Ms. Amanda Higgins
Ph.D. Candidate


  • B.Sc. (Honours in Biomedical science- University of Ottawa)
  • M.Sc.(Cellular and molecular medicine- University of Ottawa); Thesis- Reduction in skeletal muscle chloride conductance improves contractile force in wildtype mice


Dr. Kristi Adamo

Research Program:

Ph.D. Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

Thesis Project:

Effects of Obesity and Lifestyle Modifications on Placental Gene Expression and Fetal Growth

Research Interests:

  • Impact of regular physical activity on maternal and fetal health
  • Health promotion and obesity prevention
  • Inflammatory responses in pregnancy complicated by obesity
  • Epigenetic modifications induced by changes in activity level and diet

Professional Interests:

Canada Obesity Network (CON) member


Amanda joined the HALO group in September 2014. Her interest in health and physical activity intervention began during her previous degree, which involved the cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle contractility at the onset of exercise. Her background provides a unique scientific approach to the benefits of regular physical activity and healthy eating. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running and is currently preparing for a half-marathon race. She also enjoys relaxing by going to Nordik spa and tea stores for high tea.