Research Team


Dr. Paul Yong

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Research Director & Gynaecologist, BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis

Dr. Paul Yong (MD, PhD, FRCSC) is a Gynaecologist at the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis and directs the Research Program at the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis. Dr. Yong’s clinical practice is focused on pelvic pain, with a particular interest in endometriosis, painful periods, sexual pain, co-existing bladder and bowel problems, and pain related to the musculoskeletal system. His clinical research interests are in endometriosis and pelvic pain, and his translational research interests include bio-banking of endometriosis, gene sequencing in endometriosis, and investigating nerve formation in the pelvis as a cause of pain. Dr. Yong is also involved in teaching and is Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties.


Dr. Catherine Allaire

Co-Investigator
Medical Director & Gynaecologist, BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
Head of the Division of Gynaecologic Specialties, UBC

Dr. Catherine Allaire (MD, FRCSC) is a gynaecologist with special expertise in endometriosis, pelvic pain, and surgical education. She is the Medical Director of the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis, a Clinical Professor at the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties and at the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI/IVF), and is member of the UBC Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). Dr. Allaire was one of the first in Canada to adopt minimally invasive surgical techniques (MIS) for the treatment of gynaecologic problems, such as laparoscopic hysterectomy and laparoscopic excision of complex endometriosis. She is the creator and director of the MIS rotation, is the Director of the UBC Fellowship in Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, and Advanced Laparoscopy, and is known across Canada and internationally as a teacher and mentor in MIS.


Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy

Co-Investigator
Professor, University of British Columbia
Head of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, UBC
Gynaecologist, BC Women’s Center for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis

Dr. Mohamed Bedaiwy (MD, FRCSC) joined the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis in 2015. He is also Professor and Division Head, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is best known for his work in endometriosis, ovarian transplantation, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). His interests include IVF, MIS, robotic surgery, fertility preservation in cancer patients, and endometriosis


Dr. Christina Williams

Co-Investigator
Gynaecologist, BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis

Dr. Christina Williams (MD, FRCSC) is a Gynaecologist at the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties. Dr. Williams’ practice involves helping women with pelvic pain, endometriosis, infertility, menstrual disorders, fibroids, and recurrent pregnancy loss. Her expertise is in pelvic ultrasound and advanced surgical management of gynecological conditions, such as laparoscopic removal of fibroids, laparoscopic excision of complex endometriosis, and laparoscopic hysterectomy.


Heather Noga

Heather Noga
Research Manager
Women’s Health Research Institute

Heather Noga is a research manager with the Women’s Health Research Institute dedicated to the Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Laboratory.  Heather has a diverse range of experience. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. in International Justice from the University of Leeds, UK. Her work has been focused on improving care for vulnerable populations through facilitating cross-disciplinary​ collaborations. Her interests include research design, research methods, patient engagement in research and knowledge translation. She currently manages the day to day aspects of the Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Laboratory including the Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Interdisciplinary Cohort Data Registry, Endometriosis Biobanking and a variety of trainee projects.


Kiran Parmar

Research Assistant

Kiran is a research assistant for the BC Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis working on patient-oriented knowledge translation projects. She has been working to create a resource for people with endometriosis who experience symptoms of painful sex. Kiran has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. Her research interests include quantifying reproductive and sexual health outcomes of adolescent girls in Uganda to improve access and uptake of healthcare services.


Kate Wahl

Research Assistant

Kate is pursuing a master’s degree in population and public health at the University of British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and previously worked as part of team studying the effect of cancer and cancer treatment on the cognitive functions of young adults. Her current research interest is sexual pain, particularly pain with deep vaginal penetration, experienced by people with endometriosis.


Rebecca Coxson

Communications & Public Engagement Assistant

Rebecca is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Arts, studying Economics and Commerce. Rebecca is currently working as the communications assistant for the Endometriosis Pelvic Pain Laboratory where she helps with running websites and social media accounts. Apart from school and work, Rebecca is an active member in the UBC Young Women in Business Club and also enjoys activities in nature such as hiking.


Natasha Orr

PhD Candidate

Natasha graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelors degree in Life Sciences and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences. Her research focuses on measuring central sensitization (amplification of nociception), through quantitative sensory testing, and to determine its associations with bladder/pelvic floor tenderness and severity of deep dyspareunia (pelvic pain with deep vaginal penetration during sexual intercourse). Aside from her research, Natasha works as a Teaching Assistant for the 1st and 2nd year medical school histology labs.


Dwayne Tucker

PhD Student

Dwayne is a PhD student in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program at the University of British Columbia. He has a BSc in Medical Technology from the Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica, and a MSc in Oncology from the University of Nottingham UK. Prior to joining UBC, he worked as a Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist with specialty in Chemical Pathology/Clinical Chemistry. Dwayne’s research focuses on designing and validating a clinical model to predict surgical outcome in endometriosis patients. His interest in endometriosis research is fuelled by his personal connection to women who deal with this chronic condition daily.


Alicia Long

MSc Student & Clinical Fellow

Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Dr. Alicia Long moved to Edmonton, Alberta to complete an Bachelor of Science, Honours Physiology. Dr. Long then completed medical school at the University of Alberta, followed by completion of residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alberta. Dr Long is currently completing a clinical fellowship in the Advanced Training Program in Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, and is concurrently completing a Masters in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences.


Leah Tannock

Master’s Student

Leah is Masters student in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been practicing as an RN for over 10 years, working first in Neonatal Nursing and then Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her research explores people’s experiences of endometriosis-related sexual pain and how relationships and societal factors impact its management. As a Graduate Research Assistant she is working on knowledge translation studies identifying patient resource needs.


Nisha Marshall

Master’s Student

Nisha completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Queen’s University, with a major in Life Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Nisha recently moved to British Columbia to pursue clinical research as a Master’s of Science student in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program at the University of British Columbia. Her current research interests lie in characterizing different types of sexual pain in women.


Sandy Wu

Medical Student

Sandy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences with Honours at the University of British Columbia. She then worked for a couple of years as a research coordinator at BC Children’s Hospital before heading back to UBC to pursue her degree in medicine. Sandy’s current research focuses on sexual pain and distress in patients with endometriosis.


Sophie Harasymchuk

Medical Student

Sophie is a first year medical student studying at UBC. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2020. Her research interests include health promotion, knowledge translation and the biopsychosocial aspects of women’s health. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, hiking and trying out new restaurants around the city. 

Alice Huang

Medical Student

Alice completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. She is currently a first year medical student at the UBC Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. Alice has been involved in research characterizing the function of efk-1 in stress responses, and cell elongation due to T4 phage adsorption rates. Apart from school, she is involved with Period Canada to de-stigmatize menstruation, and also volunteers with the Refugee Health Initiative to help newcomer families navigate the health care system. Her research interests include reproductive health and sexual pain. 


Rebecca MacLeod

Medical Student

Rebecca is a first-year medical student at the University of British Columbia. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include women’s sexual and reproductive health and rural health issues. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys playing classical violin, skiing, and hiking. 


Bita Gholamian

Summer Student

Gholamian is a 3rd year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and a recipient of a BCCHRI Summer Studentship. Her project will explore the patient’s perspectives of endometriosis and dyspareunia self-management, and how this can inform online resource development to support women and their families.


Samaa Matwani

MSc Student & Clinical Fellow

Samaa Matwani completed her medical school at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat – Oman. She moved to Montreal to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University, and is currently completing a clinical fellowship in the Advanced Training Program in Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, as well as a Masters in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at UBC.