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  • May 3, 2016

    University Professor Phil Hieter has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hieter is one of only 84 new members being recognized for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. 

    Membership in the academy is one of the highest possible honors for scientists in the US. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and with the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other...

  • April 26, 2016

    Leonard Foster, a professor at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories, is co-leading the BeeOMICS project that will develop protein biomarkers to selectively breed honeybees for twelve economically valuable traits. Beekeepers across Canada will benefit by gaining useful tools to select improved bee colonies that are pest-free, disease-resistant and produce more honey.

    Around the world there has been an alarming decrease of the honeybee population which directly impacts humans on many levels. Even the great modern scientist, Albert Einstein, once prophetically said “mankind will not survive...

  • March 23, 2016

    The most common polymer on earth is cellulose, the major structural component of plant cell walls. However we have very little knowledge, at the molecular level, of how cellulose is synthesised. In a collaboration with the group of Jochen Zimmer at the University of Virginia, the Withers laboratory has provided "snapshots" of the process of synthesis. To get these insights the Withers laboratory synthesised a series analogues of the natural building blocks used by the enzyme responsible for cellulose assembly -cellulose synthase- that had been designed to "freeze-frame" the synthetic...

  • November 5, 2015

    This article was first published in the website of UBC’s Centre for Blood Research (CBR). It has been reposted here with their permission.

    Uncontrolled blood loss is the most common cause of death in severe trauma, which cumulatively results in more than five million deaths per year. Similarly, post-partum hemorrhage is the most common cause of maternal mortality. Among these patients, uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death. In open wounds, bleeding can be controlled, in part, by delivering therapeutics topically to the damaged blood vessels. However,...

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