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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

We extend our congratulations to 2021 Zymeworks Fellowship in Immunotherapeutics recipients Ashina Nagra and Cindy Shaheen, both PhD candidates at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Created partly in recognition of the Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Smith, this is the most prestigious internal award offered to graduate students of UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Michael Smith Laboratories. With the generous support of Zymeworks Inc., we are pleased to announce the awarding of two $20,000 fellowships, which directly support thesis research... Read More

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Virginie Jean-Baptiste, a PhD student in the Horwitz lab (Department of Microbiology and Immunology), is the first ever recipient of the Julia Levy Fellowship award. The award is named after Dr. Julia Levy, the first woman faculty member in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, who had an exceptional career and made important contributions to training the next generation of scientists.   With her passion always focused on science and discovery, Dr. Levy made inspiring contributions to the Canadian biotech industry – founding one of UBC and British Columbia... Read More

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Antonio Serapio-Palacios Finlay Lab  What is your main research focus? (If you have multiple, please describe!)  My main research focus is understanding the molecular mechanism of how enteric pathogens outcompete the microbial community living within the gut to establish infection. More specifically, I work with the type VI secretion system (T6SS), a powerful anti-microbial weapon that acts as a crossbow to deliver toxins into target cells. I am also interested in understanding how pathogenic E. coli reprogram cell host processes by injecting a complex... Read More

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Sarah Grasedieck Martin Hirst Epigenomics Lab  What is your main research focus?  Vitamin C is a cost effective and easily available molecule which is known to positively effect normal blood functions and has shown promise in supporting anti-cancer therapy. The main research questions I am currently pursuing in the Hirst lab are whether a prolonged vitamin C nutritional deficiency promotes the development of leukemia and what determines the cellular response to high dose vitamin C treatment, which ranges from immediate cell death to only slightly impaired cell division in... Read More

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Bhavjinder (Bhav) Kaur Dhillon Bob Hancock lab What is your main research focus? My research focus is primarily centered around Bioinformatics and Systems Biology approaches to understand infectious disease pathogens and the host immune response. This includes using "omics" technologies to unravel the human immune response to vaccination during the first week of life. I'm also interested in better understanding the immune response to various vaccines versus naturally-acquired infections through a manual curation of published immune signatures and... Read More

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