Biology Faculty


Philip Barker / Simone Castellarin / Michael Deyholos / Brendan D'Souza / Daniel Durall / Adam Ford / Mary Forrest / Sanjoy Ghosh / Deanna Gibson / Miranda Hart / Karen Hodges / Laura Hooker / Melanie Jones / Andis Klegeris / John Klironomos / Robert Lalonde / Soheil Mahmoud / Bruce Mathieson / Vivien MeasdayLouise Nelson / Matthew Nelson / Blythe Nilson / Lael Parrott / Nathan Pelletier / Jason Pither / Richard Plunkett / Scott Reid / Mark Rheault / Deborah Roberts / Michael Russello / Ian Walker


PHILIP BARKER
Professor, BIOLOGY
Vice-Principal Research, UBC Okanagan
Associate Vice-President Research, UBC

WEBSITE
RESEARCH WEBSITE

philip.barker@ubc.ca
FIP 322
250.807.9582

Phil Barker2PhD University of Alberta

RESEARCH: Neurodegenerative disease, signal transduction, neurotrophin biology, cell biology, fly and mouse genetics.

MICHAEL DEYHOLOS
Professor, BIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT HEAD

WEBSITE

michael.deyholos@ubc.ca
SCI 156
250.807.8541

DeyholosPhD McGill University

RESEARCH: Genetics and genomics of plants, especially in relation to pectin, cell walls, and fibers.

TEACHING: Biochemistry, bioinformatic.

DANIEL DURALL
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

FRAGMENT ANALYSIS AND DNA SEQUENCING SERVICES (FADSS)

daniel.durall@ubc.ca
SCI 307
250.807.8759

Dan DurallPhD University of Calgary
Postdoctoral Research University of Oxford, UK

RESEARCH: Fungi in forest and wine systems; determining the structure of fungal networks connecting trees and the strains of yeast responsible for fermentation. 

TEACHING: Microbiology; mycology; botany; ecology. 

ADAM FORD
Assistant Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

adam.ford@ubc.ca
SCI 109
250.807.9773

Adam FordPhD University of British Columbia
Liber Ero Fellow

RESEARCH: Wildlife ecology and conservation; mammals; temperate forests, grasslands, and tropical savannas.

TEACHING: Animal ecology. 

MARY FORREST
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

mary.forrest@ubc.ca
SCI 160
250.807.9560

Mary ForrestPhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Gene regulation and expression in prokaryotes.

TEACHING: BIOC/BIOL 493: Biotechnology Lab. 

SANJOY GHOSH
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

sanjoy.ghosh@ubc.ca
ASC 369
250.807.8162

GhoshPhD University of British Columbia
Postdoctoral Research, Child and Family Research Institute

RESEARCH: Biochemical aspects of dietary fats and exercise in preventing metabolic and cardiovascular complications of obesity and diabetes.

TEACHING: Biochemical basis of nutrition. 

DEANNA GIBSON
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY ASSOCIATE HEAD

RESEARCH WEBSITE
FACEBOOK

deanna.gibson@ubc.ca
ASC 368
250.807.8790

Deanna GibsonPhD University of Victoria
Postdoctoral Research Child and Family Research Institute

RESEARCH: Gut health; intestinal microbiome; gut immunity; dietary lipids; susceptibility to acute and chronic gut diseases like colitis. 

TEACHING: Medical microbiology, virology and immunology. 

MIRANDA HART
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY ASSOCIATE HEAD

RESEARCH WEBSITE

miranda.hart@ubc.ca
ASC 372
250.807.9398

Miranda Hart2PhD University of Guelph

RESEARCH: Microbial ecology of soil microbes; the role and the applications of microbes in sustainable agriculture, viticulture, and ecological restoration.

TEACHING: Botany, ecology, microbial ecology, microbiology.

KAREN HODGES
Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

karen.hodges@ubc.ca
SCI 382
250.807.8763

Dr. Karen Hodges PhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Ecology; conservation biology; effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on behaviour and population dynamics; predator-prey dynamics; extinction risks; species-at-risk legislation; critical habitat designation.

TEACHING: Conservation biology; science writing; culture of science

LAURA HOOKER
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

laura.hooker@ubc.ca
SCI 158
250.807.9551

Laura HookerMSc University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Aquatic ecology.

TEACHING: Aquatic ecology; limnology; evolution and ecology; microbial ecology. 

MELANIE JONES
Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE
RESEARCH WEBSITE

melanie.jones@ubc.ca
SCI 385
250.807.9553

melanie jonesPhD University of Toronto
Postdoctoral Research University of Oxford, UK

RESEARCH: Physiology of ectomycorrhizas and roots of woody plants; effects of fire and silviculture on ectomycorrhizal fungal communities; carbon allocation within and between woody plants, orchard management under climate change.

TEACHING: Soil ecology; plant physiology; general biology. 

ANDIS KLEGERIS
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

andis.klegeris@ubc.ca
ASC 371
250.807.9557

Dr. Andis KlegerisPhD University of Oxford, UK
Postdoctoral Research University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Neuroimmunology; pathogenesis of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases; Glial cell biology; cellular and molecular pharmacology; method development for protecting neurons from age-related deterioration; signaling between different cell types of the central nervous system; problem-solving skills of students and effectiveness of alternative instructional techniques.

TEACHING: Pharmacology; neuroimmunology; inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases.

JOHN KLIRONOMOS
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

john.klironomos@ubc.ca
SCI 159
250.807.9254

John Klironomos PhD University of Waterloo
Postdoctoral Research San Diego State University

RESEARCH: Community ecology; soil ecology; plant ecology; microbial ecology; restoration ecology; invasion biology; global change biology; determinants of plant and microbial community structure; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

TEACHING: Evolutionary ecology; general biology.

ROBERT LALONDE
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

robert.lalonde@ubc.ca
SCI 381
250.807.8764

Robert LalondePhD Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Effects of information use on population and community processes; evolutionary ecology and population ecology of parasitic insects; developing insights into the biology of parasitic insects and the dynamics of parasite-dominated communities; potential applications in the area of biological control of both insect pests and introduced weeds.

TEACHING: Animal and insect ecology; evolutionary and population ecology.

SOHEIL MAHMOUD
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

soheil.mahmoud@ubc.ca
SCI 312
250.807.8752

Soheil Mahmoud2PhD University of Calgary

RESEARCH: Molecular, cellular, biochemical and environmental factors that regulate the quality and quantity of aromas and essential oils produced by herbal and medicinal plants; identification, cloning and characterization of structural and regulatory genes that are involved in the biosynthesis, inter- and intra-cellular trafficking, secretion and storage of monoterpenes in plants cells specialized for secondary metabolite production.

TEACHING: Plant molecular biology and biochemistry; metabolism of natural products; plant biotechnology. 

BRUCE MATHIESON
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

bruce.mathieson@ubc.ca
SCI 378
250.807.8760

Bruce Mathieson 2PhD University of Ottawa

RESEARCH: Effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on brain neurochemistry.

TEACHING: Anatomy and physiology; pathobiology; clinical neuroscience; neurobiology.

LOUISE NELSON
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

louise.nelson@ubc.ca
ASC 373
250.807.8756

Dr. Louise Nelson PhD University of Calgary

RESEARCH: Plant-microbe interactions; soil health; plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria; biological control; postharvest fungal pathogens; orchard replant disease; nitrogen cycling; nitrification; denitrification.

TEACHING: Environmental microbiology; sustainability; plant-microbe interactions.

BLYTHE NILSON
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE
SCI 161
blythe.nilson@ubc.ca
ASC 373
250.807.9555

Blythe NilsonMSc University of Victoria

RESEARCH: Skepticism and scientific literacy.

TEACHING: Biology for non-science majors; anatomy and physiology for nursing students; biochemistry; molecular genetics labs.

LAEL PARROTT
Professor, BIOLOGY,
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Director of the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES)

RESEARCH WEBSITE

lael.parrott@ubc.ca
SCI 377
250.807.8122

Lael ParrottPhD McGill University

RESEARCH:
Understanding ecosystems and landscapes as complex systems in which human and biophysical processes are coupled across multiple scales of space and time; incorporating complexity into natural resource management approaches; regional-scale landscape modelling; social-ecological networks; agent and individual-based modelling approaches; landscape science and scenario building .

TEACHING: Dynamic modelling of coupled human-environment systems.

NATHAN PELLETIER
Assistant Professor, BIOLOGY,
MANAGEMENT

RESEARCH WEBSITE

nathan.pelletier@ubc.ca
FIP 340
250.807.8245

Nathan PelletierPhD Dalhousie University
Post Doctor Research Environment Canada; European Commission Joint Research Centre

RESEARCH: Sustainability measurement and management; life cycle thinking; environmental and social life cycle assessment of food, feed and biomass supply chains; resource efficiency; social license and market access; trade-based externalization of environmental and social risk.

TEACHING: Sustainable food systems; sustainability measurement and management; ecological economics.

JASON PITHER
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY,
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

jason.pither@ubc.ca
ASC 367
250.807.9629

Jason Pither PhD Queen's University
Postdoctoral Research University of Arizona

RESEARCH: Biogeography; landscape ecology; biodiversity conservation; community ecology; paleoecology; biodiversity patterns in space and time.

TEACHING: Geographic information systems; data management and analysis; ecology.

RICHARD PLUNKETT
Senior Instructor, BIOLOGY

richard.plunkett@ubc.ca
SCI 163
250.807.9650

Richard Plunkett2PhD The University of New Mexico
Postdoctoral Research Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Environmental microbiology, microbe/metal interactions (e.g. Cu, U, As) and the role of microbes in biogeochemical cycles.

TEACHING: Microbiology & immunology; biochemistry; genetics.

SCOTT REID
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY ASSOCIATE HEAD

scott.reid@ubc.ca
SCI 379
250.807.8761

Dr. Scott ReidPhD McMaster University
Postdoctoral Research University of Ottawa

RESEARCH: Comparative physiology, fish physiology, and metal metabolism in freshwater fish; how animals physiologically adjust to changes in the quality of their environment.

TEACHING: Comparative animal physiology; membrane biophysics; general biology.

MARK RHEAULT
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

mark.rheault@ubc.ca
ASC 370
250.807.9630

M. RheaultPhD McMaster University
Postdoctoral Research University of Florida

RESEARCH: Physiology of epithelial ion transport, insect toxicology, insect-plant interactions, metals toxicology, organic ion transport.

TEACHING: Cellular physiology, vertebrate zoology, invertebrate zoology, insect physiology and biochemistry.

MICHAEL RUSSELLO
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

michael.russello@ubc.ca
FIP 346
250.807.8762

Michael RusselloPhD Columbia University
Postdoctoral Research Yale University

RESEARCH: Population genomics; conservation genetics; molecular ecology; life-history evolution.

TEACHING: Evolution; population genetics; ecology; conservation biology.

IAN WALKER
Professor, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

ian.walker@ubc.ca
FIP 339
250.807.9559

ian Walker2PhD Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Environmental change; chironomid palaeoecology; quaternary palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology; dynamics of arctic and alpine tree-line ecosystems; aquatic insect ecology; and biomonitoring; use of aquatic insects (living and fossil) as indicators of environmental change.

TEACHING: Quaternary palaeoecology; limnology; freshwater plants and animals; non-vascular plants.

Biology Associate Members

SIMONE CASTELLARIN
Associate Member, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

simone.castellarin@ubc.ca

Simone CastellarinPhD University of Udine (Italy)

RESEARCH: Molecular and hormonal signals in ripening grapes, cis-regulatory code for transcriptional regulation in grapevines, impact of deficit irrigation and crop size on fruit and wine aroma and quality, canopy management.

TEACHING: Grapevine and berry crop biology, advances in food biotechnology.

VIVIEN MEASDAY
Associate Member, BIOLOGY

RESEARCH WEBSITE

vivien.measday@ubc.ca
604.827.5744

Vivien MeasdayPhD University of Toronto

RESEARCH: Isolate and characterize yeast populations associated with vineyards, retrotransposons.

TEACHING: Food Microbiology, microbiology of food and beverage fermentation, advances of food biotechnology, advanced topics in molecular biology.

DEBORAH J. ROBERTS
Associate Member, BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

deborah.roberts@ubc.ca
EME 3233
250.807.8722

Deborah RobertsPhD University of Alberta

RESEARCH: Anaerobic biological treatment of recalcitrant compounds, biological systems for treatment of extreme wastewaters, sulphur oxidizing microbes and their effects on the environment (microbial deterioration of concrete and acid rock drainage), detection of pathogens in water and source tracking of pathogens.

TEACHING: Laboratory skills, applied microbiology, biological treatment processes, water quality engineering and analysis, engineering and the environment.

Biology Lecturers 

BRENDAN D'SOUZA
Lecturer, BIOLOGY

brendan.dsouza@ubc.ca
SCI 316
250.807.9628

Brendan D'Souza

PhD Dublin City University 
Postdoctoral Research University of California Los Angeles

RESEARCH: 
Cell signaling, molecular mechanisms underlying development and progression of cancer.

TEACHING: Biology for science majors, genetics, cell signaling, molecular biology.

MATTHEW NELSON
Lecturer, BIOLOGY

matthew.nelson@ubc.ca
FIP 222
250.807.9569

Matthew NelsonPhD University of Texas at Arlington

RESEARCH: Behavioural ecology, arachnid diversity, life history.

TEACHING: Invertebrate zoology, sustainability, biology II for science majors, cell biology.

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