August 4, 2017 Newsletter



PhD Defence:
Christopher Laver – Friday, August 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM in Room 202, Anthropology and Sociology Building ,6303 North West Marine Drive, UBC Campus

Note: Please visit and bookmark our Experimental Medicine site:

1. The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series
2.Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is seeking 4 part-time (10 hrs/week) work learn student for Sept-April
3. Canada Graduate Scholarship – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements, Fall 2017 Competition
4. Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017 – Save Date!
5. MEDI Awards

1. The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series

“What if We Never Discover Another Antibiotic?” by  Hancock Lab – Dr. Robert Hancock

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia
Director, Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research (CMDR)
Canada Research Chair Holder in Health and Genomics
Associate Faculty Member of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Sarah Mansour, Ph.D. Student, “A New Therapeutic Target for Multi-drug Resistant Bacterial Infections”
Evan Haney, Post-Doctoral Fellow, “Enhancing the Activity of Natural Host Defense Peptides”
Beverlie Baquir, Ph.D. Student, “Cellular Reprogramming during Sepsis Pathogenesis”
Sam Hinshaw, Ph.D. Student, “Integrative Analysis of Multi-omic Data in Sepsis”

Wednesday, August 9th – 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST
LSC 3 – Life Sciences Centre – 2350 Health Sciences Mall

*You can now watch the seminar online at* Please ensure that you have the most recent version of Flash Player.

2. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is seeking 4 part-time (10 hrs/week) work learn student for Sept-April

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is hiring 4 part-time (10 hrs/week) worklearn students from Sept to April. These positions will be posted on CareersOnline ( starting tomorrow, August 1. Please consider joining their team! For further details on each position below, see or check out the posting on CareersOnline after Aug 1st.

WL W17 G+PS Recruitment Ambassador – CareersOnline Job ID 839781
The G+PS Recruitment Lead Ambassador will lead the development of a volunteer recruitment ambassador program to support the graduate student recruitment initiatives of UBC.

WL W17 Communications Assistant – CareersOnline Job ID 840168
The Communications Assistant will help with the creation and dissemination of digital and print communications for multiple audiences, with a focus on communications for prospective and current students.

WL W17 GPS Student Ambassado – CareersOnline Job ID 839772
The Graduate Pathways to Success Student Ambassador will lead the development of a Graduate Student Ambassador Program to support the promotional and communication support for the GPS program as well as graduate student professional development workshops and services provided by other central UBC units.

WL W17 Human Resources and Postdoctoral Fellows Office Assistant – Careers Online Job ID: 839794
The Human Resources and Postdoctoral Fellows Office Assistant will provide support for various projects within the PDFO and HR team portfolio. The Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) is UBCs central office for providing support, professional development opportunities and advocacy for all Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs). The HR team supports the Human Resources needs for the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The UBC Work Learn program has many other opportunities open to graduate students, including:
3 positions in the Library Research Commons
WL W17 Graduate Student Peer – Thesis and Dissertation Support | CareersOnline Job ID 840855
WL W17 Graduate Student Peer – Citation Management | CareersOnline Job ID 840869
WL W17 Grad Student Peer Support – Data Analysis Software | CareersOnline Job ID 840762

There are several workshops scheduled in August including;
· NVivo for MAC, Part 1 (August 1) and Part II, Aug 8th
· Graduate Student Writing Community, Tuesdays at noon
· Career Directions for Graduate Students, August 17 4-5
· A Teaching Series (Teaching as a Scholarly Activity, Developing a Learner-Centered Syllabus, etc), August 28-30, various times
For details visit:

3. Canada Graduate Scholarship – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements, Fall 2017 Competition

The Canada Graduate Scholarship – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students pursuing exceptional research experiences at research institutions outside of Canada. This program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Vanier CGS or a Tri-Agency CGS at the Master’s or doctoral level. Note that international students who hold a Vanier CGS are not eligible for this competition.

Award Value: up to $6,000 for three to six months


NSERC and SSHRC: Friday, 15 September 2017
CIHR: first come, first served – Eligible applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. G+PS will forward complete, eligible applications to CIHR as they arrive. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline.
For further information, please visit the Graduate Awards website:

The contact at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for this competition is Sandra Shaw (

4. Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017 – Save the Date

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 8:30AM – 5:00PM, BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, BC. This symposium will feature presentations by research groups carrying out work related to autophagy and its roles in health and disease.

Two Keynote addresses will be given:
9:15 – 10:15 “Autophagy and Neurodegeneration”, Dr. David Rubinsztein, FMedSci FRS, the Deputy Director of the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research (CIMR), the Academic Lead of the Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute, and Professor of Molecular Neurogenetics at the University of Cambridge.
12:00 – 1:00 “Autophagy and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer”, Dr. Kay Macleod, PhD, Associate Professor, The Ben May Department for Cancer Research, UCCCC, Committee on Cancer Biology, Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, Committee on Developmental Biology, The University of Chicago.

Early abstract submission deadline: September 8th
Registration deadline: September 22nd
A limited number of abstracts submitted by September 8th (4:00pm) will be considered for oral presentation. Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentation will be contacted via email and invited to present at the Autophagy Symposium. All abstracts selected for oral and poster presentation will be published in an abstract booklet and given to delegates at the Symposium. Two scientific poster sessions will be held during the day. The author for correspondence or presenting author of accepted abstracts must register for the Symposium. Registration details and website will be announced in August.

Brought to you by the Vancouver Autophagy Symposium 2017 Organizing Committee

If you have any questions please contact Stephanie McInnis ( or Sharon Gorski (

5. MEDI Awards

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has announced some upcoming awards for the start of the academic year:

The Edward Squires Memorial Scholarship; Roman M. Babicki Fellowship; BC Foundation for Non-Animal Research – Evelyn Martin Memorial Fellowship; Harry and Florence Dennison Fellowship in Medical Research; Dorothy Helmer Scholarship in Medicine; Richard A. Robertson Memorial Service Award in Medicine; Millie and Ralph Drabinsky Graduate Scholarship in Medicine; Dorothy May Ladner Memorial Fellowship; Sandy Kyo-Hyun Park Scholarship in Cancer Research; Friedman Award for Scholars in Health; Elizabeth C. Watters Research Fellowship and.
Laurel L. Watters Research Fellowship

Some of the deadlines have not been posted yet, but please, feel free to check the awards webpage for details.