Tomorrow's Health, Today's Research

Centre for Biomedical Research Members

Mohsen Akbari

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Phone: 250-721-6038
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Research Area:Biomedical Micro- and Nanotechnologies (Bio-MEMS), Tissue Engineering, Organs-on-Chip, and Microfluidics
Research Profile: Sewing New Tissue: Textile technology's role in tissue engineering
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Laura Arbour

Affiliated Associate Professor,
Division of Medical Sciences and a clinical geneticist with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
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Research area: exploration of the genetic conditions affecting the health of aboriginal people
in northern BC and the Canadian Arctic.

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Juan Ausio

Professor, Biochemistry/Microbiology Department
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Phone: 250- 721-8863
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Research area: chromatin assembly and transcription
Research profile:Deciphering the histone code

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Magdalena Bazalova-Carter

Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Medical Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Phone: 250-721-7704
Department Page: XCITE Lab
Research area: Diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy research to the use of kilovoltage x-rays
Research Profile: Seek and Destroy: Innovative methods of improving cancer imaging and radiation therapy

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Rustom Bhiladvala

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Phone: 250-721-8616
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Research area: nanoscale materials, mechanics & transport, fluid and biomedical sensor development, energy and sustainable development
Research profile: An engineer’s perspective on finding mutations: Why not measure the DNA’s mass?

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Craig Brown

Associate Professor, Division of Medical Sciences
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Phone: 250-853-3733
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Research area: cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal plasticity, diabetes and stroke research, investigation of higher-order information processing centers
Research profile: Brain, Heal Thyself: Understanding Brain Plasticity and its Role in Stroke Recovery
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Robert Burke

Professor, joint appointment in Biochemistry/Microbiology and Biology departments
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Phone: (250) 721-7105
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Research area: cell signalling, developmental biology
Research profile:Sea urchin sequence accelerates discoveries

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Caroline Cameron

Associate Professor, Biochemistry/Microbiology Department
Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pathogenesis
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Phone: (250) 853-3189
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Research area: host-bacteria interactions, spirochetes, syphilis and leptospirosis
Research profile: Syphilis expertise leads to whale research

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Robert Chow

Assistant Professor, Biology Department
Canada Research Chair in Retinal and Early Eye Development
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Phone: (250) 472-5658
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Research area: retinal development and hereditary vision defects
Research profile:Regulating vision: the puzzle of Vsx1

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Francis Choy

Professor, Biology Department
Gaucher Disease Coordinator for Western Canada
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Phone: (250) 721-7107
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Research area: genetics and enzymology of lysosomal storage diseases, Gaucher disease
Research profile: The heartbreak of tracking rare lethal mutations

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Brian Christie

Professor, Division of Medical Sciences and Limited Term Professor, Biology Department
Member of the Brain Research Centre, at the University of British Columbia
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Phone: (250) 472-4244
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Research area: neurogenesis
Research profile:Exercise reverses fetal alcohol syndrome

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Johan de Boer

Adjunct Associate Professor, Biology Department
member of the Consortium for Genomics Research on Atlantic Salmon Project (cGRASP)
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Phone: (250) 472-4079
Research area: DNA repair, prevention of cancer through diet, salmon genetics
Research profile: GRASP: Salmon transposons offer key to evolution, New Oncology and Nutrition group, Breast Cancer more than just genes

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Nikolai Dechev

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Phone: 250-721-8933
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Research areas: biomedical systems design, robotics and automation, mechatronics and machine design
Research profile: Listening to Ligaments: Biosensors that can detect our desire to move, implantable devices that use wireless power transfer and the future of prosthetics

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Kerry Delaney

Professor, Biology Department
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Phone: (250) 472-5657
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Research area: neurophysiology, animal behaviour, Rett Syndrome
Research profile: Two pronged attack on Rett syndrome

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Roderick Edwards

Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
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Phone: (250) 721-7453
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Research area: mathematical biology, neuronal and gene networks, mathematical models of neuromotor control
Research profile: Finding patterns in the noise of biological systems

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Jane Gair

Teaching Professor, Division of Medical Sciences
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Phone: (250) 472-5543
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Research area: Cytogenetics, chromosome segregation and recombination, nondisjunction and reproductive genetics
Research profile: Teaching doctors empathy

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Barry Glickman

Professor, Biology Department
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Phone: (250) 472-4068
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Research area: molecular genetics, toxicology, environmental mutagenesis, avian ecology, biotechnology and health, nano and bioethics
Research profile: CBR Founder is an expert on bioethics and risks

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Reuven Gordon

Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Phone: 250-472-5179
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Research area: Nanophotonics, plasmonics, biophotonics, biosensors, optical trapping, lab-on-chip devices, nanotechnology and nanofabrication. 
Research profile: Thinking Big but on a Small Scale: Using nanostructures and optical manipulation to study viruses and improve the early detection of cancer

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Caren Helbing

Professor, Biochemistry/Microbiology Department
Member of the BC Environmental and Occupational Health Network
Member of the BC Proteomics Network
Member of the Genome BC Environment Task Force
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Phone: (250) 721-6146
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Research area: amphibian metamorphosis, endocrine disruptors
Research profile: A better way to test for pollutants

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Rodney A. Herring

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Director Advanced Microscopy Facility
Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies (CAMTEC)
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Phone: 250-721-8934
Research areas: medical imaging, electron microscopy, and confocal holography
Research profile: Sight and Sound: How acoustic beams help us see hidden tumors

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Fraser Hof

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
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Phone: (250) 721-7193
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Research area: at the intersection of supramolecular and medicinal chemistry
Research profile: The promise of synthetic molecules for controlling proteins

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Clay Holroyd

Professor, Department of Psychology
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Phone: (250) 472-4490
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Research area: neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive control
Research profile:The connection between learning, dopamine and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Perry Howard

Chair of the Biochemistry/Microbiology Department
Associate Professor, joint appointment in Biochemistry/Microbiology and Biology departments
Member of the Centre for Drug Research and Development, University of British Columbia
Member of the Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
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Phone: (250) 472-4074
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Research area: cell signalling, cancer
Research profile: Listening to cells talk

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Sandra Hundza

Associate Professor, School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education
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Phone: (250) 721-8387
Research area: Neural control of human movement; motor rehabilitation after injurywith disease and aging. Neural coordination of limbs and trunk during rhythmic movement and implications for balance control during walking; assistive technologies for those with disability.
Research profile: If you want to teach someone to walk, it helps to know how muscles are coordinated in rhythmic movement

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Marc Klimstra

Associate Professor, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
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Phone: 250-721-8386
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Research interests: Biomechanics and motor control of human movement in sport Exercise and rehabilitation
Research profile: Foreseeing Falls: Can understanding the intricacies of human movement help clinicians predict falls in the elderly before they happen?

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Ben Koop

Professor, Biology Department
Principal Investigator, Consortium on Genomics Research on All Salmon Project (cGRASP)
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Phone: (250) 472-4071
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Research area: genetics and evolution
Research profile: Bringing the power of genomics to aquaculture

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Olav Krigolson

Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education
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Phone: 250-721-7843
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Research area: neuroeconomics, learning, and decision-making
Research profile: Neuroeconomics: Using brain imaging to understand how we learn and why we do the things we do
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Mary Louise Lesperance

Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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Phone: 250-721-7461
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Research area: biostatistics, statistical methods for genomic and proteomic data, mixture models
Research keywords: bayesian models and applications, biostatistics, semiparametric mixture models
Research profile: Seeing Strokes with Stats: The power of statistics in biomedicine and stroke prevention

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Patrick MacLeod

Adjunct Professor, Biology Department
Pathologist and Medical Geneticist, Vancouver Island Health Authority
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Phone: (250) 727-4461
Research area: genetic mechanisms of inherited diseases
Research profile: Vital link to patients

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Nicol Macpherson

Neuro-oncologist, Medical Oncology, BC Cancer Agency
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology, UBC
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Phone: (250) 519-5572
Research area: cancer clinical trials, proteomic and genomic approaches to cancer biology

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Patrick Nahirney

Associate Professor, Division of Medical Sciences
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Phone: 250-853-3658
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Research area: Ultrastructure of brain synapses
Research profile: Do you ever wonder how exactly the brain changes in the face of stress, disease, and injury?
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Raad Nashmi

Associate Professor, Department of Biology
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Phone: (250) 721-6169
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Research area: neurobiology, synaptic transmission, nicotinic receptors, nicotine addiction
Research profile:Why nicotine is addictive, yet good for the brain

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Brad Nelson

Director, Research Laboratories, Deeley Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency
Adjunct Associate Professor, joint appointment in Biology and Biochemistry/Microbiology departments
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Phone: (250) 519-5705
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Research area: immune-based strategies to prevent, detect and treat cancer
Research profile: Elegant strategy works against broad range of cancers

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Peter Oshkai

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Phone: 250- 721-8922 
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Research areas: unsteady fluid flows, flow-acoustic coupling, fluid-structure interactions
Research profile: Blood, Valves, and Vessels: Using fluid mechanics to improve artificial valve and stent implants in cardiac patients

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Irina Paci

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria
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Phone: 250-472-4946
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Research areas: theoretical and computational chemistry, disease process simulation
Research profile: Computational Chemistry and Disease: How mathematics can help us better understand rheumatoid arthritis

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Terry Pearson

Professor, Biochemistry/Microbiology Department
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Phone: (250) 721-7080
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Research area: immunochemistry of parasitic diseases, plasma proteomics, immunodiagnosis
Research profile: A new way to look for cancer biomarkers

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Poman So

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Phone: (250) 472-4224
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Research areas: microwave engineering, heterogeneous computing algorithms and software for electromagnetics/bioelectromagnetics applications.
Research profile: Electromagnetic Energy: Hazardous or Helpful? Using computer simulations to model how electromagnetic waves interact with the human body
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Nancy Sherwood

Adjunct Professor, Biology Department
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Phone: (250) 721-7143
Research area: molecular endocrinology of growth and reproduction
Research profile:Hormones on the brain

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Leigh Anne Swayne

Associate Professor, Division of Medical Sciences
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Phone: (250) 853-3723
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Research area: Bioelectric control of neural stem and progenitor cell biology; Neural stem cells in brain repair; Pannexins and voltage-gated sodium and calcium channel superfamily members: structure, function and regulation by protein-protein interactions
Research profile: Pannexin expert adds to UVic’s strengths in brain repair research
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Jim Tanaka

Professor, Department of Psychology
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Phone: (250) 721-7541
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Research area: visual object and face recognition
Research profile: Teaching kids with autism to become face experts

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Chris Upton

Associate Professor, Biochemistry/Microbiology Department
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Phone: (250) 721-6507
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Research area: virology, poxvirus virulence factors, bioinformatics
Research profile: Poxvirus expert creates bioinformatics tools

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Frank van Veggel

Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria
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Phone: 250-721-7184
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Research Area: Lanthanide-based nanoparticles, biomarkers, bioimaging, and metallic and semi-conductor nanoparticles
Research profile: Big Solutions in Small Packages: Using lanthanide-based nanoparticles to improve medical diagnostics and treatments
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Patrick Walter

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Victoria
Staff Scientist, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
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Research Areas genetic anemias, iron overload, neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA), Mucopolysaccharidosis, mitochondrial function, DNA damage
Research Profile: Iron Overload: Why too much of a good thing can be bad
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Brian Weinerman

Program Director, Post Graduate Medical Education, University of British Columbia
Medical Director, Department of Internal Medicine, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Internal Medicine Consultant & Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency
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Research area: personalized cancer treatments, effectiveness of remote access video-link care

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Stephanie Willerth

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Phone: (250) 721-7303
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Research area: tissue engineering,regenerative medicine,biomaterials scaffolds for controlling stem cell differentiation
Research profile: Growing Hope on 3D Scaffolds: Current Research into Stem Cell Therapies
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Jeremy Wulff

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
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Phone: (250) 721-7179
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Research area: medicinal chemistry, protein-protein interactions
Research profile: Chemist’s approach to pancreatic cancer leads to new compounds, surprising results

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E. Paul Zehr

Director, Centre for Biomedical Research
Professor, Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Principal Investigator, Human Discovery Science, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
Qualified Health Researcher, Centre on Aging, University of Victoria
Adjunct Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, University of Alberta
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Phone: (250) 472-4067
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Research area: neural control of human movement, role of reflexes in coordination of limbs, recovery from stroke and spinal chord injuries
Research profile: The Arm Bone is Connected to the Leg Bone

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Xuekui Zhang

Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Deparment of Mathematics and Statistics
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Phone: 250-721-7455
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Research area: Statistical genomics,machine learning, design of clinical trials,neuroimaging
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