BMB-GSA | Department of Biochemistry

The UBC Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student Association (BMB-GSA) represents the voice of graduate students in the Biochemistry Department at UBC. Our main goal is to foster a strong sense of community among graduate students in our department in order to establish an engaging learning and working environment. To this end, we organize a number of social, recreational and academic events all through the year.

All BMB graduate students are encouraged to attend the BMB-GSA monthly meetings. These meetings are designed to plan, delegate and organize the work for upcoming events. If you would like to participate and become more involved with the BMB-GSA or would like more information about upcoming events please contact any members of the committee via e-mail or through the BMB-GSA Facebook page.



Current Executive Members:

President: Nicolas Pereyra (Devine Lab)
Vice-president: Teesha Luehr (Foster Lab)
Secretary: Nisha Johal (Parker Lab)
Treasurer: Calem Kenward (Strynadka Lab)
Communications Director: Nisha Johal (Parker Lab)
Academic Coordinators: Helena Sverak (Strynadka Labs) and Al Rohet Hossain (Greenblatt Lab)
Social Coordinators: Alek Lazarski (Strynadka Lab) and Lucy Chi (Foster Lab)
Wellbeing Coordinator: Wesley Mosimann (Strynadka Lab)

Upcoming Events


BMB Symposium Schedule for 2020-2021  – Virtual Events

This year’s BMB symposiums will be hosted virtually on Zoom and will have a larger focus on poster sessions. We are inviting all labs in the BMB department to participate, and we have grouped our symposiums and projected symposium dates as listed below:

Theme: Protein biochemistry and enzymology – November 27th, 2020

  • Brumer, Duong, Eltis, Gsponer, Kastrup, Kim, Mayor, McIntosh, Molday, van Petegem, Tokuriki

Theme: Cancer and applied therapeutics – Mid January 2021

  • Cullis, Dedhar, Devine, Hieter, Ling, Mui, Parker, Subramaniam, Withers

Theme: Genetics, transcription and translation – Early March 2021

  • Ciernia, Howe, Jan, Kobor, Measday, Teves, Yip

Theme: Pathogens, disease, and the immune system – Late April 2021

  • Bromme, Foster, Finlay, Overall, Nislow, Sadowski, Strynadka

Our first symposium is scheduled for Friday, November 27, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 pm and the theme of this symposium is Protein Biochemistry and Enzymology. Additional details, including links to attend, will be provided at a later date. Everyone (professors, post docs, grad students, and honours/directed study students) is encouraged to join this symposium and learn more about the exciting research happening in the department! Thank you for your support.

Past Events


BMB Paintball: August 7th, 2014