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Friday, October 16, 2020

Morgan Alford, a PhD student in the Hancock Lab, has received an award of excellence (Gold category) in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) National Research Poster Presentation. Her research poster “Nitrogen metabolism intersects virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa” showed the involvement of the general nitrogen regulator NtrBC in pathogenic and adaptive states of P. aeruginosa (bacteria that often cause infections in humans such as in the blood, lungs [pneumonia], or other parts of the body after surgery). Briefly, NtrBC has a role in... Read More

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) from September 21-25 aims to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to research and discovery. Postdocs in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are an essential part of our research that we like to celebrate every week. As we navigate this year’s new way of learning and researching, we know that the hard work of our postdocs will help get us to where we need to be. To celebrate the importance of their research, we spoke with three M&I Postdoctoral Fellows: Tomas Richardson-Sanchez,... Read More

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

LSI’s Carolina Tropini, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the School of Biomedical Engineering, has been named as the winner of this year’s Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award in the field of Engineering. The award provides US$50,000 a year over a three-year period to outstanding female academic leaders working in science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing and design. Dr. Tropini is the first Canadian to be honoured with this award. Since the launch of the global WiSTEM2D initiative in 2017, only three... Read More

Thursday, June 25, 2020

  Viruses have helped to sculpture life and the world we live on.   By 2019 Wall Scholar Curtis Suttle, a Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada at the University of British Columbia, where he shares an office with billions of viruses.   The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is just the latest in what seems to be a never-ending war against the spread of viral diseases; Measles, Influenza, HIV, Ebola, Zika, SARS. It is estimated that the Spanish flu killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide, and that smallpox killed more than 20 million people... Read More

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Fourth-year student Farhang Ahadzadeh is graduating this year (May, 2020) with his BSc in Microbiology and Immunology. When asked how he was going to celebrate, he shared that no matter how it’s done – it’s something he and his parents are both really looking forward to. “Back in my home country, because of my religion, Baha’i faith, I was banned from attending university and obtaining higher education,” he shares. “Now that I’m graduating, it reminds me of all the sacrifices my parents did for me, all the hardships that I have gone... Read More