LSI Principal Investigators Receive CIHR Funding

Researchers at the LSI were recently awarded millions of dollars in grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to bolster cutting-edge research.

Recipients & their projects include:

Foundation Grants

  • Dr. Natalie Strynadka, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Structure-based Antibiotic Discovery on the Bacterial Membrane
  • Dr. Calvin Yip, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Molecular mechanisms of autophagy regulation
  • Dr. Pieter Cullis, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Lipid nanomedicines for health and disease
  • Dr. Christopher Overall, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    From Proteolytic Networks to Human Biology and Disease: Protease regulation of signal transduction in chronic inflammatory diseases
  • Dr. Michael D. Gordon, Professor in the Department of Zoology
    Dissecting synaptic mechanisms in sensory processing, motivation, and development

Project Grants

  • Dr. Janel Kopp, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
    Using genetically engineered mouse models to define variables producing pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma heterogeneity
  • Dr. Shernaz Bamji, Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
    Palmitoyl Acyl Transferases in Neurodevelopmental Disease
  • Dr. Ivan Nabi, Professor in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
    The endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria interface and its regulation by the Gp78 ubiquitin ligase
  • Dr. Ken Harder, Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology
    Tyrosine kinase control of phagocytes in acute and chronic inflammation
  • Dr. Eric Jan, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Translation reading frame selection directed by a viral internal ribosome entry site
  • Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu, Professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Novel One-step Approach to a Universal Anti-adhesion Coating to Prevent Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Dr. Kota Mizumoto, Professor in the Department of Zoology
    Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of Semaphorin/Plexin signaling in synapse map formation
  • Dr. Donald Moerman, Professor in the Department of Zoology
    Single gene mutations in the nematode C. elegans: working towards a mutation in all 20,000 genes
  • Dr. William Mohn, Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology
    Systemic immunity: the missing link between gut microbiome and asthma
  • Dr. Robert Molday, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Approaches to Stargardt Macular Degeneration
  • Dr. Edwin Moore, Professor in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
    Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling: The Dynamic Dyad
  • Dr. Lisa Osborne, Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology
    Modifying colonic inflammation and disease with novel helminth-derived small molecules
  • Dr. Calvin Roskelley, Professor in the Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
    The role of hyaluronan in priming and populating the inflammatory micrometastatic niche
  • Dr. Ivan Sadowski, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Modulation of HIV provirus expression to eliminate latently infected cells
  • Dr. Filip Van Petegem, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Structural and functional investigation of arrhythmia-associated mutations in calmodulin

“UBC’s researchers are at the forefront of their respective fields and CIHR’s investment will ensure that they continue to make breakthroughs,” said John Hepburn, UBC vice president, research and international.

Grant recipients were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process.