oocyte maturation, molecular events at fertilization and early embryo development. During her doctoral training, Professor Phillips furthered her education at the Fertility Centre, Ottawa Hospital to become a Clinical Embryologist, trained in all aspects of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Professor Phillips’ program of research is interdisciplinary approaches to evaluate sexual and reproductive health. Bio-environmental determinants of reproductive health are evaluated using laboratory and animal models. Currently under investigation is the role of bisphenol A, an endocrine disrupter, on testicular physiology; specifically the expression of testicular estrogen receptors (ERα, ERβ and GPR30). Social-environmental determinants of reproductive health are evaluated using qualitative research methodology. Professor Phillips’ research team has undertaken several studies including sexual and reproductive health education, university students’ perceptions of infertility and ART, emotional impacts of infertility among Canadian women and the role of complementary and alternative medical practitioners in the treatment and support of infertility.
|2002-2004||Risk Assessment, Endocrine Disrupters||Institute of Population Health|
|2001-2002||Post-doctoral Fellow||Reproductive Physiology||OHRI|
|2001||Ph.D.||Reproductive Physiology||University of Ottawa|