Three years into a medical degree in the UK, Annika Schulz came to UBC to complete an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology in the Jean Lab. Drawn to this path by an interest in virology, she entered the Bioimaging North America Imaging Contest after being initiated to confocal microscopy. A fast learner with a flair for telling detail, Schulz took…
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Killam Doctoral Scholarship Recipients Announced

Twenty-six UBC doctoral candidates have received a Killam Doctoral Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year. The recipients received their awards at a ceremony held in late October. These awards are available to students in all disciplines, across both campuses. This year’s winners represent nearly every faculty and discipline, researching topics from fire management to food systems. The Killam Doctoral Scholarships…
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Each year, Michael Smith Health Research BC (MSHR BC) selects a handful of researchers for their Scholar Program. The Scholar Program is designed to support early career researchers as they establish independent research careers, form their own research teams, and develop research programs that advance cutting-edge health solutions. MSHR BC is pleased to name 26 exceptional BC-based health researchers as their 2022…
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Dr. Annie Ciernia is among 20 neuroscientists in Canada who have been awarded $100,000 each in research funding, as part of Brain Canada’s 2021 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program. “I am honoured to be among the recipients of Brain Canada’s Future Leaders program,” says Dr. Ciernia, a DMCBH member and Assistant Professor in UBC’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “It…
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Professor Christopher M. Overall was awarded the 2022 Helmut Holzer Award, an honour recognizing outstanding contributions to advancement of the field of proteolysis. The Award, sponsored by The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was presented September 18 at the opening plenary lecture of the September 19 – 22, 2022 Federation of European Biochemical Societies conference “Proteolysis at the…
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Meet the incoming CBR Graduate Award Program (GAP) Cohort for 2022-23! Over the next year, these students will take part in exciting professional development activities alongside their research. Learn more about them and their research below: Ahmed Kabil is a PhD research student at Dr. Kelly McNagny’s lab. His research involves developing several genetic mouse models that allows us to…
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Former LSI Director Dr. Pieter Cullis was celebrated along with six other new laureates at the Gairdner Award Gala the night of October 27. A spectacular evening dedicated to the scientific excellence and the work of outstanding researchers, the gala was a combined, in-person event honouring 2021 and 2022 laureates including Dr. Cullis, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Dr. Deborah J. Cook,…
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MATRIX-N Cluster Welcomes Six Junior Scholars for 2022/23

The newly established UBC MATRIX-N (Multidisciplinary Alliance for Translational Research and Innovation in Neuropsychiatry) research excellence cluster recently launched its Junior Scholars program. In line with the cluster’s strong commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and to attracting and fostering outstanding talents, these paid positions were specifically targeted to applicants from equity-seeking groups.
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Two outstanding graduate students, Anne-Sophie Sack and Jacob Wardman, have been selected as the 2021 William and Dorothy Gilbert scholarship recipients. This scholarship, established in 1995 in honour of William and Dorothy Gilbert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of doctoral students working in the Michael Smith Laboratories.  
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