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Monday, May 17, 2021

A new anti-viral drug could improve COVID-19 outcomes and survival rates — and is highly effective against multiple variants — according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Université de Sherbrooke. The drug, called N-0385, blocks the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells through its favoured cell gateways. The results of the study are under review for publication in a scientific journal and have been uploaded as a preprint. “In this study, we report a novel and highly potent small-molecule drug called N-... Read More

Monday, May 10, 2021

Dr. Yi Song, a postdoc in the Haney lab at UBC, is interested in how plants recruit beneficial microbes to protect them from both pathogens and environmental stress. ​ If you sense a pathogen, can you recruit beneficial bacteria to help protect against those pathogens? It turns out, plants can. The Haney Lab, a research lab in the UBC Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has published a paper in Nature Plants with trainee support from the Michael Smith Laboratories called “FERONIA restricts Pseudomonas in the rhizosphere microbiome... Read More

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dr. Maria Tokuyama, the newest faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC, officially opened the research doors of Tokuyama lab in March 2021. With a core research focus on viral immunology, the lab’s ultimate goal is to identify novel endogenous viral factors that influence immunity and underlie differences in disease outcomes. The lab hopes to contribute towards development of immune modulators to treat infections and chronic inflammatory diseases. “I was always motivated by discovering something new about viruses and their... Read More

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  “Tuberculosis? That still exists?”  This isn’t the first response one would expect to hear when dedicating their career to finding its cure, but researchers of tuberculosis want you to know that yes, it does still exist. And it kills more than one million people per year. As one of the oldest diseases, there is hope that one day there will be a time where it does no longer exist. But as the infectious disease that has killed more than any other in history and still provides a repertoire of unanswered questions, it feels right now that time is... Read More

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Microbiology & Immunology First-Generation University Student Mentorship Program was established in 2020 by Dr. Michael Gold to support the career and personal development goals of undergraduates and graduate students who are the first in their family to attend university. Having been a first-generation university student himself, Dr. Gold shares that teaching, training, and mentoring students is one of the great pleasures of being a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology – where he joined in 1993 and served as Department Head from 2009-... Read More