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I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, Canada. My research examines the social and ecological determinants of health among marginalized and Indigenous populations in Canada and globally. In particular, I am interested in the nutritional and health implications of poverty, community food security, migration, and climate change. I work closely with collaborators to conduct community engaged mixed methods research emphasizing co-production of knowledge for evidence-based decision making.

I completed my PhD in Population Medicine and International Development at the University of Guelph and a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship with the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Université Laval. I have worked or currently work in India, Uganda, Peru, Guatemala, the Philippines, Nunavut, and Nunavik (northern Québec).

I’m an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, ski touring, and running.



Chloe Zivot

Chloe is in the first year of her PhD in Public Health and International Development at the University of Guelph. Her research interests include global health, maternal and child health, food security, and forced migration. For her doctoral research, Chloe plans to examine the social, environmental, and gender determinants of access to health services during the refugee resettlement process in Ontario.


Meera Bhulabhai

Meera graduated from Ryerson with a BASc in Public Health. During her undergrad she developed a passion for epidemiology and chose to pursue a MSc in Population Health and the University of Guelph. Her research interests includes global health, maternal health and Indigenous health.


Nicole Winters

Nicole completed her undergraduate studies in Life Sciences at Queen's University and is now studying her Master of Public Health at the University of Guelph. She has experience working in environmental health and health promotion at a local public health unit, as well as vaccine research for the federal government. Nicole is interested in various areas of public health including infectious disease, vaccination, climate change and health, and health equity.


Cole Heasley

Cole is in his final year of an undergraduate in Biomedical Toxicology. His research interests involve epidemiology and health interventions around the intersections of nutrition and toxicology, environmental health and climate change, poverty, and endemic diseases. Cole's research project focuses on a nutritional intervention with food insecure patients in Guelph. Some of his hobbies include student government, cooking, and trivia.


Josephine Gaupholm

Josephine is in the first year of her PhD having completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Guelph and Master’s degree in International Health at the University of Leeds. Her doctoral research will be focused on exploring the role of the food environment on dietary choices in the Philippines. Her research interests include global health, food security, nutrition, and health promotion. Outside of academics Josephine is an avid reader, podcast listener, and traveler.