Staff Directory

Room 2020
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Director
+1 (604) 875-3801

Senior Scientist, CMMT, CFRI, UBC
Director, Transgenic Core Facility
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC
Neurologist, UBC Neurogenetics
Director of Research & Neurologist, Centre for Huntington Disease

Room 2026
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Principal Investigator
+1 (604) 875-3822

Senior Scientist, CMMT, CFRI, UBC
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC
Canada Research Chair Tier 1
Scientific Director, NeuroDevNet NCE

Room 2108
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Principal Investigator
+1 (604) 875-3898
+1 (604) 875-3840

Scientist, CMMT, CFRI, UBC

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC

Elizabeth Simpson
Rm 3020
950 – W 28th Ave.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V5Z4H4
Principal Investigator
+1 (604) 875-3830

Senior Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT)
Scientist Level 3, Child & Family Research Institute
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC
Associate Member, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
Associate Member, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, UBC

Room 3025
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Principal Investigator
+1 (604) 875-3535

Senior Scientist, CMMT, BCCHR, UBC
Canada Research Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine
University Killam Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC

Kobor Lab
A5-151
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Principal Investigator
+1 (604) 875-3833

Scientist, CMMT, BCCHRI, UBC
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC

Room 3021
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Principal Investigator
+1 (604) 875-3802

Scientist Level 1, CMMT, CFRI, UBC
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science, UBC

Room 2024
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Principal Investigator, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics & BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
+1 (604) 875-3860

Canada Research Chair Tier 2
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC
Co-lead, Rare Disease Group, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Twitter: @TaubertLab
Room 3109, Wasserman Lab
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Principal Investigator
+1 (604) 875-3812

Executive Director, Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI)
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Senior Scientist, CMMT/CFRI, UBC
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC

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Ahmad Shikib Mehri
Undergraduate Work Learn Program Student
Alex Kadhim, BSc
MSc Student

Degree:  BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University.
Project: Investigating the role of MED15 in the developing and adult pancreas.
Hobbies: play bass guitar.

Alex Pai
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2032
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Work Learn Student
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5257
+1 (604) 875-3840
Alexander Morin

Research Assistant/Technician

Alexandre Lussier

PhD Student

Alice Kaye
Doctoral Student
Allen Zhang
MD PhD Student
Allison Coleman
Clinical Research Coordinator
+1-604-822-7739
Alyssa Kirlin

PhD Student

Amy Poon
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Degree: BSc in Integrated Sciences from the University of British Columbia (expected graduation date May 2017).
Project: Adaptation to heavy metal stress via the transcriptional coregulator MDT15.
Hobbies: volleyball, yoga.

Andrea Korecki
Room 3032
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Lab Manager
+1 (604) 875-3850
Andy An
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Degree: BSc Undergraduate in Pharmacology at the University of British Columbia (in progress).
Project: Investigating the transcriptional regulators involved in starvation survival of C. elegans.
Hobbies: fishkeeping, making YouTube videos.

Angela Gurney
Room 2025
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research Coordinator
+1-604-875-3828
Anita Sham
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2025
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Research Co-ordinator (on leave until Jun 2017)
+1 (604) 875-3827
+1 (604) 875-3840
Annie Yip
Undergraduate Student
+1 (604) 875-3817
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Aria Shokoohi
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2032
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Laboratory Assistant
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5257
+1 (604) 875-3840
Austin Hill
Room 2028
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Lab Manager
+1-604-875-2424 x7570
Belinda Yee
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Betty Nguyen
Room 3004
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
+1 (604) 875-3808
+1 (604) 875-3819
Bjorn Bean
Postdoctoral Fellow
1 (604)-875-3817
Britt Drogemoller, PhD
890 West 28th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4
Post Doctoral Fellow
Chris  Kay
Room 3004
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
PhD Candidate
+1 604-875-3999
+1 604-875-3840

DISSERTATION TITLE
Population Genetics and Allele-Specific Silencing of the Huntington Disease Mutation

EDUCATION
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Fine-Mapping of Genetic Loci
Neurodegenerative Disease
Genetic Medicine
Population Genetics
Genetic Epidemiology
Repeat Instability
Genetic and Epigenetic Modifiers

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award
Pfizer Ripples of Hope Award Recipient in Mental Health Research
Florida Academic Scholar
Harvey Mudd College Nova Scholar
Claire Fowler
Co-op Student
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Clara van Karnebeek

Scientist, CMMT, CFRI, UBC

Nomination for YWCA Woman of Distinction Award – 2017
Canadian Organization for Rare Diseases Scientific Award – 2016
UBC Faculty of Medicine Early Career Excellence Award – 2016
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award – 2014
IG Maud Menten New Principal Investigator Finalist Prize (CIHR) – 2013
Digital Health Innovation Summit Award – 2012
Bluma Tischler Fellowship Research Award – 2011
Laura McRae Award for Excellence in Pediatrics – 2011
Coulter Beeson
Undergraduate Student Research Assistant and Summer Student
Cynthia Xin Ye
MD PhD Student
Daphne Cheung
Room 3028
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
604-875-3817
604-875-3819
Darcy Davis
Room 1100
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Facility Manager
+1-604-875-3846
David J Arenillas
Bioinformatics Software Developer
David T. S. Lin

Research Assistant/Technician

Dawn Ng
Room 3026
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Executive Coordinator
+1 (604) 875-3535
+1 (604) 875-3819
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Dora Pak
Room 3109
Research Manager
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext 5273
Emilie Theberge
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2034
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Laboratory Assistant
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5257
+1 (604) 875-3840
Eric Thibodeau

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Evan Gatev

PhD Student

Evelyn Lomba
Room 2037
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Director of Finance and Administration
+1 (604) 875-3875
+1 (604) 875-3819
Fanny Lemarie
Room 3004
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Post doctoral fellow
+1 (604) 875-3809
+1 (604) 875-3840
Forum Bhanshali, MSc
Lab Manager

Project: Understanding the mechanism of adaptation to starvation using C. elegans.
Hobbies: Travelling, Hiking, Cooking.
Degrees:
MSc in Pathology and Cell Biology from The University of Montreal.
MSc in Molecular Biology from The University of Montreal.
MSc in Microbiology from  M.S University of Vadodara.
Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Biochemistry from M.S University of Vadodara.
B.Sc in Biotechnology from Saurashtra University.

Galen Wright, PhD
950 West 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4
Post Doctoral Fellow
+1 (604) 875-2000 ext 6217
Garret Ruiz
Room 1101B
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Stores Technician
+1 (604) 875-3854
+1 (604) 875-3547
Ge Lu
Room 2028
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H4
+1-604-875-3843
Grace Ying Shyen Goh, BSc
PhD Student

Degree: B.Sc. (Hons.) Microbiology, University of Leeds
Project: Transcriptional regulators of oxidative stress responses in C. elegans
Hobbies: Martial arts, travelling, reading popular science
Awards:
– DeLill Nasser Travel Award 2016.
– Keystone Symposia/National Institute on Aging Travel Scholarship 2016.
– Child and Family Research Institute Jan M. Friedman Graduate Studentship 2014-2016.

Hailey Findlay Black
Room 3003

Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Huijun Mark Wang
Room 3003
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
+1 (604) 875-3825
+1 (604) 875-3840
Jack Hickmott
Room 3032
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
PhD Student
+1 (604) 875-3842

Thesis topic: Towards a PAX6 gene therapy for Aniridia

Jasmine Yang
Room 2028
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4
Jeffy Rajan Soundara Rajan
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2034
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
MSc Student
+1 (604) 875- 2000 x5259
+1 (604) 875-3840
Jennifer A. Collins
Room 3008
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research coordinator/HD BioBank Coordinator
+1 (604) 875-3999
+1 (604) 875-3819
Jessica JY Lee
Doctoral Student
Jill Mwenifumbo, PhD
Bioinformatician
Joanna Yeung
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2034
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
PhD Candidate
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5257
+1 (604) 875-3840
Joji Decolongon
Clinical Research Coordinator
+1-604-822-7928
Jonathan Chang
Rm 2051
950 W 28th Ave.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V5Z 4H4
Systems Administrator
+1 604 875 3820
Josh Brown

PhD Student

Kayla Shayne
Room 1100
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Assistant Manager
+1-604-875-3847
Kelsie Doering, BSc
MSc Student

Degrees: BSc, Genetics Honours (Co-op), University of Manitoba.
Project: Dissecting the response to oxidative stress to find novel drug targets.
Hobbies: Napping.

Kristina Balce
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2032
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Directed Studies Student
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5257
+1 (604) 875-3840
Kyle Ju
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lisa Anderson
Room 2004
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research Assistant
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3819
Lisa M McEwen
PhD student
Lorenzo Casal
Room 3003
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
604-875-3817
604-875-3819
Louisa Dal Cengio
Room 3003
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research Assistant
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3819
Magda Price, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Mahsa Amirabbasi
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
Room 3007
950 West 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Lab manager
604-875-3811
604-875-3819
Maja Tarailo-Graovac, PhD
Research Associate
Mandi Schmidt
Room 3004
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
PhD student
+1 (604) 875-3809
+1 (604) 875-3840
Maria Aristizabal

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Meaghan Jones

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Meenalochani Sivasubramanian
Room 3003
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Post doctoral fellow
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Michael Hockertz
Room 3021
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Director of Core Facilities
+1 (604) 875-3816
+1 (604) 875-3819
Michelle Ying Ya Lee
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Project: Testing regulations of zinc response genes.
Hobbies: playing badminton and baking.

Miguel Ramirez
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2034
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
MSc Candidate
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5259
+1 (604) 875-3840
Mike Davey
Room 2004
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Lab Manager
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Mike Woo
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2032
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Work Learn Student
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5257
+1 (604) 875-3840
Mina Park

PhD Student

Miroslav Hatas
Room 2052
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Manager of Information Systems
+1 (604) 875-3804
Naomi Shomer, BSc
MSc Student

Degree: BSc in Life Sciences from Ben-Gurion University.
Project: Examining the transcriptional regulation of trace metal homeostasis trough Mediator subunits MDT-15 and CDK-8.
Hobbies: Painting, jogging and hiking.
Awards:
– Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Graduate Scholarship–Master’s 2016.
– Child Family Research Institute Studentships 2016 (Declined).
– Medical Genetics Graduate Support Initiative Award (GSI) 2015.

Natalia Kosior
Room 2028
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4
MSc candidate
+1-604-875-3843
Nicholas Caron, PhD
Room 3003

Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canad
Post doctotral fellow
604-875-2000 ext 5620
604-875-3819
Nicole Gladish

PhD Student

Oriol Fornés Crespo, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Peter Zhang
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2032
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
+1 (604) 875-2000 ext. 5259
+1 (604) 875-3840
Phillip Richmond
Doctoral Student
Pierre Zwiegers
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2025
950 West 28th Ave | Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Research Coordinator
+1 (604) 875-3827
+1 (604) 875-3819
Ponthakorn Wongsangaroonsri
Masters Student
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Qing Wang
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Qingwen Xia
Room 3002
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
+1 (604) 875-3825
+1 (604) 875-3840
Rachel Edgar

Bioinformatician

Rachelle Farkas
Master’s Student
Remi Robert
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2034
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
Research Intern – VIRS
+1 (604) 875-2345 ext. 5259
+1 (604) 875-3840
Richard Zihao Xie
Undergraduate Work Learn Program Student
Robert  Tiszolczi
Room 3109
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Finance manager
+1 (604)-875-3844
+1 (604) 875-3819
Robert Xie
Room 3002
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
+1 (604) 875-3808
+1 (604) 875-3840
Robin van der Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rory Long
Honors Student
+1 (604) 875-3817
Sachinia Ariyaratne

MSc Student

Sarah Goodman

PhD Student

Sarah Moore

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Sarah Thomson
Room 2028
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4
BSc candidate
Seetha Kumaran
Room 3024
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research manager
+1 (604) 875-3823
+1 (604) 875-3819
Shawn Whitfield
PhD Student
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Siu Ling Lam
Room 3032
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research Technician
+1 (604) 875-3877
Sophie Tremblay
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Room No.2032
950 West 28th Ave Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4H4
PhD Candidate
+1 (604) 875-3840
Sumaiya Islam

PhD Student

Tanya Erb

Research Manager

Taylor Lundy
Undergraduate Summer Student
Terri Petkau, PhD
Room 2028
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4
Post-Doctoral Fellow
+1-604-875-3837
Tess Lengyell
Room 3032
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
MAPS Research Technician
+1 (604) 875-3865
Theresa Williams
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Tom Johnson
Room 3032
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
MAPS Research Technician
+1 (604) 875-3866
Valarie O’Neill
Clinical Research Coordinator
+1-604-827-5747
Wenqiang Shi
Doctoral Student
William Qi
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Xiaofan Qiu
Room 3003
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Yanbo Yan
Room 1100
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Yasmin Yassin

Research Manager

Yuchen Li
Undergraduate Summer and Work Learn Program Student
Yun Ko
Room 3003
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
Research assistant
+1 (604) 875-3817
+1 (604) 875-3840
Zeinab Mohanna
Room 3032
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4H4 Canada
PhD Student
+1 (604) 875-3853