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Merilee Brockway

Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba

I am a registered nurse (RN) and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. As an RN, I worked in public and maternal-child health. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology and a Baccalaureate in nursing, I also have a PhD from the faculty of nursing at the University of Calgary, where I examined maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy and infant feeding outcomes in moderate and late preterm infants enrolled in the Alberta Family Integrated Care (FICare) trial. I am also the research lead on a patient oriented research study determining the top 10 research priorities for families with young children.
Currently, I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba in Dr. Meghan Azad’s lab, exploring clinical applications of donor human milk. Specifically, I am exploring the hypothesis that in the absence of mother’s own milk, the use of donor milk matched to maternal secretor status will result in significantly more favourable microbiome diversity. My post-doctoral research fellowship is funded by the Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation and my research space is supported by the NorthernStar Mother’s Milk Bank in Calgary.


  • 2020–present
    Adjunct assistant professor, University of Calgary
  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Manitoba


  • 2019 
    University of Calgary, Doctorate
  • 2002 
    University of Calgary, BN
  • 2000 
    University of Lethbridge, BSc

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta