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Sloboda, Deb


Deborah Sloboda is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, an associate member of the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics, and the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in perinatal programming. Her research in the Sloboda Lab focuses on early life origins of health and disease, particularly understanding the impact of early life adversity on the mother and the developing fetus. She is interested in how fetal adaptations to adversity influence the risk of chronic disease in aging individuals. Deborah is a highly accomplished researcher ​with multiple awards, including the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Nick Hales Award and the Hamilton YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Science Trade and Technology.


  • PhD, Physiology, The University of Toronto
  • MSc, Kinesiology, The University of Western Ontario
  • BSc, Human Biology and French, The University of Guelph
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