Cloe McDonald, PhD

Research Scientist

University Health Network

Brief Bio:

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Wafaie Fawzi, a global leader in maternal and child health research, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. My doctoral research, conducted with Dr. Kevin Kain at the University of Toronto, focused on the pathophysiology of placental malaria, as well as the development of rapid diagnostic tools and intervention strategies to reduce the global burden of malaria in pregnancy. My post-doctoral research couples basic research with translational approaches to bring novel diagnostic tools and adjunctive therapies to at-risk women. I am interested in studying the pathobiology leading to preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction, in addition to the impact of placental development and the in utero environment on fetal growth and neurodevelopment. I have an interdisciplinary background having studied in a wide range of fields including neuroscience, immunology, global health, infectious disease and maternal and child health. I hope to pursue a career as a research scientist in the field of reproductive health. I would like to devote my research to the discovery and implementation of meaningful and sustainable ways to improve global maternal and child health.