Postdoctoral Fellows


No Photo Jennifer Grants
Karsan Lab
No Photo Vijay Suresh Akharde
Karsan Lab

No Photo Bhav Dhillon
Hancock Lab
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Bio: Bioinformatics and database development for network-based analyses.
No Photo Grace Choi
Hancock Lab
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Ph.D. in Immunology, University of Manitoba, Canada
Bio: Using novel peptides as an adjunctive treatment against multi-drug antibiotic resistant organisms.
No Photo Hashem Etayash
Hancock Lab
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Ph.D. in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
Bio: Immunomodulatory Peptidomimetics.
No Photo Maren Smith
Hancock Lab
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Bio: Integrative omics analysis of pediatric vasculitis.
  Evan Haney
Hancock Lab
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Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Calgary, Canada

Bio: Many cationic peptides have been shown to exhibit antimicrobial, antibiofilm, antitumour and immunomodulatory activities. I am currently working on optimizing synthetic peptides for various applications and trying to understand what are the peptide sequence requirements that govern these biological activities.

Expertise: Synthetic peptides, biophysics, structural biology, high throughput screening.

No Photo Maria de Guadalupe Jaraquemada Peláez
Orvig Lab

Isabel M. Pablos Ocampo
Overall Lab
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Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Salzburg, Austria

Bio: I completed my Bachelor thesis in cancer research at the Center of Molecular Immunology, Cuba. I recently finished the PhD at the University of Salzburg, Austria. My PhD mainly focused on identification, physicochemical, and immunological characterization of clinically relevant weed pollen allergens. I moved to Vancouver to start as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Chris Overall. Here, I will be working on the project “Moonlighting Inflammatory Proteolytic Proteins”.

Expertise: Mammalian cell culture, mice tumor models, flow cytometry, recombinant protein expression and purification, protein analytics (CD, FTIR, western blot).

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Overall Lab
Nestor Solis
Overall Lab
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Ph.D. in Microbial Proteomics, University of Sydney, Australia

Bio: I employ N-terminomics to profile the proteolytic processing patterns of MMP12 and its effect in different pathological processes. Understanding the effects of protease webs and proteolytic processing can provide new avenues for drug design and treatments for pathologies, such as cancer and arthritis. For a full research profile and list of publications, please visit my ResearchGate or LinkedIn profile.

Expertise: mass spectrometry-based proteomic methodologies.

Peter Bell Peter Bell
Overall Lab
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Bio: I am interested in studying rare human variants to advance our understanding of fundamental biological processes and disease pathogenesis.Defective proteolysis is a mechanism that is common to a diverse range of diseases. I am therefore undergoing postdoctoral training in the lab of Prof. Chris Overall to learn ‘degradomics’ workflows, which allow the identification of protease substrates in an unbiased way. I am currently applying these methods to study the role of the only known human paracaspase (MALT1) in health and immunological disease.

Expertise: proteomics, mouse models, bioinformatics, cell models, imaging.

Yoan Machado
Overall Lab
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Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Salzburg, Austria

Bio: My research topics are GPS-TAILs and inflammatory proteolytic signatures in pathology. I am investigating the role of proteases in inflammatory diseases using positional quantitative proteomics.

Expertise: Protein Biochemistry, Analytical chemistry, Proteomics, Immunology.

No Photo Narges Hadjesfandiari
Devine Lab
zhong Zhongming Chen
Devine Lab
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Ph.D. in Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, China

Bio: With the support of CBS Postdoctoral Fellowship, I am working in Dr. Dana Devine’s lab at CBR aiming to improve platelet quality and safety in blood banking. My research focuses on the biochemical mechanism of platelet storage lesion and platelet deterioration following pathogen inactivation treatment during storage.

Expertise: Protein biochemistry (protein expression and purification techniques), molecular chemistry, cell biology.

No Photo Mona Khorshidfar
Devine Lab

PierreAndrault150 Pierre-Marie Andrault
Brömme Lab
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Ph.D. in Life Sciences/ Biochemistry, François Rabelais University of Tours, France

Bio: I completed my PhD in the group of Gilles Lalmanach, and I defended my thesis in December 2015. During my PhD I studied the regulation of the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 by human cysteine cathepsins during lung inflammatory diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and COPD. I joined Dieter Brömme’s Lab as a PDF, where I’ll be working on the involvement of elastolytic and collagenolytic human cysteine cathepsins K, S and V in the calcification of the extracellular matrix of blood vessel during atherosclerosis. I’ll also investigate the benefits of cathepsin K inhibitors in blood vessels calcification associated to osteoporosis.

Expertise: human cysteine cathepsins and their endogenous inhibitors, enzymology related to proteolysis, lung antimicrobial defenses and lung inflammatory diseases.

preety Preety Panwar
Brömme Lab
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Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Pantnagar, India

Bio: I have background in liposomes mediated drug delivery. As a postdoctoral fellow in Dieter Bromme Group, I am currently investigating the mechanism of cathepsin K mediated extracellular matrix degradation, and identification of specific anti-collagenase inhibitors of cathepsin K and their in vivo evaluation.

Expertise: molecular biology, drug delivery, electron microscopy, primary cell culture.

No Photo Deepak Purohit
Brömme Lab

Elena Groppa
Rossi Lab
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Ph.D. in Vascular Biology, the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland

Bio: I studied Biotechnology at the University of Padua, Italy. After receiving my master degree, I moved to Switzerland at the University Hospital of Basel where I did my PhD in vascular biology. In September 2014, I joined Rossi lab at UBC to focus my research in the crosstalk between vessels (endothelial cells and pericytes) and non-myogenic fibro/adipogenic mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells during the process of tissue regeneration.

Expertise: flow cytometry, histology, confocal microscopy, techniques of molecular biology, transgenic mouse models.

marine theret Marine Theret
Rossi Lab
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Ph.D. completed in France

Bio: I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the Fabio Rossi lab at the Biochemical Research Center since May 2015. I am interesting in tissue resident stem cell behaviour during skeletal muscle regeneration and in case of myopathies. I performed my PhD in France in the lab of Bénédicte Chazaud, working on the effect of metabolism on satellite cell fate.

Expertise: Skeletal muscle biology, Cell culture, mouse models, flow cytometry, metabolism, immunochemistry.

Marcela Low
Rossi Lab
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Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Concepción, Chile

Bio: I’ve been a Postdoctoral fellow at Fabio Rossi lab at the Biomedical Research Centre since November 2012. My research focuses on understanding the role of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) or fibro/adipogenic progenitors in tissue regeneration and fibrosis. Specifically, I’m interested in discovering new drugs, which may be able to target MSCs and counteract the fibrotic condition in skeletal muscles and other tissues.

Expertise: Cell culture, mouse models, flow cytometry, histology, RNAseq, drug screening.

No Photo Hesham Soliman
Rossi Lab

Jane Ru Choi Jane Ru Choi
Ma Lab
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Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Bio: I received my Bachelor degree (Hons) in Biomedical Science from The National University of Malaysia and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Malaya, Malaysia. I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at UBC MECH. My research interests include cell and molecular biology, analytical chemistry, biomaterials and nanomaterials, and the development of microfluidic technologies for environmental monitoring, food safety analysis and a wide range of biomedical applications.

Expertise: cell and molecular biology, stem cell technology, analytical chemistry, nanotechnology, biomaterials, microfluidics.

No Photo Emily Park
Ma Lab

No Photo Kalyan Golla
Kim Lab
No Photo Manoj Paul
Kim Lab

Srinivas Abbina
Kizhakkedathu Lab
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Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of North Dakota, USA

Bio: I moved to UBC as a postdoctoral fellow, working in Dr. Kizhakkedathu’s research group at CBR. Currently, I am working on the development of novel polymeric therapeutic approaches for the treatment of iron overload associated pathogenesis and cancer diseases.

Expertise: polymer engineering, cell biology, and micro/nano fabrication techniques.

No Photo Daniela Salas Acosta
Foster Lab

No Photo Tianjun Sun
Strynadka Lab
No Photo Amy Glenwright
Strynadka Lab
No Photo Joshua Jenkins
Strynadka Lab