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Research Coaches

Looking to gain some personal advice on how to get started in research as a Undergraduate? Need some tips and tricks on those cold emails to research professionals? Looking to discuss your favourite research topic with a keen ear?

Try talking to one of our research coaches! 

MAHTA AMANIAN

Hi! My name is Mahta and I studied Microbiology and Immunology. I developed a deep interest in research during high school and I had the opportunity to get involved with a lab at UBC in my first year. By shadowing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, I was inspired to further pursue research in my undergrad, which is why I also chose to study Microbiology & Immunology.   I have done both wet-lab research and bioinformatics. Currently, I am working on a Genome Wide Association Study to identify novel genetic and evolution markers involved in Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity. Throughout the years, I have gained many valuable experiences and I look forward to helping more students get involved with research! In my free time, I love listening to music, visiting museums, reading, and biking!

RYAN CHAN

Hi everyone! My name is Ryan, and I’m a fifth year student specializing in Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences. I’m an Undergraduate Researcher in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health studying dendritogenesis (the formation of dendrites) in developing neurons using in vivo imaging techniques. This past year, I was a co-op student with the Department of Psychiatry and the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute where I studied the outcomes of traumatic brain injury and psychiatric illnesses using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In my free time, I enjoy cooking, playing musical instruments, and being competitive on Duolingo. You can also find me hiking in the trails around Metro Vancouver. I look forward to connecting with you and answering any questions you may have about research!

CLAIRE CHUNG

Hi everyone! I am a fifth-year Pharmacology student at the University of British Columbia. Currently, I am working with the Lavoie Lab, which is located in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. My research focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms that regulate the innate immune system of preterm infants. I enjoy making music in my free time, especially in group ensembles, and can play five and a half instruments!

CANDICE CHUA

Hello! My name is Candice and I am a 5th year Honours Chemistry student. My research journey has taken me from molecular neurobiology to analytical chemistry to quantum physics, and beyond. I love trying new things, but seeking out these experiences can be challenging! I would love to chat about multidisciplinary research or what opportunities exist for you. Outside of research, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, painting, and writing.

RAFID HAQ

Hello, my name is Rafid, I am a 5th year student in Microbiology and Immunology, just coming off my co-op placement with the BC Children’s Hospital Division of Rheumatology. I held this position for 12 months, managing various clinical studies led by the rheumatologists at BC Children’s. I really enjoyed my time working there and appreciate all the experience I was able to gain in research, healthcare, and the general professional world. This is my second year being involved in URO, I’ve really enjoyed being able to help provide research opportunities to other students and talk about research with those interested. I have also been a part of the MURC Planning Committee for the past two years, helping put on one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in Canada. Outside of research I really enjoy playing all kinds of different sports, mainly soccer and basketball but I’m open to try a lot more. I also love going out with my friends on hikes, to go fishing or anywhere else outdoors under sunny weather. When it’s rainy or night I’ll usually be watching some Netflix show, anime or basketball/soccer game.

HELEN HSIAO

Hi, I’m Helen! I major in Microbiology and Immunology. I am currently doing research at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute. I’ve also done Orthopedics clinical research in the past. In my free time, I love binge watching Netflix, creating Spotify playlists, listening to rap music, and trying out matcha lattes at different coffee shops. I used to find research very intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! I am here to help you get started with research and explore what it has to offer! If you just need some advice or someone to talk to about navigating your BSc degree or choosing a major, I am also always down for a chat!

JENI HSING

Hi my name is Jeni and I am.from South Korea. I moved here for university and graduated with a degree in biochemistry, and I am moving to the UK to start my masters in genetics at Cambridge. I have an intense love for animals and am passionate about saving the environment

ANA IVKOV

Hi, I’m Ana! I spent 4.5 years at UBC, first completing my B.Sc. in Honours Behavioural Neuroscience and then a Master of Management at the Sauder School of Business. I was involved in research for most of my undergrad, from the REX Program through to working on my honours theses in third and fourth year at the Infant Studies Centre and Language Development Centre. My work has mostly been in the field of infant language development, with a focus on baby neuroimaging, bilingualism, and infant cognition. After graduation, I also had the opportunity to work on an exciting interdisciplinary project studying the effects of opera training on brain and behaviour. Now, I’m applying my research skills to a business context in a position at STEMCELL Technologies. When I’m not reading, talking, or learning about cool research (from my field and others!), I enjoy listening to music, going to the theatre, appreciating Vancouver’s natural beauty, and picking up new languages. I’m also really looking forward to helping more students find the research position that’s right for them this

SAMADHEE KALUARACHCHI

Hello, I’m Samadhee! I’m in my third year of the environmental sciences honours program, with a focus on the land, air, and water aspect. My first research project was through the REX program in first year. Then, after developing some computer skills relevant to my field through coursework, I looked for further opportunities. I love exploring the different areas of my interdisciplinary degree, so my past projects have varied in topic. They include ecology and population dynamics, geomorphology and rivers, and the transition from coal to renewable energy.

 

In my spare time, I love being outdoors, hiking, gardening, playing the piano, and taking photos of whatever catches my attention! I’m so excited to be a research coach this year and I’m always happy to chat about research!

LAVENIYA KUGATHASAN

My name is Laveniya and I graduated from UBC in 2020 with a BSc in Pharmacology. I am now back at UBC studying medicine and am currently in my first year of the program. In my spare time, I love to hike new trails and then wrap up an adventurous day with good food. Feel free to ask me any questions about life science, research, or even just about good places to hike nearby!

PRIYANSHU MAHEY

Hello! I’m Priyanshu, an integrated sciences student who is highly passionate about neuroscience! My passion lies in understanding the biology of the brain and how it works together with the rest of the body to allow humans to function. I love to play video games, read books and hang out with my friends in my free time. I’m really passionate about making stuff and love doing all sorts of crazy inventions. I love working with computers and technology and have found myself to be very passionate about building things that I am interested in. Currently, I have found myself to be very passionate about neurotechnology and making stuff that works using the signals found in the brain. In the future, I hope to become a neurosurgeon and work alongside technology to assist patients with any brain related issues. Beyond this, I am also very passionate about animals and biology in general. I love learning about living things and understanding their inner complexities.

MOHAMMAD OBAID

I was born and raised in the UK, but have lived in Canada for 10 years. Over that time, I’ve adjusted to a new culture and climate, but my hobbies and interests have mostly remained the same: watching stand-up comedy, playing rugby, and asking questions about how the world works. The latter interest drove me to pursue a degree in biophysics at UBC, where I also play for the men’s rugby team. In future, I hope to use physics and computational methods to study biological systems.

HRISHIKESH PATEL

I am a 4th year Physics & Mathematics student. I like various topics in Physics and Math, including (but not limited to) Quantum Information/Computing, Statistical Mechanics, Nuclear Physics and Combinatorics.

 

Whenever I am not swamped with courses, I like to work on interesting physics problems and quiz myself with math puzzles and riddles. I am also a massive triathlon enthusiast, my favorite discipline is the bike and I enjoy watching races – especially the ones with Brownlees. If you have any questions about research or want help with cold emailing profs or just want to chat about physics, hit me up!

STEPHANIE QUON

Hello! My name is Stephanie, and I am a third-year electrical engineering student at UBC. In the past, I was a summer student at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and a Work Learn student at a neuroscience lab at UBC. I have been part of UBC BEST (Biomedical Engineering Student Team) for the past two years, and I currently work part-time as a research assistant at the BC Centre for Disease Control. In my free time, I enjoy running, journalling, and reading!

CAITLYN SIU

My name is Caitlyn and I’m a Master’s student with an undergraduate degree in Integrated Sciences. I was first interested in getting into research after my first year of undergrad, so I emailed every professor I could find that was doing research in my areas of interest. I was able to volunteer in a microbiology lab and a genetics lab, and this experience helped me get a co-op position in orthopaedic clinical research. I’m excited to continue to be a part of URO this year, and to get involved in the research coach program!

NEALL STRUWIG

Hello, my name is Neall. I recently graduated with a B.Sc in honours Biophysics. My thesis revolved around analyzing fMRI data to produce functional brain networks. This involved using analysis software to see how alcohol can affect these functional brain networks. During my co-op, I worked at BC Children’s Hospital in the department of Rheumatology. My work there involved researching kids with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. At BCCH I was able to work alongside health care providers and researchers to understand the long term outcomes of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Moreover, I was also able to volunteer at Sports Cardiology BC as a research assistant. The research there looked at the heart conditions of master athletes (previously high performing athletes that now are in the latter half of life). I was able to help with spirometry data collection along with data manipulation. As for things outside of research, I enjoy any and all forms of fitness, cooking, and doing DIY projects. I love meeting new people, so please feel free to reach out to me if you need any research advice.

AMELIA TJOA

Hi! My name is Amelia and I just graduated with a B.Sc in Microbiology and Immunology, though my research has focussed on immunology specifically. Throughout my undergrad I’ve done research in ophthalmology, urological oncology, and immunology, and my most recent research foray was for my undergraduate thesis, studying the innate immune system. Specifically, I’ve been looking at this obscure population of immune cells called patrolling monocytes, and how they function in various disease states, including Alzheimer’s, obesity, and lung metastases in cancer. When I’m not being a lab nerd, I love to crochet – I’ve found that making stuffies of food is my sweet spot!