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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Dean of Science Excellence in Service Awards recognize staff, students, and faculty in the UBC Faculty of Science whose service contributions have had a significant positive impact in achieving UBC Science’s mission. A maximum of 6 staff (including one PDF or RA) and 2 faculty awards of $2,000 each, and 2 student awards of $1,000 each were awarded. This year’s award recipients included two from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology: Michelle Moksa, a Lab Manager in the Martin Hirst lab (Michael Smith Laboratories) and Andrew Sharon, a PhD... Read More

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Carolina Tropini, a member of CIFAR’s Humans & the Microbiome program, has been named the inaugural Alan Bernstein Fellow in honour of CIFAR’s President Emeritus. With this appointment, CIFAR celebrates Bernstein’s decade of leadership and his long-standing commitment to fostering the next generation of early career researchers. Close to 100 members of the CIFAR community supported the initiative, raising $1 million. The honour has been bestowed on Tropini, a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar who is now a Fellow in one of CIFAR’s research... Read More

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Image: Co-first author Dr. Jimena Pérez-Vargas working in the Jean lab. Photo credit: Paul Joseph UBC researchers have identified three compounds that prevent COVID-19 infection in human cells, derived from natural sources including a B.C. sea sponge. The discovery paves the way for the development of new medicines for COVID-19 variants made from natural sources. And given nature’s abundance, there could be a wealth of new antivirals waiting to be discovered. In a recent study, an international team of researchers led by UBC scientists investigated a... Read More

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

We are pleased to congratulate Stephanie Besoiu and Petya Popova, recipients of the 2022 Zymeworks Fellowship in Immunotherapeutics. This award is offered to two graduate students each year, one from UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology (M&I) and one from the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL). Zymeworks Inc., a leading BC-based biotechnology company, has partnered with both M&I and MSL to fund these awards, providing single year fellowships of $20,000 each that support research focused on the discovery and development of biologic and immune-... Read More

Monday, October 31, 2022

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology prides ourselves on being a supportive, welcoming space to learn and work. We appreciate all of our diverse staff for the time they have dedicated to making our department the best it can be. Congratulations to these staff members for achieving work milestones.    May Dang-Lawson, 25 Years  Over her 25 years, May Dang-Lawson has made an immense contribution to research, training, and mentoring at UBC. Since 1997, May has kept the Gold and Matsuuchi labs running smoothly and has contributed to every research... Read More