Dr. Mary Forrest

Associate Professor
Irving K Barber School of Arts and Science
University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna B.C. Canada V1V 1V7
Tel: 1-250-807-9560
Fax: 1-250-807-8005
Email: mary.forrest@ubc.ca 

Education

Ph.D. Bacterial Gene Regulation, University of British Columbia, 1988
B.Sc. Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Calgary, 1982

Background

MF_microbes I obtained my B.Sc. from the University of Calgary in 1982 in Cellular and Molecular Biology. I then acquired a Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The thesis was completed in 1988 and involved the study of regulation of photosynthesis genes in the bacterium Rhodobacter capsulatus. A year of post-doctoral work was performed in the Department of Medical Microbiology at UBC, which consisted of research on characterising isolates of Giardia duodenalis, a water-borne parasite that causes enteric infections.

When my post-doc was completed, I was hired as a professor in Biology at Okanagan University College from 1989 to 2005. I was then hired into my current position as an Associate Professor at UBC Okanagan.  My most recent teaching responsibility is the Biotechnology Laboratory course (BIOC/BIOL493), however I have taught a variety of other courses over the years, most especially BIOL 365 and BIOL 366 (Classical and Molecular Genetics).  I am also involved in various research projects, which are described briefly below, and in more detail under the “Research Interests” link.

Current research projects involve studying the CRISPR/cas system in Streptomyces nodosus, plus cloning a fatty acid dehydrogenase gene to study FA metabolism and its role in inflammation. Past projects involved studying the expression of the novel antibiotic asukamycin from Streptomyces nododus, and the use of molecular techniques to study brain tumour markers. I am always looking for students to work on undergraduate research projects in these areas.  If you are interested, please contact me at mary.forrest@ubc.ca.

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