Alumni Profiles


Antoinette Cheung 


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Antoinette Cheung graduated from the UBC-BCIT joint Honors in Biotechnology program in 2008. After graduation, she began working at SignalChem Pharmaceuticals as a research assistant, where she supported the development and quality assurance of antibody products. In 2012, Antoinette received her Master of Public Health at the University of Manchester. During her first year of studies in the program, Antoinette continued working at SignalChem. Continue Reading →


Caitlin Der


Caitlin DerCaitlin Der graduated from the UBC-BCIT Honours in Biotechnology program in 2010. During her time in the program, she had the opportunity to partake in a total of three co-op work terms. In her first co-op placement, Caitlin worked at a UBC plant lab investigating the invasiveness of plants using bioinformatics and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Her second position involved environmental analysis at an industrial company.  Continue Reading →


Dona Sharma


Dona Sharma-1Dona Sharma is currently pursuing her PharmD in the Entry to Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program at UBC. She has also been part of the Drug Delivery Division at the Centre of Drug Research and Development (CDRD), a Canadian non-profit organization, for the last 5 years in the role of an Analytical Technician. In 2010 Dona earned her BSc. degree from the UBC-BCIT Honours in Biotechnology program. Continue Reading →


Eliana Pouchard


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After graduating from the joint UBC-BCIT Honours in Biotechnology program in 2011, Eliana Pouchard worked at Response Biomedical, Viva Pharmaceuticals, Abbott and then Johnson & Johnson in Toronto. Eliana’s work has ranged from cardiovascular research, olfactory research and ophthalmology to natural health products. Eliana had always wanted to work in Big Pharma and Johnson & Johnson is a good fit for her as Toronto has a larger biotechnology industry than Vancouver. Continue Reading →


Grace Leung


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Dr. Grace Leung graduated from the UBC-BCIT Honours in Biotechnology program in 2008 and promptly commenced her PhD in Genetics at UBC. Studying as a PhD student with Dr. Michael Kobor at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Grace co-authored four publications investigating the DNA damage protein Rtt107 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. After completing her PhD in 2014, Grace began pursuing her postdoctoral fellowship in the oncology group at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Continue Reading →


Helen Wong


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A Vancouver resident since age 12, Helen Wong graduated from the UBC-BCIT Honours in Biotechnology Program and later pursued a Master in Science degree in Experimental Medicine at UBC. Helen completed her Master’s thesis on the presence of protein deposits in the pancreas that are correlated to type II diabetes.  Through the co-op program, Helen has previously worked for two academic research labs at UBC, a federally funded research lab in Germany and within the biotechnology industry at Amgen. Continue Reading →


Maria Aristizabal 


Maria_Aristizabal_photo1A graduate from the UBC-BCIT joint Biotechnology program, Dr.Maria J Aristizabal is currently working at the laboratory of Dr. Michael S. Kobor’s Lab at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT).   Following the completion of her Doctoral degree in Genetics in February 2015, Maria now independently conducts her own post-doctorate research focused on the molecular mechanisms of gene expression regulation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism. Continue Reading →


Mark McCabe


Mark McCabe1After graduating from the joint Biotechnology program at UBC and BCIT in 2008, Mark McCabe began work for the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) Public Health Laboratory (PHL). His involvement in communicable disease surveillance and outbreak response with the PHL inspired him to pursue a Master of Public Health at UBC. He is now an epidemiologist or “disease detective” with the BCCDC Communicable Disease Prevention and Control team. Continue Reading →


Petra Schreiner 


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Petra Schreiner graduated from the UBC-BCIT Honours in Biotechnology Program in 2010. During her co-op experiences Petra moved from ICORD to the James Hogg Research Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital, and then to Tekmira Pharmaceuticals. Driven by a passion for science, Petra has had laboratory jobs in three different sectors: academic, public and industry. Continue Reading →


Thomas Fung


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Dr. Thomas Fung graduated from the UBC-BCIT Biotechnology program in 2010 and obtained his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He currently works as a postdoctoral scholar under Dr. Elaine Hsiao at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the links between the gut microbiota and the neuroimmune system in the context of neurological disorders, including autism, anxiety and depression. Continue Reading →