Core Area – Research Excellence

Shaping protein for new applications

Shaping protein for new applications

Transforming protein has been in the spotlight in the last decade as plant-based protein products grow in popularity. Current commercial processes rely on extruded plant protein to make meat substitutes, but Assistant Professor Derek Dee’s research focuses on changing protein on a nanomolecular level. Funded by a New Frontiers Grant and still in its early […]

UBC entrepreneurs join fight against plastic pollution

UBC entrepreneurs join fight against plastic pollution

The end of plastic pollution—in the oceans, on land and in our air—could be within reach with two UBC ventures working hard on solutions that could make this vision a reality. “Tonnes of plastic waste pollute our land and oceans,” says Dr. Jordan MacKenzie, co-founder and CEO of Bioform Technologies, a UBC start-up that is […]

Detecting insects goes high-tech on UBC campus

Detecting insects goes high-tech on UBC campus

A new Campus as a Living Laboratory project is enabling UBC researchers to monitor insects in real time, on a scale never done before. “This project promises to help us understand insect biodiversity, which we know is both crucial to ecosystems, and affected by human activities,” says Dr. Juli Carrillo, Assistant Professor in the Faculty […]

UBC opens geological field station in South Okanagan

UBC opens geological field station in South Okanagan

Students, researchers and community groups now have access to an expanded and enriched earth sciences learning environment in the South Okanagan with the opening of the UBC-Teck Geological Field Station in Oliver, B.C. Funded by $2.4-million in contributions from UBC Science alumni and friends, and Teck Resources Limited, the facilities replace aging structures that have […]

B.C. researchers launching clinical trial for first genetically engineered stem cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes

B.C. researchers launching clinical trial for first genetically engineered stem cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes

Researchers from UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) have received $1-million from Canada’s Stem Cell Network to conduct research and a clinical trial for one of the world’s first genetically engineered cell replacement therapies for type 1 diabetes. Researchers say the study is an important step toward developing a potential functional cure for type 1 […]

CDL-Vancouver introduces Compute stream to scale revolutionizing technologies

CDL-Vancouver introduces Compute stream to scale revolutionizing technologies

Creative Destruction Lab-Vancouver (CDL-Vancouver) is launching CDL Compute, a specialization that has evolved from learning on the Prime stream. CDL-Vancouver is based at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. The new stream will focus on scaling solutions for 5G and connectivity, edge, spatial compute, AV/VR and meta, as well as […]

Webinar: The Future of Agriculture: A Conversation Revisited

Webinar: The Future of Agriculture: A Conversation Revisited

British Columbia has experienced a year of monumental change. From climate change events across the province to business planning in a post-Covid era, how has the agriculture sector been affected? The Future of Agriculture: A Conversation Revisited, a webinar hosted by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, brought together a panel of experts for […]

Open UBC launches new collection to highlight open educational resources

Open UBC launches new collection to highlight open educational resources

Instructors at UBC and beyond can now search through a new curated database full of openly accessible teaching and learning materials. The UBC OER Collection showcases UBC open educational resources (OER) in a searchable interface to support UBC faculty, as well as the general community in incorporating open educational resources and practices into their curriculum. […]

High-tech mouthguard tracks head impacts during varsity hockey playoffs

High-tech mouthguard tracks head impacts during varsity hockey playoffs

A high-tech mouthguard worn by UBC Thunderbird hockey players will record every big hit of the upcoming playoffs to capture data for UBC researchers who study concussions. The study is led by Dr. Lyndia Wu, an expert in brain injury biomechanics at UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science. “We started a five-year collaborative study with the […]

Reclaiming the narrative: How UBC students are helping decolonize MOA’s African collections

Reclaiming the narrative: How UBC students are helping decolonize MOA’s African collections

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) boasts over 5,000 objects from Africa. However, many of these objects arrived at MOA without historical and cultural context, resulting in inaccurate and incomplete descriptions in the museum’s displays and online catalogue. Beginning in 2019, a group of UBC students had the opportunity to change that. The Decolonizing the African […]