Wednesday, January 29, 2020

On Jan 17, 2020 we celebrated the official opening of the Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Laboratories! Formally known as UBC’s Biological Sciences Centre, this renovated and expanded space brings together all of the undergraduate programs in life and biological sciences at the Vancouver campus into one complex - including Botany, Zoology, Physiological Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and of course the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The new renovations feature study spaces for students on every floor of the building, modern teaching... Read More

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Congratulations to MBIM HON student Laurel Neufeld, who is officially a Top 10 finalist for the Undergraduate 3 Minute Thesis Competition! Currently doing her MICB 449 project in the Finlay Lab, Laurel’s first draft of the 3 Minute Thesis, which qualified her for finals, is on “Modeling E.coli infections in the gut.”   This new competition funded by the PURE award will present finalists on Saturday February 15 in ESB 1012 from 11 AM – Noon. Make sure to show up and cheer Laurel on as she shares her final presentation:... Read More

Thursday, January 16, 2020

A new paper in Science by B. Brett Finlay and a team of CIFAR fellows in the Humans & the Microbiome program proposes that “non-communicable” diseases may be transmitted between people through the microbiome. “Non-communicable diseases” including heart disease, cancer, and lung disease are now the most common causes of death, accounting for 70 percent of deaths worldwide. These diseases are considered “non-communicable” because they are thought to be caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors and can... Read More

Monday, January 13, 2020

  Meet Connor Keane – a third-year undergraduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. From South Surrey, BC, Keane comes from a mixed background of Irish and Mi’kmaq First Nations, in which he confidently connects to his roots. Whether it’s conducting research in the Gold Lab, winning a Canadian Service Corps Grant for a nonprofit organization he co-founded with a friend, or hosting a workshop with Indigenous Astronaut Dr. John Herrington – Keane has made the best of his time at UBC by pursuing his passions in every way he can... Read More

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Prof. Wilfred Jefferies – a researcher, immunologist and professor in Microbiology & Immunology as well as Medical Genetics and the Biomedical Research Centre – has been elected as a Fellow for the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI is a US non-profit organization dedicated to encourage inventors in academia and is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to eminent academic inventors.  The NAI Fellows Program elects academic scholars and inventors in any discipline who have demonstrated exceptional innovation in creating or... Read More