Faculty of Science: Best of 2010

Fire up the antimatter generator, Scotty
SFU physicist Mike Hayden and his PhD student Mohammad Dehghani are members of an international team of scientists who were the first to find a way to hold antihydrogen atoms long enough to study their characteristics. They created a complicated magnetic bottle in which the antimatter can be stored, without ever touching the walls.

Hybrid biochip fosters faster DNA analysis
SFU chemist Paul Li struck gold in the research world by combining nanometer-scale particles of gold with two powerful molecular biology tools on a hybrid biochip to permit DNA analysis at room temperature.
The invention promises to revolutionize researchers’ ability to probe biological samples and detect genes for forensic analysis, disease detection and drug development.

Royal Society recognizes SFU biologist
Bernard Crespi, renowned globally for his experimental and theoretical contributions to evolutionary biology, was SFU’s 40th scholar to
be named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Dr. Mosquito’ strikes again with insect ‘LEGO blocks’
Biology professor Carl Lowenberger–affectionately known as Dr. Mosquito for his role in SFU’s Spread the Net anti-malarial bed-nets-to-Africa campaign—received a $100,000 Grand Challenges exploration grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is using the funds to further his research into how insects can help in the creation of better antibiotics.

Students’ genomics video gets thumbs up
Six science students clinched first prize for the best short film on genomics and health in Gene Screen B.C.’s first film competition. Suraaj Aulakh, Cindy Li, Charles Stevens, Kelly Kim, Daniel Chiang and Linda Zhang, all first-year grad students in molecular biology and biochemistry, took the $3,500 top prize for their entry Sequence me. The seven-minute fictional piece chronicles the emotional journey of a young man who decides to sequence his genome after his sister dies of a genetic disorder.