January 2014

Happy New Year!

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! We look forward to a productive 2014 as we offer you more networking and educational events!


Genome BC Winter Symposium 2014

We are honoured to have been a part of the Genome BC’s 2014 Winter Symposium on January 21st, 2014. Watch this video of Angus Livingstone, GREAT’s project leader, presenting the program and Cameron Strachan, Lean Launch Pad alum, giving his 6 Minutes of Passion…for Science talk.

Genome BC’s Winter Symposium is a dynamic forum for the life sciences community with input from Genome BC and Genome Canada projects and platforms. Videos of other presentations may be found on YouTube. For more information, please visit the Genome BC website.

Lean Launch Pad for Genomics

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC is excited to bring back the Lean Launch Pad (LLP) program. Our first session began January 24th, and we are pleased to be working with five new and promising teams!

Led by Sauder School of Business instructor Iain Verigin, the objectives of this 8-week program are to rapidly identify, evaluate, and develop potential venture opportunities for genomics, life sciences and natural resources research. Visit the Lean Launch Pad for Genomics page for more information. We will keep you posted with news from the program as we go along.

Partner Project News

TAIGA Announces Workshop

Richard Hamelin and the TAIGA project team will be hosting a hands-on workshop and demonstration on February 20th, 2014 for their industry partners and project stakeholders. Participants will learn the basics of genomics and the TAIGA approach,  how to identify symptomatic plant material and DNA extraction, as well as how to detect with TaqMan probes. There will also be a networking happy hour to close the workshop.

New Paper from Watershed Team

Gemma Dunna, Leila Harris, Christina Cook and Natalie Prystajecky of our Applied Metagenomics of the Watershed Microbiome partner project have published a new paper in Science of The Total Environment. Read “A comparative analysis of current microbial water quality risk assessment and management practices in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada” at Science Direct.

Bee IPM Interview

Bee IPM project manager, Dr. Marta Guarna, and student Amanda Van Haga have been featured in this short video interview by Spanish media student Raquel Castan. Check the video out below or on Vimeo.

Do you have any news on your research project that you’d like to share?

Please let us know so we can feature it in our upcoming newsletters.


New Intern Recruitment for 2014

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC is recruiting interns for 2014! If you have a specific need or challenge on your project that an intern can help you with, please contact us. genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC will provide funding for four months full-time or the equivalent part-time hours. For more details, please see our Internships page.

Now Hiring: Video Intern

genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC is seeking a video intern to join our creative team and translate complex scientific information into user-friendly and engaging formats for the general public. This paid internship position requires a self-motivated and flexible student who is able to work independently and to lead projects from start to finish. Visit our Current Openings page for more information.

Recent Events

6 Minutes of Passion…for Science

In late November, we hosted a Pecha Kucha-styled showcase called 6 Minutes of Passion…for Science with our friends at TerreWEB. This fun and inspirational event celebrated our speakers’ passion for their research and science.

Videos from the night are now online. Watch the video of TAIGA project leader, Richard Hamelin, on why he loves the forest!

Our other fantastic presenters – Dr. Suzanne Simard, Dr. Chris Keeling, Dr. Wayne Maddison, Ben Paylor, Cameron Strachan and Julia Amerongen Maddison – are on our Vimeo playlist.

Upcoming Events

More Events

In addition to the workshops hosted by genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC, here are other events of interest on the genomics/entrepreneurship front offered by UBC, Mitacs and other organizations.

View our calendar for more upcoming events.

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