Jennifer Bigman
PhD Student
(Department of Biological Sciences)

Travel Report

PhD student Jennifer Bigman used a SFU Graduate International and Research Award to fund her sample collecting trip to the east coast of the U.S. Through her research on the physiological basis of life histories and population dynamics, she is pursuing the ability to "predict the relative risk of extinction for a species based on its underlying physiology." In particular, her interest in understanding more about the threat of extinction to sharks and rays led her to join a group of other researchers who are surveying the waters of the Atlantic for these threatened vertebrates. Read more...


Xiao Mei Kuang
PhD Student
(Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)

Travel Report

PhD student Tallie Kuang broadened her research training with valuable research experience gained at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV in Durban, South Africa. In particular, she developed expertise in single HIV genome amplification methods that are useful for characterizing latent HIV-infected cells from patients. She and her lab colleagues are now using those techniques at SFU. Read more...

Nicolas Salcedo
PhD Student
(Department of Biological Sciences)

Travel Report

Biological Sciences PhD student Nicolas Salcedo traveled to the renowned public health research institution Fundação Oswaldo Cruz in Brazil to work with Dr. Alessandra Guarneri in the Vector Behaviour and Pathogen Interaction Group. There, he gained expertise on rearing kissing bugs, which are involved in the transmission of Chaga disease, and performing genetic experiments on bugs treated with gene silencing agents.  Read more...

Jayme Lewthwaite
PhD Student
(Department of Biological Sciences)

Travel Report

Biological Sciences PhD student Jyme Lewthwaite spent ~four months at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.. During her time there, she digitized the Lepidoptera records of Canadian butterfly species held by the Smithsonian's entomology collection, making these valuable records accessible to like-minded researchers.  Read more...

Chapin Korosec
MSc Student
(Department of Physics)

Travel Report

With the help of a Graduate International Research Travel Award, Physics MSc student Chapin Korosec went to Lund University in Lund, Sweden. There, he worked with collaborator Heiner Linke on experiments aimed to assess the properties of an artificially designed molecular motor developed in the lab of his SFU supervisor Dr. Nancy Forde.  Read more...

Dr. John Thompson
PhD Graduand
(Department of Chemistry)

2017 Recipient of Governor General's Gold Medal

John Thompson has academic success down to a science, specifically chemistry. The new PhD grad leaves SFU with an A+ cumulative grade point average, 15 publications to his name and a 2015 Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award. His thesis on the design of highly birefringent materials was accepted with the rarely used “Category 1” designation, “Thesis accepted without changes.” Read more...

Dr. Ross Churchley
PhD Graduand
(Department of Mathematics)

2017 Dean of Grad Studies Convocation Medal Recipient

Dr. Ross Churchley's dissertation, Odd Disjoint Trails and Totally Odd Graph Immersions, contributes to a deeper understanding of graph immersions and related open problems of structural graph theory. His research is related to the Hadwiger conjecture, one of the deepest unsolved problems in graph theory, and his dissertation results have already attracted the attention of top researchers around the world. Read more... 

Danielle Jeong
MSc Graduand
(Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology)

2017 Dean of Grad Studies Convocation Medal Recipient

As a young child, Danielle Jeong was fascinated with the “cool tools” her family doctor used, but it took a World Vision TV commercial to convince the then 5-year-old Jeong that medicine was her destiny. Read more...

Alexandra Kasper
MSc Student
(Department of Physics)

3 Minute Thesis Finalist - Spring 2017

Alexandra is a Master's student in the Physics program, specializing in theoretical biophysics with a focus on the statistics of molecular motors. As a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. David Sivak, she is the recipient of the CD Nelson Memorial Graduate Entrance Scholarship and NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship.  Read more...

Alexandra Pulwicki
MSc Student
(Department of Earth Sciences)

3 Minute Thesis Finalist - Spring 2017

Alexandra Pulwicki's active lifestyle of backcountry and cross-country skiing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and farming has led to her interest in glaciology. Combined with her passion for the outdoors, Alexandra is now working on a multi-scale investigation of snow accumulation on alpine glaciers under the supervision of  Dr. Gwenn Flowers.  Read more...

Dr. Kim van Schooten
Postdoc
(Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology)

Postdoc Profile

Dr. Kim van Schooten has always been intrigued by ageing and by how age-related changes affect daily-life behavior. Her research on why and how older people fall will inspire interventions to help people around the world.Read more...

Sara Ejtemaee
PhD Student
(Department of Physics)

2016 Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Award

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Science, Dr. Sara Ejtemaee is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal.  Read more...

Dan Peach
PhD Student
(Department of Biological Sciences)

A Day in the Life of a Graduate Student

Biological Sciences PhD Student and 2016 Three Minute Thesis winner Dan Peach suggests getting outdoors to unwind and energy drinks to get going again. Read more...

Chantelle Lachance
PhD Student
(Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology)

APEX Certificate Graduate

Chantelle Lachance knew that she wanted to pursue her dream of landing an academic career. But she was not exactly sure how to set herself apart from her competition. She had her sights set on landing a postdoctoral fellowship after her doctoral work—the first step towards her goals to stay in academia—and wanted to learn strategies for finding those opportunities. Read more...

Benjamin Britton
PhD Student
(Department of Chemistry)

From Student to CEO

He’s educated in the fields of political science, theology, business and English but it’s his fascination with chemistry that led SFU PhD student Benjamin Britton to commercialize a new membrane that has significant ramifications for a wide variety of manufacturing processes. Read more...

Dr. Manuel Lasalle
Postdoc
(Department of Chemistry)

Postdoc Profile: Dr. Manuel Lasalle

Modern drug development strategies imply targeting the right patient inside a global population. But what if we could take this concept a step further? What if instead of only targeting the right patient, we could also target a specific organ within the patient? This challenge is the reason why Dr. Manuel Lasalle wakes up every single day! Read more...

Pau Farré
PhD Student
(Department of Physics)

Travel Report: Furthering my Research on how Eukaryotic Cell DNA Generates and Maintains Complex Structures in the Nucleus

Physics Doctoral student Pau Farré traveled to the National Centre for Scientific Research/Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Toulouse, France for a summer term research stint in the lab of Dr. Olivier Cuvier. Read more...

Dr. Emma Griffiths
Postdoc
(Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)

From Evolution to Epidemiological Outbreak Analysis: Putting Genomics Research to Practical Use in Public Health

Some people read the Sports section first, others read about current events, entertainment or even check their horoscopes, when they pick up a newspaper or check the news online. Not Dr. Emma Griffiths. She scans the headlines for food recalls and cases of food and waterborne infectious disease. Recently, the pickings have been easy... Read more...

Dr. Thomas Flower
Postdoc
(Department of Biological Sciences)

Profile: Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

In 2014, Dr. Tom Flower made headlines around the world with his research into how African birds named fork-tailed drongos can mimic the 50+ alarm sounds made by over 30 different bird species — and even meerkats — in order to steal the food the fleeing animals leave behind. Read more...

Dr. Tiffany-Anne Timbers
Postdoc
(Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)

Profile: Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Timbers will be working in the Leroux Laboratory at SFU, the major research hub in Canada for the study of cilia, the specialized structures which act as “cellular antennae” in cells in all organs. Cilia play key roles in sensation such as vision, touch and olfaction. Read more...

Dr. Lianne Willems
Postdoc
(Department of Chemistry)

Profile: Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Willems will be working with Dr. David Vocadlo, Department of Chemistry, to collaborate on his lab's advanced research that aims to advance our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms that underly neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Read more...

Kwangjin Park
PhD student
(Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)

Profile: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Until the 1990s, most scientists did not think that the cilia, or hair-like structures on mammalian cells, had any function. In just the last two decades, researchers have linked ciliary defects to a number of human diseases, including polycystic kidney disease, retinal degeneration and many other genetic disorders. Read more...

Kathleen Prosser
PhD Student
(Department of Chemistry)

Profile: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Kathleen is working to improve upon current chemotherapeutic treatments of cancer which are limited by acquired resistance, a small range of activity and high toxicity. Through the synthesis of new compounds, and a careful examination of their fundamental chemical behaviour, these issues can be addressed at a molecular level. Read more...

Samantha Wilson
PhD Student
(Department of Biological Sciences)

Profile: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Sockeye salmon have always been a major staple in the economy and diet in the Pacific Northwest, particularly for First Nations groups. In some recent years, sockeye salmon runs have been unexpectedly low, leading to unprecedented closures of fisheries. Samantha Wilson has dedicated her career to researching the causes of these declines, believed in part to result from a changing ocean food web. Read more...

Dr. Kamyar Ilkchy
PhD Graduand
(Department of Biological Sciences)

Recipient of Governor General's Gold Medal

According to MIT News, the best way to predict technological innovation is through an engineering formula called Moore’s Law. Or, you could just keep an eye on physics PhD graduand Kamyar Saeedi Ilkhchy. Dr. Ilkchy's doctoral research into quantum computers has not only earned him international headlines but was recently honored with a Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded for achieving the highest academic standing in a PhD program. Read more...

Dr. Sean Anderson
PhD Graduand
(Department of Biological Sciences)

Recipient of Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal

The intersection of  large datasets, statistical modelling, visualization, and conservation biology has proven to be a sweet spot for Dr. Sean Anderson. He completed his doctorate in biology in just four years. In that time, he published three software packages and 16 peer-reviewed papers on top of five papers published from his Master's research. Read more...

Dr. Vilaiwan Fernandes
PhD Graduand
(Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry)

Recipient of Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal

Dr. Vilaiwan Fernandes says, "I am the child of a Thai mother and an Indian father, and moved to Canada from India when I was 16. This has left me uncomfortable nearly everywhere except somewhere in the middle and, in part, has even defined my approach to science. For my B.Sc. I majored in Ecology and Evolution and minored in Mathematics." Read more...