Strategy 10 – Research Culture

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 […]

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 […]

Smart windows can significantly reduce indoor pathogens

Smart windows can significantly reduce indoor pathogens

Researchers at the UBC Okanagan have found that smart windows can disinfect surfaces while preventing damaging UV rays from flowing through. Dr. Sepideh Pakpour, Assistant Professor at UBCO School of Engineering, along with student researchers Enrique Calderon and Rita Lam studied four strains of dangerous bacteria: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, E. coli, and Pseudomonas […]

Four Black scholars leading innovative research in Arts

Four Black scholars leading innovative research in Arts

In honour of Black History Month, four Black scholars from UBC’s Faculty of Arts spoke about their inspiring research, the importance of Black storytelling and world-building, and their advice for aspiring scholars. Please visit the Faculty of Arts website to read the conversations and insights from: Dr. Nalo Hopkinson, Professor in the School of Creative […]

Next-generation battery research offers electric cars a boost

Next-generation battery research offers electric cars a boost

Researchers at the Advanced Materials for Energy Storage Lab at UBC Okanagan are working to create a battery that is smaller and more powerful than existing models in the market. The project, a collaboration between UBCO and Fenix Advanced Materials, uses solid state lithium tellurium technology to create batteries with more power and improved safety […]

UBC scientists unveil world’s first molecular-level analysis of Omicron variant spike protein

UBC scientists unveil world’s first molecular-level analysis of Omicron variant spike protein

UBC researchers are the first in the world to conduct a molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron variant spike protein, and findings show strong antibody evasion and binding with human cells that contribute to increased transmissibility—and that vaccination remains the best defense. The analysis—done at near atomic resolution using a cryo-electron microscope—reveals how the heavily […]

Aircraft can get higher and greener from doped fuels

Aircraft can get higher and greener from doped fuels

A team of researchers at UBC Okanagan are working on an exciting project that aims to develop cleaner jet fuel making use of graphene nano-materials. The research involves examining the combustion characteristics of microscopic graphene oxide inside fuel. The researchers were able to evaluate the doped fuel’s combustion rate using ultrafast and enhanced cameras as well […]

Meet Peek-a-Moo, a Data Visualization Tool for Dairy Cattle

Meet Peek-a-Moo, a Data Visualization Tool for Dairy Cattle

The Dairy Education and Research Centre (DERC) at the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems has developed an exciting data visualization tool which enables researchers to analyze comprehensive data on cattle herds. The tool, named ‘Peek-a-Moo’ can show statistical data on an individual cow’s eating and sleeping patterns and even their interactions with other […]

Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

A team of researchers from the Airborne Disease Transmission (ADT) Cluster of Research Excellence at UBC Okanagan are investigating the role of airflow, droplets and aerosols in the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The research involves carrying out various experiments in simulated real-world scenarios, such as classrooms, hospital rooms and dentist offices in […]

Help shape the culture and community of scholarly integrity at UBC

Help shape the culture and community of scholarly integrity at UBC

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies have launched a new Canvas course to support researchers and scholars in the responsible conduct of research, also known as scholarly integrity. The Canvas course invites members of the UBC research community and beyond to learn about and reflect upon the […]