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Research Initiatives

Bio-Economy Research, Innovation & Education (BERIE)

BERIE comprises a multi-disciplinary research team of scientists, engineers, and market and policy experts, which brings together five UBC strategic research centres in support of bio-economy research & education. BERIE is working towards the extraction of high-value products from renewable biomass sources to meet current global challenges in the sustainable production of fuels, chemical intermediates, and materials.

Affiliated MSL faculty: Prof. Harry BrumerProf. James Kronstad, Prof. Steven Withers

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Working on Walls

Working on Walls (WoW) was a six-year NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program (2009-2015).  The CREATE training program focused on graduate student and postdoctoral training in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and international environment. The scientific focus of WoW was the biosynthesis of plant cell walls and the practical implications of cell wall research. The training focus of WoW was to offer a small group of students and post-doctoral fellows a rigorous and effective post-graduate experience anchored in an integrated set of cell wall research projects balanced with development of a wide array of transferable professional skills. WoW alumni will be prepared to pursue excellence in a number of professional careers.

Affiliated MSL Faculty: Prof. Leonard Foster, Prof. Brian Ellis, Prof Harry Brumer