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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dr. Maria Tokuyama, the newest faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC, officially opened the research doors of Tokuyama lab in March 2021. With a core research focus on viral immunology, the lab’s ultimate goal is to identify novel endogenous viral factors that influence immunity and underlie differences in disease outcomes. The lab hopes to contribute towards development of immune modulators to treat infections and chronic inflammatory diseases. “I was always motivated by discovering something new about viruses and their... Read More

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  “Tuberculosis? That still exists?”  This isn’t the first response one would expect to hear when dedicating their career to finding its cure, but researchers of tuberculosis want you to know that yes, it does still exist. And it kills more than one million people per year. As one of the oldest diseases, there is hope that one day there will be a time where it does no longer exist. But as the infectious disease that has killed more than any other in history and still provides a repertoire of unanswered questions, it feels right now that time is... Read More

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