Elena Verdú, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine

Associate Director, Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute
Director, Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit
McMaster University
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5

Telephone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 20051
Fax: (905) 522-3454
E-mail: verdue@mcmaster.ca

MD, University of Buenos Aires
Doctoral MD thesis, University of Lausanne
PhD (Microbiology and Immunology) Czech Academy of Sciences
Canada Research Chair (CIHR) Tier 1 in Microbial Therapeutics and Nutrition in Gastroenterology
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) Fellow


Mini Bio

Dr. Verdu received an MD degree and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. She received further training in Gastroenterology and Clinical Research at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She earned a doctoral degree in Human Physiology for her thesis on the interaction between chronic H. pylori infection and inhibition of gastric acid secretion under the direction of Prof. Andre Blum. She then undertook PhD studies in Microbiology and Gnotobiology at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, where she investigated the role of commensal bacterial sonicates in the modulation of experimental colitis, under the supervision of Prof. Helena Tlaskaova. Her post-doctoral training with Prof. Stephen Collins at McMaster University focussed on the role of probiotic bacteria in mouse models of gut dysfunction. In 2006 she became Assistant Professor at McMaster University, was promoted  to Associate Professor in 2011, and to full Professor in 2018. Since 2010, she directs the Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit established by Prof. Andrew Macpherson at McMaster University.

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