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Friday, February 19, 2021

The Microbiology & Immunology First-Generation University Student Mentorship Program was established in 2020 by Dr. Michael Gold to support the career and personal development goals of undergraduates and graduate students who are the first in their family to attend university. Having been a first-generation university student himself, Dr. Gold shares that teaching, training, and mentoring students is one of the great pleasures of being a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology – where he joined in 1993 and served as Department Head from 2009-... Read More

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

UBC’s Dr. Carolina Tropini, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the School of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a Distinguished Investigator by the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. The award will provide four groups of researchers with US$1.5M in funding over a three-year period to pursue projects in health, disease and technology centred on the emerging field of immunometabolism. As one of 10 new Allen Distinguished Investigators, who will be working together in teams of two or three, Dr. Tropini will explore how immune... Read More

Friday, January 29, 2021

When the new semester began and classes continued through a mix of in-person and online platforms, concerns rose about how to achieve the high standard of a UBC education. Teaching in a pandemic has many new rules to consider, but our 3rd-year microbiology lab course (MICB 322 – Molecular Microbiology Laboratory) paved the way for success. Taught by Jennifer Sibley, MICB 322 teaches students to work safely with microorganisms and lay the technical foundation for their careers. By introducing students to basic skills such as lab safety, appropriate bench setup and working... Read More

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Published by the California Institute of Technology Library, this innovative open-access microbiology textbook is written by Elitza Tocheva’s supervisor Grant Jensen, Professor of Biophysics and Biology, and Research Scientist Catherine Oikonomou. The Atlas offers offers a visual story of the microbial cell, using real 3D imaging data to showcase the complex structures that make these cells tick, and draws on the specialized expertise of the Jensen Lab at Caltech in state-of-the-art 3D cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM). Over the last 15 years, this technique has allowed... Read More

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

India ink stain to reveal the polysaccharide capsule on yeast cells of the AIDS-associated pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans.   As a scientist who studies fungal pathogens in the Kronstad lab, PhD candidate Linda Horianopoulos admits that fungal pathogen research is often underappreciated. To combat this, she shares that the most important thing for people to know is that fungal pathogens are out there. “At any given time, it’s estimated that a quarter of the world’s population has a fungal infection.” “The other thing I think... Read More

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