C2D2 encompasses biomedical research groups from the Departments of Biological Science (BISC), Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MBB), Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK), Chemistry (CHEM), and Physics (PHYS).

Esther Verheyen (Co-Director, MBB) • Website

    epithelial cell communication, signaling pathways, cancer, endocytosis, cytoskeletal regulation

Damon Poburko (Co-Director, BPK) • Website

    cellular neuroscience, mitochondrial physiology, smooth muscle contraction, vasomotor regulation

Tim Audas (MBB) • Website

    Long noncoding RNAs, stress responses, oncogenes

Christopher Beh (MBB) • Website

    lipid signaling and transport within cells, cell polarization, intracellular trafficking and disease

Timothy Beishlag (FHS) • Website

    response to environmental stimuli, anoxia, contaminants

Sheryl Bisgrove (BISC) • Website

    cell and developmental biology in plants and algae, cytoskeleton, control of growth and development in response to environmental cues

Lorena Braid (MBB) 

    Mesenchymal Stem, Stromal Cells

Jonathan Choy (MBB) • Website

    Immune system, T cells, cytokines, nitric oxide, nitric oxide synthases, cell death, transplantation, arterial disease

Julian Christians (BISC) • Website

    placental and bone physiology, IGF signalling, IGF binding proteins

David Clarke (BPK)  • Website

    quantitative exercise biology, cellular adaptations to exercise-related stressors

Tom Claydon (BPK) • Website

    cardiac potassium ion channels, fluorescence-based electrophysiology

Nancy Forde (PHYS) • Website

    collagen mechanics and homeostasis; osteoarthritis and other connective tissue diseases

Sharon Gorski (MBB) • Website

    autophagy, apoptosis, cell stress, cancer, treatment resistance, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer

Julian Guttman (BISC) • Website

    host-pathogen interactions, bacteria, epithelial cells, cytoskeleton, endocytosis, bioterrorism, enteric infections

Nick Harden (MBB) • Website

    epithelial development, synaptic plasticity, signal transduction, developmental biology, wound healing, neurodegenerative disease

Nancy Hawkins (MBB) • Website

    Wnt signaling, dishevelled, asymmetric cell division, hcf-1C. elegans

Harald Hutter (BISC) • Website

    nervous system development, neuronal circuit formation, axon pathfinding

Valentin Jaumouillé (MBB) • Website

    Innate immunity, Mechanobiology, Cytoskeleton dynamics, Cancer immunology, Host-pathogen interactions

Lisa Julian (BISC) • Website

    stem cell and developmental biology, cellular neuroscience, human pluripotent stem cell models, rare disease

Charles Krieger (BPK) • Website

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, synapse, neurons, protein kinases, adducin, neurodegenerative disease, Drosophila

Frank Lee (FHS) • Website

    Dopamine signalling, protein-protein interactions

Michel Leroux (MBB) • Website

    cilia, disease, sensory biology, signalling, development, cytoskeleton, motors, trafficking, genetics, genomics

Carl Lowenberger (BISC) • Website

    host-parasite interactions, RNAi, apoptosis, innate immunity, Dengue, antimicrobial peptides

Gregg Morin (MBB adjunct; UBC; BC Cancer Agency) • Website

    RNA processing in cancer, proteomics

Masahiro Niikura (FHS) • Website

    viruses-host interactions, Marek’s disease virus, immunity

Ed Park (MSE) • Website

    biomechatronics, biorobotics, biomedical engineering

Damon Poburko (BPK) • Website

    smooth muscle physiology, Ca2+ signaling, mitochondria, hypertension, synaptic organization

Zamir Punja (BISC) • Website

    plant-fungal pathogen interactions, cell and molecular aspects of disease development in plants infected by microbes, fungal development processes

Lynne Quarmby (MBB) • Website

    cilia, cell cycle, cytoskeleton, genetics, calcium signalling

Gordon Rintoul (BISC) • Website

    neurodegeneration, mitochondrial dynamics, intracellular calcium homeostasis, reactive oxygen species, optic neuropathies, fluorescence microscopy

Peter Ruben (BPK) • Website

    Voltage-gated sodium channels, Structure/function, Pathophysiology, Channelopathies, Cardiac arrhythmias, Epilepsy, Electrophysiology

Michael Silverman (BISC) • Website


Bingyun Sun (CHEM) • Website

    proteomics, cell surface proteins, embryonic stem cells, N-glycosylation, biomarkers, methodology development for sensitive proteomics

Glen Tibbits (BPK) • Website

    cardiac excitation-contraction coupling, inherited cardiac arrhythmias, congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies

Ian Tietjen (FHS) •  Website

    viral pathogenesis, antiviral discovery, HIV latency, flaviviruses

Peter Unrau (MBB) • Website

    ribozymes, evolution, RNA world

Amandio Vieira (BPK)  

    nutrition and metabolism; nutrient carrier proteins; endocytic transport of nutrients; cellular redox balance and oxidative stress; amyloidogenic diseases; epigenetics

David Vocadlo (MBB, CHEM) • Website

    chemical biology; glycobiology; neurodegenerative diseases; imaging probes; protein stability; metabolic engineering; enzyme inhibitors

Ly Vu (MBB) • Website

     post-transcriptional and translational regulation during normal and malignant hematopoiesis