Dr. Davide Pellacani is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Connie Eaves at the Terry Fox Research Institute. Approaching the end of his postdoc, Dr. Pellacani’s research has evolved throughout his career to include the merging of stem cell biology, epigenetics, bioinformatics, and cancer research. We sat down with Dr. Pellacani to discuss some of his current projects…
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Alison McAfee is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Leonard Foster at the University of British Columbia. Not satisfied with investigating the molecular nature of bacteria, yeast, or mammalian cells, Alison is attempting to deduce the molecular mechanism behind a type of social immunity in honey bees. We sat down with Alison to discuss her work, and…
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Dr. Julienne Jagdeo is a recent graduate and current postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Jan at the University of British Columbia. Her research is focused on the identification of novel viral protease cleavage substrates during picornavirus infection. We sat down with Dr. Jagdeo to discuss her project, and its implications for future viral therapies. Why are you…
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An avid science enthusiast, Austin Wang began working in the laboratories of Dr. William Mohn, Dr. Susan Baldwin, and Dr. Steven Hallam at the University of British Columbia while still a student at David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver. In 2016, Austin traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, taking home the grand prize…
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Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa is the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Genome BC and former CSO of Genome Quebec. Formally trained as both a medical physician and scientific researcher, her background in biotech, pharmacy, and corporate America allowed her to travel the world while preparing her for her current position. We sat down with Dr. Lopez-Correa to discuss her journey from…
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Dr. David Vocadlo is a Canada Research Chair and professor in the Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University. In addition to his work at the university, Dr. Vocadlo is also the CSO of Alectos Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company he co-founded based on an idea inspired by his academic research. We sat down with Dr. Vocadlo to discuss his journey…
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Andrea Globa is a neuroscience PhD candidate studying under the supervision of Shernaz Bamji at the University of British Columbia. Her recent first author publication on cocaine addiction in mice published in Nature Neuroscience garnered much attention, including interviews with numerous international news outlets.  We sat down with Andrea to discuss her research and what it means for future of…
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Dr. Lynne Quarmby is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. In addition to her roles as researcher and teacher, Dr Quarmby is an environmental activist concerned with the lack of evidence-based decision making, which led to her running in the 2015 federal election. We sat down with Dr. Quarmby to discuss how…
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Scientist in the Spotlight: Benjamin Martin

Ben Martin is a PhD candidate in The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia. In addition to his time spent working under the supervision of Dr. LeAnn Howe, Ben also spent the majority of his graduate studies training as part of the Canadian men’s field hockey team. This has included his participation in the…
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