Investigator

Heather Armstrong

PhDMED, MSc

  • Accepting Students: Yes
  • Research Category: Childhood Diseases

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Current Positions

Assistant Professor Department of Internal Medicine, Manitoba Centre for Proteomics and Systems Biology
Assistant Professor Department of Immunology
Assistant Professor Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Education

BSc (Biological Sciences Major, Science Psychology Minor.), University of Alberta
MSc (Cell Biology), University of Alberta
PhDMED (Medicine), University of Adelaide
PDF (Pediatrics), University of Alberta

Research Focus

We identified how dysbiosis and altered microbe function in pediatric IBD leads to dysregulated fibre fermentation resulting in worsened inflammation in select patients, associated with increase risk of cancer. We aim to define the molecular mechanisms underlying the link between diet, microbes, microenvironment, and inflammation in IBD, MS, and RA.

Research Interests

Fermentation processes, microbiome, mucosal barrier, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diet therapy.