Professor Pieter Cullis has informed us that he will be stepping down as Director of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) effective July 31, 2017 in order to focus on his active research program. We thank Dr. Cullis for directing the LSI since July 2013, a period of rapid research growth for the institute. During his term as Director, Dr. Cullis championed the expansion of UBC’s personalized medicine profile, fostering collaborations between LSI researchers and clinical practitioners. He strengthened the LSI research community by helping to secure major interdisciplinary research and graduate training proposals, and by organizing two very successful Personalized Medicine Summits in June 2015 and June 2017. Thank you, Pieter, for all of your efforts.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Drs. Michael Gold, Leonard Foster and Edwin Moore as interim co-directors of the Life Sciences Institute effective August 1, 2017.
Dr. Michael Gold is a professor and department head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Faculty of Science. Dr. Gold’s lab investigates cytoskeletal dynamics, receptor mobility and B Cell activation. In 2007, Dr. Gold received the Canadian Society for Immunology’s Cinader Award for career achievements and earned a Faculty of Science Killam Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching. He joined UBC in 1991.
Dr. Leonard Foster is a professor and the interim head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medicine. He currently leads the UBC Proteomics Centre and collaborates with a wide variety of researchers to apply proteomic technologies to diverse biological problems. He is currently the Canada Foundation for Innovation Advisor to the VP Research. He joined UBC in 2005.
Dr. Edwin Moore is a professor and the interim head of the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine. His current Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded research is based on the discovery that proteins within the dyadic cleft are dynamically repositioned by both physiological and pathological factors. He joined UBC in 1995.
This coming November, Dr. Cullis will be formally recognized at the Faculty of Medicine Full Faculty meeting for his leadership and contributions over the past four years.
Dermot Kelleher, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci
Dean | Faculty of Medicine
Simon Peacock, PhD
Dean | Faculty of Science