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University of Manitoba

Internal Medicine

808 JBRC, University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus,

715 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba

R3E 3P4, Canada


Research Interests



Dietary fibers

Dietary proteins




Mucosal biology


Inflammatory bowel diseases

Multiple Sclerosis

Rheumatoid arthritis



Topics to speak on:

Diet, gut health, autoimmune disease, microbiome, cancer, career development, disability and diversity in research

Words of Wisdom

Few careers offer such diverse and rewarding opportunities than that of research and discovery. Find a topic you are passionate about, surround yourself with supportive colleagues and mentors, and never be afraid to ask questions. Stay focused and diligent and always strive to be a better version of yourself each day. Excited to inspire the next generation of global researchers to explore the links between diet, microbiome and disease outcomes.


Dr Armstrong completed her MSc in Cell Biology at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Paul LaPointe studying molecular chaperones, protein pathways, and their role in disease. She completed her PhD-MED at the University of Adelaide, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), with Dr. Wayne Tilley, Dr. Lisa Butler, Dr. Margaret Centenera, and Dr. Luke Selth, where she examined the efficacy and molecular mechanism of action of Heat Shock Protein inhibitors in the treatment of breast and prostate cancer. She went on to complete a fellowship with Dr. Eytan Wine in pediatric gastroenterology at the Stollery Children’s Hospital at the University of Alberta studying clinical gastroenterology and translational microbiology with a focus on diet and IBD, where she was also a lecturer for the School of Medicine and Dentistry MD/DDS programs. As an independent laboratory leader, faculty member, young female, and chronic IBD patient, Dr Armstrong has spent her career developing an understanding of how best to support productivity, creativity, and problem solving within the team environment. As an assistant professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair at the University of Manitoba, Department of Internal Medicine, she and her team continue to advance the field of nutrition, microbiology, and immunology research to improve the outcomes of patients suffering from autoimmune diseases and cancer.


Shaun Lamoureaux best MMSF operating grant – Manitoba Medical Services Foundation

IMPACTT Microbiome Mentee – paired with Dr Elena Verdu (Mentor; McMaster University)

Editor’s Choice Publication – Cancers Journal

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Fellow Award

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship

MITACS Elevate Fellowship