June 11, 2021

Xinying Wang – Defended MSc Thesis

Congratulations Amy! On May 20th, 2021 Amy Wang successfully defended her thesis, “Exploring the evolution of a viral internal ribosome entry site”. Amy have been a trainee in Dr. Eric Jan’s Lab. Read More

May 11, 2021

Covid-19 vaccines have triggered the next wave of pharmaceuticals – Dr. Pieter Cullis

Quartz Magazine’s Katherine Ellen Foley has interviewed Dr. Pieter Cullis in a wide-ranging story exploring the dawning age of genetic medicine. “Covid-19 vaccines are the start of a new wave of genetic medicine—drugs that tweak DNA to keep us healthy,” begins Foley’s piece, which asserts, “chances are, you’ve never heard of Pieter Cullis. But if […] Read More

May 4, 2021

Congratulations to Rachel Price on winning a Dragon’s Den Award

Rachel Price is a recipient of  BCREGMED‘s Dragon’s Den Award. Rachel is a PhD candidate in the Teves Lab at UBC. In the lab, she studies the action of transcription factors during mitosis in mouse embryonic stem cells to investigate the mechanisms of stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Outside of the lab, she enjoys knitting, hiking, and baking sourdough. […] Read More

May 3, 2021

UBC researchers unveil first molecular images of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 mutation

UBC researchers are the first in the world to publish structural images of the N501Y mutation on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein—a change believed to be partly responsible for the highly infectious nature and rapid spread of variant B.1.1.7. Dr. Sriram Subramaniam The pictures, taken at near-atomic resolution, provide critical insight as to why the B.1.1.7 […] Read More

April 30, 2021

Rachel Jun – Defended MSc Thesis

Congratulations Rachel! On April 19, 2021 Hee Jin Rachel Jun successfully defended her thesis, “Exploring the role of mutations in the signal peptides of VIM-2, NDM-1, and IMP-1 in the development of advantageous phenotypes in Escherichia coli.” Rachel have been training in Dr. Nobuhiko Tokuriki’s Lab. Read More

April 27, 2021

UBC-grown biotech companies lead global pandemic efforts

Millions of Canadians have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but what many may not realize is that a key component of the injection was developed right here at UBC. Acuitas Therapeutics, a UBC spin-off company co-founded by Dr. Pieter Cullis, developed the lipid nanoparticle technology that allows the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine to enter human cells. […] Read More

April 14, 2021

Cloud computing support accelerates COVID-19 vaccine improvements

For the last 11 months, UBC biochemistry and molecular biology professor Leonard Foster and his team have been studying how SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for COVID-19 – attacks the human body, in hopes of developing a more targeted vaccine with fewer side effects.   Prof. Foster is confident that this technology will accelerate the […] Read More

April 13, 2021

UBC-led team captures first-ever X-ray images of critical SARS-COV-2 enzyme in action

For the first time, a team of researchers has captured X-ray images of a critical enzyme of the COVID-19 virus performing its function. This discovery could improve design of new treatments against the disease. The COVID-19 vaccines currently rolling out are providing hope that the spread of the disease can be halted. But infection rates […] Read More

March 30, 2021

UBC Today Research in focus: Dr. Annie Ciernia

Originally posted on:  UBC Today Name: Annie Ciernia Title: Assistant Professor Department/Unit: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine Location: Vancouver What year did you start working at UBC? 2019 Provide an overview of your research in 75 words or less: My research focuses on understanding how our genes and environment combine to shape our […] Read More

March 9, 2021

2020 – 2021 3MT Competition – Serena Chuang and Elaine Chen

Congratulations to 4th year Biochemistry students Elaine Chen and Serena Chuang for being selected as finalists to present their 3-minute thesis at the 2nd annual UBC Undergraduate 3MT competition which was held virtually February 27.  Further congratulations to Serena for being one of two winners selected by a Faculty judging panel. The title of Serena’s […] Read More