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Monday, July 26, 2021

HOW A VACCINE IS MADE FACTS  The COVID-19 vaccine was created in under a year. Despite this, NO safety shortcuts were taken. There is no live COVID-19 virus in the vaccine so you will not get COVID from getting vaccinated.    3 COMPONENTS OF A VACCINE FORMULATION  1. The antigen – Picking one or more components of the disease-causing organism that you want to mount an immune response to 2. The adjuvant – Generates signals that will fully trigger the immune response to those antigens... Read More

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

César de la Fuente, a Ph.D. graduate (2014) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2015) from the Hancock lab, has been awarded the 2021 CSM Thermo Fisher Scientific Award, which recognizes new researchers in the microbiological sciences! “It is an honor, particularly given the caliber of individuals that have been previously recognized. I am truly humbled,” says de la Fuente. “This recognition means a lot to me, particularly in a year that has been dominated by a microbe, emphasizing the importance of microbiology research to improve our world.... Read More

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  By Dr. Moritz Koch, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hallam Lab     Climate change represents potentially the biggest environmental threat to human kind since our existence. Still, our chemical industry relies mostly on the usage of fossil resources for the production of various products, such as plastics, chemicals, or fuels. In my work with microalgae, we describe an alternative process that sequesters CO2 from the atmosphere and allows a carbon-neutral production of all these products. This could allow us to transform our industry: away from... Read More

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

“It feels awesome to start a new project in a new place with this kind of momentum. It’s a really special kind of welcome and motivation,” shares Jen Nguyen, a postdoc who joined Carolina Tropini’s lab in January 2021. Nguyen recently received the Killam Award Fellowship for her postdoctoral research and is very excited about her placement in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. “I'm indebted to mentors who have believed in and advocated for me, and in doing so, taught me how to do that for myself. Carolina also has ... Read More

Monday, May 17, 2021

A new anti-viral drug could improve COVID-19 outcomes and survival rates — and is highly effective against multiple variants — according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Université de Sherbrooke. The drug, called N-0385, blocks the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells through its favoured cell gateways. The results of the study are under review for publication in a scientific journal and have been uploaded as a preprint. “In this study, we report a novel and highly potent small-molecule drug called N-... Read More