Postdoc Research Day on Monday, December 2nd
sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies
Our biggest event of the year is coming up! Postdoc Research Day is a full day of interdisciplinary talks by postdocs at UBC in a fantastic venue at a large capacity.
Everyone is welcome to attend, but only UBC affiliated postdocs can present.
Abstract submission has closed now, but we are still accepting registrations until Nov 30 at noon!
Find the abstract book here: https://bit.ly/35JGb6e
Where? Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, UBC Campus
When? Monday, December 2nd
Research Day: 9 am – 5.30 pm
Evening reception from 5:30 pm onwards (networking + dinner)
This year’s speaker line-up is showcasing the diversity of research by postdocs at UBC!
08:30 – 09:00 Registration (Atrium)
09:00-09:15 Welcome & Introduction, Dr. Daniel Anstett, President UBC PDA (Lecture Theatre)
09:15 – 10:30 Research Session 1 (Lecture Theatre)
09:15-09:30 Dr. Victoria Hemming, Forestry
Who to trust? How to derive improved quantitative judgements from experts for models and decisions
09:30-09:45 Dr. Rohan Abraham, BC Cancer Research Centre
Machine Learning CADx process for classification of sub-cm Lung nodules in the PanCan study
09:45-10:00 Dr. Jesse Chao, Cell & Physiological Sciences
A premalignant cell-based model for functionalization and classification of PTEN variants
10:00-10:05 Dr. Marita Rodriguez, Engineering
3D Bioprinted human cardiac tissues for toxicity screening applications
10:05-10:10 Dr. Doris Chow, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Eyes as a window to global motion perception: A validation of an oculomotor tracking task to assess motion sensitivity in depth
10:10-10:15 Dr. Angelica Araujo de Melo Maia, Education
What does it take to be (come) an inclusive teacher?
10:15-10:20 Dr. Kiran Pawar, Department of Medicine, ICORD
Non-invasive chronic spinal stimulation as multi-session therapy to improve cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury
10:20-10:25 Dr. Dustin Heeney, Food Science
The green wave of medicine: Exploring the anti-inflammatory potential of Canadian hemp to treat irritable bowel disease
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break (Atrium)
11:00-12:15 Research Session 2 (Lecture Theatre)
11:00-11:15 Dr. Antonin Machac, Biodiversity
Diversity dynamics across scales
11:15-11:30 Dr. Omid Haji-Ghassemi, Biochemistry
Modification of heart channel proteins via stress signalling
11:30-11:45 Dr. Peifan Wu, Vancouver School of Economics
Firm demographics and the Great Recession
11:45-11:50 Dr. Chelsea Little, Zoology
Animals link ecosystems through resource movement
11:50-11:55 Dr. Christina Gray, Architecture
Architectural clients in the era of consumer empowerment
11:55-12:00 Dr. Sarah Grasedieck, Michael Smith Laboratories
Vitamin C-induced epigenomic remodelling as a preventive therapy for leukemic transformation
12:00-12:05 Dr. Lisanne de Vries, Wood Science
Plants are alternative for fossil fuels
12:05-12:10 Dr. Jon Breen, Occupational Science & Therapy
Measuring workplace attitude towards disabled employees
12:15-13:30 Lunch (Atrium)
12:45-13:30 Townhall (Lecture Theatre)
13:30-14:15 Research Session 3 (Lecture Theatre)
13:30-13:45 Dr. Elvin Ong, Public policy & Global affairs
Is it worth it? Building opposition alliances in electoral autocracies
13:45-14:00 Dr. Rohan Khadilkar, Cell & Physiological Sciences
Stem cell-niche interactions regulate signalling micro environment and innate immune response in Drosophila
14:00-14:15 Dr. Emanuel Serban, Engineering
New solar power conservation architecture for renewable energy systems
14:15-14:30 Short break
14:30-15:30 Keynote Lecture by Dr. Josef Penninger, From haploid stem cells to blood vessel engineering (Lecture Theatre)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break (Atrium)
16:00-17:15 Postdoc Careers Panel Discussion (Lecture Theatre)
17:15-17:30 Prizes & Wrap-up (Lecture Theatre), Dr. Daniel Anstett, President UBC PDA
17:30 onwards Evening Reception Drinks & light supper
In addition to the interdisciplinary talks by postdocs, there will be a keynote lecture by Dr. Josef Penninger about his research “From Haploid stem cells to blood vessel engineering” and about experience in academia and industry and his path to becoming the director of the Life Sciences Institute at UBC.
Josef Martin Penninger, born in Gurten, Austria, is an Austrian geneticist and the Canada 150 Research Chair in Functional Genetics. Dr. Penninger is currently the Director of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of British Columbia. He studied medicine at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Ontario Cancer Institute, thereafter until 2002 at the Department of Immunology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. As Principal Investigator of Amgen, his independent lab contributed to the development of the antibody Denosumab for bone loss and also found the first connection for RANKL to mammary gland development in pregnancy and breast cancer. In 2002, he moved to Vienna, Austria to start and develop the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which is now the largest and most successful institute of the Academy based on high impact publications and the number of European Research Council grants received.
Dr. Penninger envisions to recreate this environment at the LSI to nurture and train the best and brightest young minds of UBC scholars. His major accomplishments include pioneering insights into the molecular basis of osteoporosis, breast cancer and metastasis, and he has published extensively in several multidisciplinary scientific journals, with over 60 publications in Cell, Nature, and Science. He has received numerous awards including the Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Federal Government. the Descartes Prize for Research, the Ernst Jung Prize for Medical Excellence, the Innovator Award of the US Department of Defense, and most recently the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art First Class.
During lunch, we will hold our first ever Postdoc Townhall Meeting
The UBC PDA wants to hear from you! As the independent organization working to represent all UBC postdoctoral fellows and advocate on their behalf, the PDA would love to hear about your life postdoc-ing! Should we have more coffee parties or pub crawls? Are you satisfied with your professional development opportunities? How about that extended benefits package? Come chat with the PDA exec team and help us prepare an advocacy agenda that represents you!
An industry focused career panel in the afternoon will feature representatives from local companies that are employing PhDs (to be announced). This year’s line-up for the career panel includes:
Dr. Theresa Grieco, STEMCELL technologies
Dr. Ellen Schelew, Lumerical Inc.
Dr. Conny Lin, College of Pharmacists BC
Dr. Friderike Moon, Science World
Dr. Stefanie Vogt, AbCellera
Dr. Sherry Wang, Genome Sciences Centre
We are looking forward to seeing you at Postdoc Research Day 2019!