Ms Jocelyn Wessels, M.Sc. is a PhD student in the Medical Sciences Programme at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Jocelyn received her Master’s training in reproductive immunology at the University of Guelph, under the supervision of Dr. Chandra Tayade. She is a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and currently working in Dr. Warren Foster’s laboratory in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at McMaster University. The focus of her research is assessment of different clinical markers that can be used in a diagnostic panel for endometriosis. The ideal combination of biomarkers will allow the diagnosis of endometriosis by a simple blood or urine test. Moreover, the goal is to identify and characterize novel proteins involved in the development and progression of endometriosis that can be used by physicians to monitor progression of the disease and a patient’s response to treatment. Success of her project will permit earlier diagnosis of endometriosis without the need and risk of surgery as well as provide a mechanism to monitor patient response to medical therapies. Jocelyn is also interested in understanding endometriosis-associated pain, and the reason endometrial tissue is able to survive outside the uterus in endometriotic lesions.