Research Team

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. Paul Yong
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Research Director & Gynaecologist, BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis
team member

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. 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
team member

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.

Dr. Christina Williams
Co-Investigator
Gynaecologist, BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis
team member

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

Heather Noga is a research manager with the Women’s Health Research Institute dedicated to the Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Laboratory.  Heather has a very diverse range of research experience.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. in International Criminal Justice from the University of Leeds, UK.  However, most of her work has been focused on improving care for vulnerable populations.  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.

Heather Noga
Research Manager

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.

Natasha Orr
PhD Student

Fahad Alotaibi has a Bachelor of Science degree from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.  He recently completed a Master’s of Science in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at the University of British Columbia with a focus on the Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 in Endometriosis.  He is currently working on a PhD at UBC with the Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Laboratory.

Fahad Alotaibi
PhD Candidate
team member

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.

Kate Wahl
Research Assistant

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.

Leah Tannock
Master’s Student

Michelle is currently in her 2nd year at the University of British Columbia studying Microbiology and Immunology. Michelle works with Natasha Orr on her research focuses and volunteers in the clinic helping enter data and make phone calls. Apart from school and volunteering, Michelle is an active member of the Science Undergraduate Society at UBC and enjoys playing intramural volleyball!

Michelle Lisonek
Undergraduate Student

Caroline Lee is the current fellow for UBC’s advanced training in endometriosis, pelvic pain, and advanced laparoscopic surgery. She is currently enrolled in a masters in reproductive sciences to pursue her research interests in management of pelvic pain and endometriosis in an interdisciplinary setting.

Caroline Lee
MSc Student & Clinical Fellow

Hessey Ohm is a second year medical student at UBC. Her project at the Yong Lab involves looking at associations between deep dyspareunia and degree of posterior compartment disease. She looks forward to learning more about endometriosis and women’s health in a collaborative setting.

Hessey Ohm
Medical Student

Shermeen holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and is interested in exploring the mechanisms of the menstrual cycle as well as the psychological influences on female sexual health. In addition to her research interests, Shermeen hopes to improve the school curricula on sexual education and empower young women to speak out and seek knowledge about their sexual health.

Shermeen Imtiaz
Volunteer

Sadaf is currently in her last year of her undergraduate degree at UBC where she studies Molecular and Developmental Biology. Her research interests include endometriosis and pelvic pain; this interest drew Sadaf to work on her current project focused around neurogenesis in endometriosis. Sadaf hopes to continue to contribute knowledge towards women’s health issues, and further improve the treatment of debilitating conditions like endometriosis. Aside from her academics, Sadaf is involved in her community by volunteering at a local hospital and working with at-risk youth in marginalized populations.

Sadaf Sediqi
Undergraduate Student

Aziz is a 2nd year undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Aziz has many research interests and has experience in heart failure clinical research. His current project is on Sexual Pain & Endometriosis and requires him to spend time at the BC Women’s Hospital as well as to work alongside graduate students.

Aziz Ghafoor
Undergraduate Student