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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Bhavjinder (Bhav) Kaur Dhillon Bob Hancock lab What is your main research focus? My research focus is primarily centered around Bioinformatics and Systems Biology approaches to understand infectious disease pathogens and the host immune response. This includes using "omics" technologies to unravel the human immune response to vaccination during the first week of life. I'm also interested in better understanding the immune response to various vaccines versus naturally-acquired infections through a manual curation of published immune signatures and... Read More

Friday, September 10, 2021

Sepsis is a global health crisis that affects 47 to 50 million people every year. At least 11 million of those people die – one death every 2.8 seconds. The UBC Action on Sepsis research cluster – a transdisciplinary group tackling the complex issue of sepsis prevention, diagnosis, and management across the human lifespan – works to further sepsis research and reduce the burden of sepsis through three main themes:  Building Health Literacy to Enhance Prevention  Advancing Precision Medicine for Sepsis  Understanding... Read More

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Assistant Professor Dr. Carolina Tropini (Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Engineering) is excited to share the Tropini lab’s vision for the future of microbiome research. In the recent manuscript for mSystems - “How the physical environment shapes the microbiota” – the Tropini lab’s research highlights the importance of measuring physical parameters for the prediction of microbial dynamics and microbiota therapies. Living systems, from micro- to macro-scales, are strongly impacted by physical factors such as... Read More

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  Thomas Deckers (Engineering Physics) and Eric Liu (Physics and Astronomy) are current Co-op students in the Tokuyama lab researching Endogenous retrovirus signatures in COVID-19. An equally collaborative process between the two, Deckers and Liu presented their research at the Canadian Society for Virology virtual symposium. With over 100 attendees from all over Canada and 24 3-Minute-Thesis presentations, they received an award for second place! “8 to 10 percent of our DNA is made up of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) that have become fixed in our genomes... Read More

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Our newest lecturer, Evelyn Sun, first joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology as an undergraduate student in the Biotech program. From there, she stayed in the department for her entire educational life! From undergraduate student to a graduate student in the Hancock lab to a post-doctoral research fellow in the department, she is now what the Hancock lab calls an SOB: Survivor of Bob. The Hancock lab’s research touches on multiple themes to address the growing antibiotic resistance problem: 1) the development of novel broad-spectrum therapeutic strategies... Read More