Barbara Verstraeten


Barbara Verstraeten, Graduate Student, Department of Physiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Barbara Verstraeten is a 2nd year graduate student in the lab of Dr. David Olson at the Department of Physiology, at the University of Alberta. She qualified as an M.D. at the University of Ghent, Belgium, after which she started residency in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has a strong desire to pursue a Ph.D., therefore after completing her third year of residency, she took a leave of absence to begin Ph.D. work addressing problems of preterm birth.

She currently focuses on the regulation of Interleukin-1 and Interleukin-6 receptors and their Accessory Proteins in human parturition. She received a Ph.D. fellowship from the FWO in Flanders, Belgium to support her salary during her research. Barbara has presented her work at local, national and international meetings. Recently, she published a comprehensive review of Canadian perinatal mortality rates, as compared to other OECD countries, formulating suggestions towards improving the Canadian situation. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.