December 2012

Happy Holidays

2012 was an eventful year for the genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC program. Our first year of the three-year pilot program laid the foundation for a collaborative network of researchers, natural resource stakeholders, students and entrepreneurial partners. We developed two modules, Genomic Education and Communications Education, as the first phase of a comprehensive series of entrepreneurship education modules aimed at the specific needs of the natural resource sector. The program welcomed its first interns, two new team members and established a Steering Committee.We look forward to a productive 2013 and wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee has been established under the Genome Canada Entrepreneurial Education Program to provide guidance to the genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC program. Steering Committee members are as follows:

We thank the Steering Committee members for their commitment and we look forward to their support over the coming year as we continue to build the program and deliver our objectives.

Internship Program

Can we help you enhance the impact of your natural-resource project? If so, apply to our internship program!

The genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC Internship Program provides opportunities for students to explore the ways in which their respective disciplines can contribute to the uptake of genomics research project outcomes. Internships may involve students from our Research Partner projects being hosted by stakeholders or collaborators, or having students from other disciplines join research teams.

Internship funding is available. For more information, please visit

What have our interns been doing?

One of our interns, Steven Breckon, has created this lovely video on Sally Aitken’s AdapTree project. Steven has also done work for our other partner project, Next-Generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping.

Discover more of what our interns have been doing in future newsletters.

Recent Workshops

Genomics 101

As part of our Genomics Education module, g.e@UBC and Advanced Molecular Biology Lab presented the Genomics 101 workshop in early November with Dr. David Ng. Participants got a hands-on experience, learned basic theory behind genomics, and even toured Dr. Hennie van Vuuren’s Wine Research Centre!

Here is what one participant had to say about the session:

“The course was really well done; well organised and well taught. I got a lot from the experience and hope similar opportunities will arise in the future.”

Clear Writing

As part of our Communications Education module, g.e@UBC also recently presented the Clear Writing Workshop series with Faculty of Science communication specialist, Eric Jandciu. Participants learned how to communicate their research effectively to the general public using non-technical terms. Researchers received hands-on experience by peer-reviewing each others’ project summaries.

If you are interested in Genomics 101 or Clear Writing and would like to be notified when the next workshops will be offered, please contact Peggy.

Upcoming Events

Media Relations Workshop

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC will be presenting the Media Relations workshop in early 2013 with Brian Lin, Senior Communications Coordinator with UBC Public Affairs. The focus will be on sourcing possible avenues to tell your story, cultivating positive media relations, and best practices for when you are contacted by media. Please stay tuned for more information.

Innovations in Science Communications at UBC: An educational perspective

January 10th, 2013, at 1:00pm

TerreWEB (Terrestrial Research on Ecosystem & World-wide Education and Broadcast) Seminar Series is presenting the Innovations in Science Communications at UBC seminar. This event will take place at in room 1221 at the Forest Sciences Centre. For more information, visit the TerreWEB website.

Molecular Biology Workshop

February 18th to 23rd, 2013

The Michael Smith Labs and Advanced Molecular Biology Lab is presenting the Molecular Biology Workshop. This intense 5-day workshop will focus on a myriad of different techniques used in the molecular manipulation of DNA, RNA and protein, as well as inclusion of lectures of high throughput genomic techniques. Primarily aimed at researchers who are new to the area, familiar but require a quick updating, or would like more practical bench training.

Hands-on techniques covered include various nucleic acid purification methodologies, restriction digest, ligations, PCR, Western blot analysis and much more. The lectures will be on next-gen sequencing, SNPs, microarrays and bioinformatic tools.

To register or to inquire about the workshop, please contact Dr. David Ng at or 604-822-6264, or visit

You can view all upcoming genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC and entrepreneurship@UBC events on our Events calendar.


Andrea Lloyd – Program Manager

Andrea will be replacing Erin McGuigan as the new genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC Program Manager. Erin will continue to work on Sally Aitken’s AdapTree project and engage with g.e@ubc. Thank you, Erin! We are pleased that you will still be part of the genomics community.

Andrea joins the UILO team from Victoria, where she is an associate faculty member in the School of Business at Royal Roads University. She is interested in entrepreneurial education and facilitating learning cultures that aim to create environmental, social and economic value. She was also a member of the ISIS Research Centre team at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, where she managed community partnerships with a focus on enhancing resiliency and community economic development in rural and remote communities. Most recently her work at Sauder involved initiating communication and engagement strategies for social innovation.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the genomics.entrepreneurship@UBCprogram, please contact Andrea at or at 604-827-3508.

Peggy Tsui – Program Assistant

Peggy has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UBC and a Diploma of Technology in Sustainable Resource Management from BCIT. She also works at Science World, where she actively engages the public to be interested in science. Peggy is an active volunteer with the Stanley Park Ecology Society and VanDusen Botanical Garden. In addition to general administrative support for the genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC and entrepreneurship@UBC programs, Peggy assists with coordinating events and maintaining the websites.

Peggy can be reached at or at 604-822-8594.

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