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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

Friday, October 23, 2020

Parvin Bolourani, the Outreach, Alumni Engagement, Postdoctoral Fellows & Project Coordinator in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was recently awarded a President’s Staff Award for Enhancing UBC Experience! “Parvin brings passion and dedication to the many roles she serves in the department and UBC” shares Department Head, Dr. Michael Murphy. “Among the more visible is Parvin’s excellence in coordinating our seminar series, symposiums, and the many other events that bring us together.  More behind the scenes, Parvin brings the same... Read More

Friday, October 16, 2020

Morgan Alford, a PhD student in the Hancock Lab, has received an award of excellence (Gold category) in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) National Research Poster Presentation. Her research poster “Nitrogen metabolism intersects virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa” showed the involvement of the general nitrogen regulator NtrBC in pathogenic and adaptive states of P. aeruginosa (bacteria that often cause infections in humans such as in the blood, lungs [pneumonia], or other parts of the body after surgery). Briefly, NtrBC has a role in... Read More