Denisa Urban completed a PhD at the University of Toronto, Department of Biochemistry in 2013. She next pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, focusing on the microbiome and microRNAome of non-melanoma skin cancer. Denisa has been working with the W21C since 2015 on the Efficiency, Quality, Innovation and Safety (EQuIS) research portfolio. The EQuIS Research Platform, based at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, is dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of surgical care for paediatric patients in Calgary, in Canada, and internationally. In her role as Sr. Research Associate, Denisa is responsible for overseeing multiple EQuIS projects, developing research protocols, ensuring that studies meet research ethics requirements, pursuing funding opportunities and managing research budgets, as well as providing support and mentorship to other EQuIS team members.