Thursday, June 25, 2020

Originally published on Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Viruses have helped to sculpture life and the world we live on. By 2019 Wall Scholar Curtis Suttle, a Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada at the University of British Columbia, where he shares an office with billions of viruses. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is just the latest in what seems to be a never-ending war against the spread of viral diseases; Measles, Influenza, HIV, Ebola, Zika, SARS. It is estimated that the Spanish flu killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide, and that... Read More

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Fourth-year student Farhang Ahadzadeh is graduating this year (May, 2020) with his BSc in Microbiology and Immunology. When asked how he was going to celebrate, he shared that no matter how it’s done – it’s something he and his parents are both really looking forward to. “Back in my home country, because of my religion, Baha’i faith, I was banned from attending university and obtaining higher education,” he shares. “Now that I’m graduating, it reminds me of all the sacrifices my parents did for me, all the hardships that I have gone... Read More

Friday, April 3, 2020

  Students make significant contribution toward getting their degree and we recognize how challenging this time must be. During these unexpected changes, money can be especially hard to balance with everything else going on.   The Government of British Columbia and UBC are providing various forms of financial support for students in need.    Province of BC     Starting March 30, 2020 – BC student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months (until September 2020).    The Province of British Columbia ... Read More

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Change can be an uncomfortable experience – especially when it's completely out of our control. And with everything going on right now, the world can seem like an overwhelming and scary place. But it’s because of scientists and researchers (like yourself) that hope for a brighter future can exist in times of uncertainty – as well as the hardworking health care workers, first responders, people in essential services, food delivery services and grocery store employees to name a few!    We hope you are all safe and know that you are not alone. There's a... Read More

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

There are some things in life that often seem impossible while in the midst of doing it all: teaching a complicated subject, finding the right career that supports your research goals, and balancing your life, career and family.    But Elitza Tocheva shares that no matter where you end up in your career, you never stop learning. That as a scientist, there’s always places to go and change throughout your career. And for every journey to get somewhere, there are many more destinations to choose from.   For right now, Tocheva feels fortunate to be a... Read More