Life Sciences Institute

The translational research and development activities at the LSI are having a large impact on Human Health and Wellness. Researchers at the LSI have been responsible for bringing targeted new drugs to the market and into clinical trials. Teams are also focused on impacting healthcare by changing the way it is practiced through the implementation of molecular based technologies to better predict health and disease.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
O'Connor, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Identification of small molecules that stimulate neurite outgrowth and regeneration Examination of the role of semaphorins during embryonic development
Osborne, Lisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) influence that the bacteria that live on and in our intestines, lungs and skin have on human health; understanding how the host recognizes the diverse species that reside in the gut - from microscopic viruses to large, multicellular helminthic worms - and tailors an immune response of the appropriate scope and magnitude necessary to achieve homeostasis
Overall, Christopher Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Blood research, antiviral immunity
Pante, Nelly Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular trafficking pathways within the cell
Penninger, Josef Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; BH4; Blood vessel engineering; Bone Remodeling; Cancer; Cardiovascular Regeneration; Glycoproteomics in cancer; Haploid stem cells; Immunopathology; Neurodegenerative diseases; Tissue Engineering
Richman, Joy Marion Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Dentistry and oral health; Cell signaling; chicken embryo limb development; Congenital Anomalies; craniofacial development; Developmental biology; Embryonic Development; Evo-Devo; Growth Factors; orofacial clefting; reptilian tooth development
Rideout, Elizabeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sex differences; Metabolism; Cell Signaling Pathways; Development; Lifespan and Aging; Stress responses; Drosophila melanogaster
Roskelley, Calvin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Breast cancer, ovarian cancer
Sadowski, Ivan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gene regulation contributing to cancer and HIV, and yeast, regulation of HIV-I latency and replication in T cells
Stefanska, Barbara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nutrition and Cancer; Breast Cancer; Hepatic Diseases; Gene Regulation and Expression; Epigenetics, Cancer epigenetics, Nutritional epigenomics
Strynadka, Natalie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Blood Research, structure-based design of inhibitors, antibiotic-resistance mechanisms, macromolecular assemblies, bacterial viability pathogenesis
Sugioka, Kenji Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Basic medicine and life sciences; Cell division; Animal morphogenesis; Cytoskeletal dynamics
Tanentzapf, Guy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) How cell adhesion contributes to muscle function, and stem cell biology
Teves, Sheila Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Genomics; Epigenetics; Genetics; Genome Science; Molecular Epigenetics (MEG); molecular biology; Transcriptional memory and cellular identity in mouse embryonic stem cells
Tocheva, Elitza Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Microbiology; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Functional and Structural Proteomics; Microbial Ultrastructure; Cryo-electron tomography and Structural Biology; bacterial physiology; Microbial Diversity; Secretion systems and Mechanisms of pathogenesis; Novel bacterial phyla
Tropini, Carolina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immunology; Medical and biomedical engineering; Microbiology; Bacteria; Bacteriophages; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biophysics; Gut microbiota; Inflammatory bowel disease
Van Petegem, Filip Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Genetic Diseases; Calcium signaling; Cardiac arrhythmia; electrical signaling; electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Ion channels; Structural Biology
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Health counselling; cancer genetics; Developmental Genetics; Human Cancer Genetics; Melanocytes; Melanoma; Molecular Genetics; Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis; Oncogenesis; Pigmentation
Viau, Victor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Understanding the central bases of social- and gender-based differences in stress reactivity
Vogl, A Wayne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nervous system connectivity and communication
Weidberg, Hilla Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Cell Signaling; Genes; Genotype and Phenotype; Enzymes and Proteins; Nucleic Acids; Cell Biology; Genetics; Biochemistry; molecular biology; Organelle biology; Mitochondria; Mitochondrial stress; Protein quality control; Metabolism; Neurodegenerative diseases
Wilts, Emily Postdoctoral Fellow Regenerative medicine (including stem cells and tissue engineering); Biomedical materials; Diabetes; Biomaterials; 3D Printing; Polymer synthesis; Polymer characterization
Yip, Calvin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genetic Diseases; Enzymes and Proteins; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Molecular Structure and Sizing; Imaging; Chromatin modification / epigenetic regulation; Molecular etiologies of rare diseases; Regulation of autophagy degradation