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Building Resilience in Graduate School

Building Resilience in Graduate School

When I started graduate school at UBC in 2012, I thought I was prepared. I had excellent marks, publications from research done as an undergraduate student, and even an NSERC award.

Graduate Award Program – Brought to You by the CBR

Graduate Award Program – Brought to You by the CBR

One of the goals of the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) revolves around education. The CBR actively promotes and fosters the young blood that will enter the highly multi-disciplinary field that is blood research.

The Box

The Box

At the Centre for Blood Research, my research typically embraces out-of-the-box thinking, addressing biological problems from an open-minded standpoint to gain novel insights. However, recently, I was forced to focus on what’s inside the box, namely the Canadian Blood Services box for transporting human blood products.

Lipid carrier synthesis and recycling. (i) Structure of UppP (green) in complex with structural lipid and substrate mimic, monoolein (pink) (E. coli, 6CB2). (ii) Proposed reaction mechanism for UppP mediated dephosphorylation of C55PP. (iii) Schematic representation of proposed UppP phosphatase-couple lipid flippase activity. (iv) Twofold symmetry axis of the UppP dimer (black) and twofold pseudosymmetry axes of each monomer (grey).

Paradigm Shifts in Cell Wall Biogenesis Understanding

Antibiotic resistance has become a major issue in recent years, and is believed to be directly linked to the livestock industry which accounts for ~80% of antibiotic use in North America. Frighteningly, this is expected to rise by nearly 70% globally by 2030.

Gene-trap Mutagenesis Identifies a Crucial Role for a Cryptic Member of the ABC Superfamily

Gene-trap Mutagenesis Identifies a Crucial Role for a Cryptic Member of the ABC Superfamily

The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) super-family of proteins is one of the largest families of proteins to have representatives in all living organisms from prokaryotes to humans.

CBR Research Day 2018: In Review

CBR Research Day 2018: In Review

On Thursday, August 16, the Centre for Blood Research hosted their annual Research Day, an afternoon event recognizing the achievements of those involved in the CBR Summer Studentship Program. The program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to undertake a basic or clinic research project by partnering with CBR researchers.

Rhys Watson enjoying the outdoors

Profile: Rhys Watson

Rhys participated in the CBR Job Shadow Program back in February 2017, working closely with Bryan Lin and Frank Lee, PhD candidates from the Pryzdial lab. Read on to find out more about Rhys, his learning experience at CBR, and his advice in engaging with people living with Hemophilia A.

2018 Neil Mackenzie Mentorship Excellence Award

2018 Neil Mackenzie Mentorship Excellence Award

The Neil Mackenzie Mentorship Award is given annually to honour the memory of Dr. Neil Mackenzie, a postdoctoral fellow formerly in Dr. Dieter Bromme’s lab. Dr. Neil Mackenzie was an excellent mentor within the Centre for Blood Research (CBR)…

CBR Summer Students Visit NetCAD!

CBR Summer Students Visit NetCAD!

Did you know that only 4% of Canadians donate blood? With thousands of British Columbians needing blood every day, units for transfusions cannot simply be taken off the shelf for research…

ECOSCOPE: Engaging the Next Generation of Academic Entrepreneurs

ECOSCOPE: Engaging the Next Generation of Academic Entrepreneurs

If you are like me, exploring a world outside of academia, namely, a career in the biotechnology industry, is very appealing. ECOSCOPE is UBC’s first training program that tries to bridge the gap between research, training, and innovation within the start-up space by promoting opportunities for grad students to work with founders on R&D projects.