52 UBC Health Researchers and Research Trainees Supported by Michael Smith Health Research BC Awards

September 15, 2022

Michael Smith Health Research BC’s funding for 71 researchers through the 2022 Scholar and Research Trainee competitions will help develop, attract and retain BC’s best and brightest health researchers and support the advancement of world-class health research in BC.

Funding includes 16 awards to UBC faculty members through the Scholar Program and 36 awards to UBC research trainees to support health research at UBC and its affiliated health research institutions.

The Scholar and Research Trainee Programs specifically support BC’s next generation of health researchers. This year’s awardees are investigating diverse research areas including: community-based health projects guided by Indigenous approaches to health and research in BC’s interior; interventions to reduce overdose during dual public health emergencies; supports for older adults with cancer; access to breastfeeding support in BC; and, mental health for men through social connection.

The Scholar Program supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field.

The Research Trainee Program supports health researchers in the training phase of their research career to enable career development and enrich BC’s health research talent.

Read the Health Research Bc announcement

UBC Funding recipients

Health Research bc Scholars

  • Adi Steif (Medical Genetics)
    Single cell methods for characterizing genomic alterations in cancer
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
     
  • Anil Maharaj (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
    Development of an ex-vivo-in-silico framework to inform medication use decisions for breastfeeding women
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Braden Te Hiwi (Community, Culture and Global Studies, UBCO)
    Indigenous community-based health research in British Columbia's interior
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Brittany Bingham (Center for Gender and Sexual Health Equity)
    Drawing on decolonizing and intersectional research approaches to inform action for health equity and reproductive justice among Indigenous women, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Vancouver Coastal Health, Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity
     
  • Carl de Boer (School of Biomedical Engineering)
    Using high-throughput experiments and machine learning to understand the role of non-coding mutations in cancer
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Dena Shahriari (School of Biomedical Engineering)
    Light and drug delivery coupled with biomaterials to improve motor function after spinal cord injury in animal models
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Geoffrey Schiebinger (Math)
    Towards a mathematical theory of development
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Jessica Dennis (Medical Genetics)
    Genomic mechanisms underlying the prenatal and early childhood origins of mental illness in children
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
     
  • Kristen Haase (Nursing)
    Generating, co-creating, and implementing solutions and supports for older adults with cancer and their caregivers
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Ly Vu (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
    Post-transcriptional regulation of hematopoietic stem cell function during normal and malignant hematopoiesis
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Cancer Vancouver, University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Maria Tokuyama (Microbiology)
    Immunomodulatory effects of endogenous retroviruses in infection and inflammation
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Marianne Vidler (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
    Optimal pregnancy and postpartum health for everyone
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Ramon Klein Geltink (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
    The links between nutrient sensing, cell intrinsic metabolism and T cell function in immune-related diseases
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
     
  • Sarah Kraeutner (Psychology, UBCO)
    Examining motor imagery-related brain function in health and after stroke to leverage its prescription
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
     
  • Stephanie Sellers (Cardiology)
    Valvular heart disease and bioprosthetic heart valves: Defining mechanisms of degeneration and therapeutic discovery from bedside to bench
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
     
  • Ying Wang (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
    Targeting efferocytosis to reduce risk of cardiovascular events
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

View all 2022 Scholar award recipients and Project Descriptions

Health Research bc Research Trainees

  • Alberto Delaidelli
    Medulloblastoma plasma membrane proteomics to inform optimal immunotherapy design
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Cancer Research Centre
     
  • Alexandra Kent
    Advancing anti-colonial implementation science and knowledge translation with the xacqanal itkinil (Many Ways of Working on the Same Thing) research team
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Interior Health Authority, University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus, Ktunaxa Nation Council
     
  • Amanda Butler
    Transforming prisons and improving health outcomes for people who use drugs: An evaluation of BC's prison-based therapeutic community
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Anne-Sophie Archambault
    Regulation of anabolic metabolism in anti-tumour T cells
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
     
  • Ashok Narasimhan
    Sex specific characterization of microRNAs in fibroadipogenic progenitors in cancer cachexia
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Carly Magee
    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to adequate care for serious mental disorders in British Columbia
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Codie Primeau
    Pain and healthcare experiences of sex and gender minority citizens living with chronic pain in Canada
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Canada (ARC)
     
  • Daniel Marinescu
    The association of genetic risk factors with morphology and outcomes in interstitial lung disease
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Vancouver Coastal Health, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
     
  • Efthymios Kyriakis
    Cryo-EM studies of activators and inhibitors of KCNQ1 and KCNQ1:KCNE1 channel complexes
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Farhia Kabeer
    Predictive biomarkers for ovarian cancer treatment: Analysis of patient of derived xenografts under treatment at single cell resolution
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Cancer
     
  • Gillian Goobie
    Air pollution as a modulator of molecular, structural, and clinical outcomes in patients with fibrotic interstitial lung disease
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
     
  • Haoning Cen
    Proteome-wide mechanisms of hyperinsulinemia and sucrose-induced, tissue-specific insulin resistance
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Haoyu Deng
    Cholesteryl ester transfer protein-mediated regulation of HDL cholesterol levels and clinical outcomes in sepsis
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
     
  • Jesse Charlton
    Exploration through movement variability: How does the presence of pain affect the movement variability-adaptation process of walking?
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Jia Zhao
    A novel stem cell model for human islet development and cytoarchitecture
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Jordan Hamden
    In vitro diagnostics for frontotemporal dementia
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Justin Andrushko
    The relationship between the cortico-reticulospinal tract and motor function in stroke survivors
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Kotaro Suzuki
    Evaluating the role and therapeutic value of Asparagine Endopeptidase (AEP) in prostate cancer
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Vancouver Prostate Centre
     
  • Kwangjin Park
    Roles of the Lysine Methyl Transferase (KMT) 2d in hepatocyte identity and hepatocellular carcinoma progression
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Cancer Research Centre
     
  • Mahsa Khalili
    Multimodal characterization and classification of bio-signals to predict cardiac arrest
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), Vancouver General Hospital, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM)
     
  • Marek Budzynski
    Mitotic bookmarking by transcription factors as a mechanism of transcriptional memory
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Matteo Ponzano
    Impact of a combined exercise and counselling intervention on mental health in people with spinal cord injury who live with chronic pain: A psychobiological approach
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus, University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Megan Rowland
    The role of Baf53b in regulating neuronal gene expression and autism behaviours across development
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Michael Asamoah-Boaheng
    Determination of the optimal SARS-CoV-2 vaccination strategy to achieve a robust and long-lasting immune response
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences (CHEOS), University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus, St. Paul's Hospital
     
  • Michael Tymko
    The role of the innate immune system in hypoxic ischemic brain injury post cardiac arrest
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Vancouver General Hospital
     
  • Olivia De-Jongh González
    Unravelling the complexity of familial influences that shape children's obesity-related behaviors over time
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Paul Sharp
    Buddy Up for men's mental health: Engaging men through mutual help and social connection
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Sarah Wu
    Making room at the table: Understanding the mealtime experiences of racialized residents and their families in long-term care
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
     
  • Stephen Milne
    Dissecting heterogeneity in COPD: A functional imaging-guided-omics study
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
     
  • Sze Lok Fan
    Improving access to breastfeeding support in British Columbia: Needs assessment of a virtual health intervention
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
     
  • Thais Carrilho
    Defining optimal pregnancy weight gain ranges for Canadian women
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
     
  • Tiev Miller
    Transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation for treating neurogenic bladder dysfunction following spinal cord injury
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
     
  • Tineke Dineen
    Scaling-up a community-based diabetes prevention program: A longitudinal matrixed multiple case study to examine implementation context
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: University of British Columbia
     
  • Yashodani Pillay
    Smart Discharges for Mom+Baby: Saving mother-newborn dyads by developing a predictive risk model to identify vulnerable dyads and guide delivery of post-discharge care
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia
     
  • Yasir Mohamud
    Innate immune mechanisms of viral myocarditis: Role of the cytosolic DNA-sensing pathway
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
     
  • Yusi Miao
    Advanced multi-functional in vivo retinal imaging for ocular oncology
    Host Institution: University of British Columbia
    Research Location: Vancouver General Hospital

View all 2022 Research trainee award recipientS and Project Descriptions