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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

Monday, October 24, 2022

Maria Tokuyama, Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is a recent recipient of a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar Award. A competition for both scholars and research trainees, the scholar program supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists, and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field. The MSFHR award is a salary award that will provide funds once a year over the span of five years, which... Read More

Thursday, October 13, 2022

On October 6, 2022, the UBC-BCIT Biotechnology program celebrated its 20+ year anniversary in the Life Sciences Institute at UBC. Originally developed in 2001 by UBC predecessor Dr. Bill Ramey, and his BCIT counterpart Dr. Paul Barren, the BIOT specialization of the UBC MBIM undergraduate program represents a highly successful model of inter-institutional educational collaboration. A group of about 135 guests gathered in the LSI West Atrium to reconnect, expand their network, and celebrate the success of this unique program. With catering from the UBC Nest, speeches from program... Read More

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Does breastmilk contribute to the infant gut microbiome? The microbiome is a complex community of microorganisms – the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in and on our body. And often, one of the most significant early exposures to our body’s own microbial community is through breastmilk and our gut. Recent data has suggested that the development of the early infant gut microbiome may be influenced by factors such as mode of delivery, early antibiotic exposure, and feeding patterns. This research is also the focus of Zahra Pakzad’s PhD, which recently... Read More