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Katherine Wynne-Edwards


Professor (Comparative Endocrinology)
Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine (CBEM)

Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-6331


Katherine Wynne-Edwards received her BSc Honours Biology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and her PhD in Biology from Princeton University in 1987. From there she went to the University of Kansas Medical Center as a Lalor Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor in Physiology. In 1990, she joined the faculty of Queen's University as Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar, completing a circle back to her undergraduate Biology department. A full professor since 2000, Katherine remains an Adjunct Professor at Queen's, and joined the University of Calgary, as Professor of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, in July of 2008. Her research has ranged from field studies of hamster behaviour and social communication in the steppes of Siberia (back when there was a USSR), through hormonal changes in men becoming fathers and male hamsters acting as midwives, to the impact of lifestyle on individual hormone dynamics.

Research personnel and trainees : 

Dr. Wynne-Edwards will be accepting graduate students in 2009. Her current graduate students and staff are still at Queen's University, waiting until the research space is complete before joining her in Calgary. At the moment, the lab group in Kingston consists of: Lea Bond (BSc, MLT, MSc) as research associate and laboratory manager Kristin Scourse (RVT) as research assistant and animal facility coordinator (on maternity leave) Katie McDonald (RVT) as Kristin's maternity leave replacement Mary Timonin (PhD student) François Guimont (PhD student) Trina Hancock (PhD student) Joelle Thorpe (MSc student)