Young UBC researchers receive $5.7 M in Vanier, Banting awards

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Media Release August 22, 2014

University of British Columbia doctoral and postdoctoral researchers have impressed federal agencies to the tune of $5.7 million in funding from two separate programs.

Thirty-two UBC doctoral students were awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships allowing them to continue research in fields as varied as music therapy, genomics and sports-related head trauma. Vanier scholars receive $50,000 a year for three years.

In addition, six UBC postdoctoral researchers were recognized by the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Each researcher is awarded $140,000 over two years.

The Vanier and Banting awards were created to develop homegrown research excellence and make Canada a magnet for the best and brightest international talent. Funding for this year’s 166 Vanier scholarships and 70 Banting fellowships totals more than $34 million.

The announcements were made recently by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

The full announcement can be found here


Here is a complete list of UBC’S 2014 Vanier Scholars and their fields of study:

Sonja Babovic

Cell biology

Developmental changes in human hematopoietic stem cell control and their relevance to leukemia

Beth Clark

Psychosocial/health behavioural research

Reducing LGBTQ youth health inequity: Effectiveness of school-based population health interventions
Philip Edgcumbe


Augmented Reality Elastography Navigation Aid (ARENA) for Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery

Alessio Gallina

Muscle, bone or joint

Are motor control dysfunctions related to the clinical presentation of knee osteoarthritis?

Bita Imam


WiiNWalk: Evaluation of the Nintendo Wii Fit to Enhance Walking in Older Adults with Lower Limb Amputation

Md Nazrul Islam

Population Health

Predictors of online STIs/HIV intervention diffusion patterns across subgroups of young people in British Columbia.

Andrea Jones

Mental Health

Diamond in the rough: Identifying factors of resilience in a socially marginalized population

Crystal Karakochuk


Investigating Risk Factors for Chronic Undernutrition in Cambodian Children

Jake Lever

Genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics

Personalized treatment of glioblastoma using machine-learning driven network analysis of drug sensitivity data

Victor Li

Health research

Peptide-mediated clearance of beta-amyloid for Alzheimer’s disease therapy

Erin Macri

Muscle, bone, or joint

Patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis: a targeted physiotherapy RCT in an overlooked condition

David Twa


The significance of recurrent translocations involving programmed death ligands in non-Hodgkin lymphomas

Alexander Wright


A multidisciplinary approach to sport-related head trauma: using biomechanics, cerebrovascular physiology, neurocognitive function, and neuroimaging towards understanding and diagnosing concussion

Eric Bowes

Inorganic chemistry

Rational catalyst design: towards methane functionalization

Kaylee Byers

Evolution and ecology

Rats, parasites and their associated pathogens: understanding host-parasite dynamics in an urban ecosystem. The population genetics of vectors and their pathogens, the evolutionary relationships between ectoparasites and their hosts, and the differences in parasite assemblages between introduced and resident Vancouver rats

Archa Rowan Cockett


An integrated framework for coupled geophysical and fluid flow inversions for enhancing quantitative cross-disciplinary communication

Charles Copeland

Plant And tree biology

Characterizing the role of protein degradation in the negative regulation of R protein-mediated plant immunity

Lindsey Heagy


Investigating the application of electromagnetic geophysical methods for hydraulic fracture characterization

Sahan Ranamukhaarachchi

Biomedical engineering

Targeted microneedle insertion for epidermal vaccine delivery and biosensing

Hans Zahn

Biomedical engineering

The development of microfluidic technology for high-throughput genotyping of single cancer cells

Ronald Darvin


Digital identities, educational inequities: Investigating social class and new literacies of migrant Filipino youth in the knowledge economy

Kari Grain


Service-learning education at home and abroad: A critical comparative study

Richie Khatami

Political Science

The feeling of cohesion: understanding and cultivating empathy in a multicultural society

Jennifer Lay


Overcoming barriers to social engagement: Exploring associations between self-esteem, social self-efficacy, everyday helping behaviour, and well-being in older adults

Jacqueline Lerner

Urban And Regional Studies, Environmental Studies

If you built it, will they come? Using historical development patterns to improve prediction and mitigation of cumulative environmental impacts

Miriam Matejova

Political Science

Navigating the geopolitics of the Arctic through the energy and environmental security lens

Paige Patchin


Securitizing Amazonia: ‘Round-up’ in Colombia, Brazil, and the United States

Ashley Pullman


Skilling women: the gendered distribution of vocational Education in Canada

Justin Ritchie

Urban and regional studies, environmental studies

Measuring investment footprints: a quantitative approach to understanding the life-cycle impacts of financial decisions

Sam Stiegler


Investigating educational experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming school leavers

Jeremy Stone

Urban and regional studies, environmental studies

Discursive gentrification: neighborhoods, resistance, and the tragedy of the urban commons

UBC’s 2014 Banting Postdoctoral Fellows:

Louis-Philippe Bernier

Characterization of the acute morphological and functional response of microglia to decreased oxygen levels and study of the mechanisms underlying microglial dynamic motility.

Menno J Oudhoff

The role of Set7 in Intestinal Stem Cells during Regeneration and Cancer

Ekaterina Smolina

The impact of socioeconomic inequalities in drug prescribing on health outcomes

Kimberly C. Wiegand

The characterization and targeting of novel tumour suppressor genes and activated stroma in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

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