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Human Health Biology

Human Health Biology focuses on:

  • Studying molecular mechanisms and treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Understanding molecular mechanisms and therapeutic strategies in cancer.
  • Examining the impact of diet and gut microbes on the immune system.
  • Studying and treating musculoskeletal disorders.

Human Health Biology refers to the biological basis of health and disease. This field focuses on the study of basic biological processes as they relate to specific human conditions, processes that potentially may lead to the design of new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.


  • Caroline Barakat-Haddad, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science (FSci)
  • Yuri Bolshan, PhD, Assistant Professor, FSci
  • Jean-Paul Desaulniers, PhD, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director (Chemistry), FSci
  • Sean Forrester, PhD, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director (Biology), FSci
  • Douglas Holdway, PhD, Professor, FSci and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Toxicology
  • Michael Holmes, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
  • Holly Jones-Taggart, PhD, Associate Dean, FHS
  • Bernadette Murphy, PhD, Professor, FHS
  • Janice Strap, PhD, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director (Biology), FSci
  • Paul Yielder, PhD, Associate Dean, FHS
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