The Lockwood lab is focused on studying the biological basis of lung cancer initiation, progression and response to therapy. We utilize different approaches to address this, from sequencing patient tumours to performing functional screens in cell lines and genetically engineered mouse model systems.
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A new study co-authored by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Vancouver-based biotechnology firm Acuitas Therapeutics shows early promise for an mRNA vaccine targeting all known flu strains. The study provides data from pre-clinical trials and shows that the vaccine produces high levels of antibodies against all known strains of the flu, which may allow for a universal flu…
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Earlier this month, researchers attending Canada’s major annual science policy conference here got some seemingly good news when science minister François-Philippe Champagne announced the government would be awarding CA$1 billion to research projects. But disappointment soon set in. The $1 billion, scientists realized, was existing, not new, money. The episode added to researchers’ gloom about Canada’s science funding.
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When biomedical engineers talk about their field, one of the first things they describe is often how it brings out so many diverse perspectives. In particular, the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) is the first inter-faculty school at the University of British Columbia, acting as a hub between experts from many fields. But amidst all of the fascinating collaborations, something entirely…
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Five Canadian cancer research teams will share $22.4 million to expand their research into key areas of cancer treatment after winning the 2022 Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant (PPG) competition. Notably, three of the program project leaders are women and funding from two partner organizations is supporting two projects. Three teams are based in BC and are led…
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Engineering plant microbiomes has the potential to improve plant health in a rapid and sustainable way. Rapidly changing climates and relatively long timelines for plant breeding make microbiome engineering an appealing approach to improving food security. However, approaches that have shown promise in the lab have not resulted in wide-scale implementation in the field. Here, we suggest the use of…
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The Zandstra lab is focused on two main questions … understanding how organized tissue emerge from pluripotent stem cells and, focused on the emergence of the hematopoietic – or blood-forming – system, generating functional progenitor and mature cells, especially lymphoid cells from pluripotent stem cells.
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One of the principles of science is replicability – for a discovery to be considered valid, other researchers must be able to redo the experiment and end up with the exact same results. In a move to improve research method storage and sharing, Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) has announced that they are partnering with protocols.io to provide premium access…
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2022 Poster Competition Winners Announced

NMIN is proud to acknowledge the NMIN trainees who won top prizes at the Poster Competition of NMIN’s 2022 Scientific Meeting. Winners: Postdoctoral level 1st place: Nashmia Zia (University of Toronto): In-vivo study of self-assembled glycol chitosan nano-radiopharmaceutical for liver imaging 2nd place: Daniel Berard (University of British Columbia): Single-Molecule Microscopy Platform for Quantifying hybridization kinetics and enzyme cleavage efficiency
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