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CBR Career Night: Insight into Science Careers Outside the Lab

CBR Career Night: Insight into Science Careers Outside the Lab

The trainee-organized CBR Career Night on Thursday, February 15 brought together professionals with rewarding careers away from the bench with students eager to learn from their experiences. The CBR has recognized a growing interest by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in career paths outside of academia.

Figure 1: Gene editing without double stranded breaks. Base editing system using a Cas9-cytidine deaminase fusion protein mediates guide-RNA directed C  U conversion in the target genomic sequence (from AC Komor et al. Nature. 2016, 533, 420 doi:10.1038/nature17946)

Permanence and Promise in Germline Engineering

As research in germline editing reaches new and exciting frontiers, society is prompted to decide how science can act synergistically with policy to evaluate ethical implications and advance our knowledge of genetic engineering. The following article is part one of a two part series on the science and ethics of germline engineering.

CBR Step Challenge!

CBR Step Challenge!

The CBR Health & Wellness Committee launched a 4-week personal health challenge: the CBR Step Challenge. CBR members were invited to track the steps they took on a daily basis using a step-tracking app. The goal was to average 12,000 steps per day over the course of 4-weeks. This is no easy feat, as 12,000 steps equates to about 9 kilometers!

Meet the Researcher: Mark Scott

Meet the Researcher: Mark Scott

From the Canadian Blood Services RED blog series, “Meet the Researcher,” Fennie Easton van der Graaf, an undergraduate researcher at the University of British Columbia, chatted with Dr. Mark Scott, Canadian Blood Services’ senior scientist and a pioneer in immunocamouflage of cells to prevent their detection by the immune system.

Notes from Conway’s Chair – March 2018

Notes from Conway’s Chair – March 2018

CBR research teams have been flourishing in the lab and the clinic. This is measured not only by the number and value of prestigious grants and awards received by our senior investigators and their trainees, but by the number and quality of the clinically relevant scientific advances that they have made.

Hancock Lab Demonstrates the Role of a Bacterial Starvation Response in Wound Infections

Hancock Lab Demonstrates the Role of a Bacterial Starvation Response in Wound Infections

When bacteria are starved or stressed, they can become resistant to antibiotics. In Frontiers in Microbiology, members of the Hancock lab explored the importance of a specific stress response and its mechanism in infection.

Interview with Dr. Ross MacGillivray, CBR Founding Director

Interview with Dr. Ross MacGillivray, CBR Founding Director

Recently, Dr. Ross MacGillivray, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and one of the founding members of the CBR, retired after almost 37 years of work and dedication. We interviewed him about his experience and asked him about his retirement plans.

Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu Receives Faculty Research Award

Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu Receives Faculty Research Award

Dr. Jay Kizhakkedathu has recently been awarded the 2017 UBC Killam Research Prize, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions to a variety of fields. Dr. Kizhakkedathu will receive this honour at an awards reception, held on April 17, 2018 in the Chan Centre at UBC.

Innate Defence Regulator Peptides: An Anti-Inflammatory Therapy?

Innate Defence Regulator Peptides: An Anti-Inflammatory Therapy?

Inflammation is an important component of our body’s defence system, but excessive or inappropriate inflammation is the main cause behind many human diseases. In a recent publication, Bing Catherine Wu and Amy Lee of the Hancock Lab identify a new potential anti-inflammatory therapy: Innate Defence Regulator (IDR) peptides.

Dr. Natalie Strynadka Chosen as 2018 Biophysical Society of Canada Fellow

Dr. Natalie Strynadka Chosen as 2018 Biophysical Society of Canada Fellow

Dr. Strynadka recently received the honour of being chosen as the 2018 Fellow of the Biophysical Society of Canada (BSC). She will receive this award at the 4th Annual Biophysical Society meeting, held on May 22-25, 2018 in Vancouver, BC.