Michael Smith Laboratories
Fungus in a test tube first step to curing ‘corn smut’
Researchers have mimicked a corn plant’s make-up in the lab to investigate ‘corn smut’, opening the door to finding a cure for the disease.
Jun 9, 2022
Get hands-on with science, robots, ice cream and air cannons at UBC Science Rendezvous
Join UBC for Science Rendezvous, a free festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the streets, on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
May 4, 2022
UBC researchers train computers to predict the next designer drugs
UBC researchers have trained computers to predict the next designer drugs before they are even on the market, technology that could save lives.
Nov 15, 2021
Beyond COVID-19: How mRNA technology could transform how we treat disease
Dr. Anna Blakney, assistant professor at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories and school of biomedical engineering, describes how mRNA technology could transform how we treat disease.
Aug 4, 2021
Debunking COVID-19 myths: As the weather warms, UBC vaccine expert separates fact from fiction
Dr. Anna Blakney, assistant professor in UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Michael Smith Laboratories and vaccine expert, addresses some popular myths about COVID-19.
May 18, 2021
New protein “switch” could be key to controlling blood-poisoning and preventing death
Scientists at the University of British Columbia have discovered a new protein “switch” that could stop the progression of blood-poisoning, or sepsis, and increase the chances of surviving the life-threatening disease.
Feb 25, 2019
UBC researchers discover how cancer’s ‘invisibility cloak’ works
UBC researchers have discovered how cancer cells become invisible to the body’s immune system, a crucial step that allows tumours to metastasize and spread throughout the body.
Sep 26, 2016
UBC named partner in national Industrial Biocatalysis Network
UBC is part of a new research initiative aimed at upgrading the sustainability of Canada’s industrial sector by replacing its lifeblood — petrochemicals — with green alternatives.
Nov 28, 2014
Rare disease research awarded $2.3M
A new Canadian research network to study rare diseases will be established with a $2.3M grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).
Nov 17, 2014
How a versatile gut bacterium helps us get our daily dietary fibre
UBC researchers have discovered the genetic machinery that turns a common gut bacterium into the Swiss Army knife of the digestive tract.
Jan 19, 2014
$1.8M boost for cutting edge research from CFI
Eighteen UBC projects have received more than $1.8 million in combined funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund.
Jan 8, 2014
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum has produced a professionally printed deck of its popular open-source Phylo card game.
Jul 18, 2013
Bird vaccine for West Nile Virus
University of British Columbia researchers have developed a vaccine to halt the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) among common and endangered bird species.
Jul 9, 2013
Mountain pine beetle genome decoded
The genome of the mountain pine beetle – the insect that has devastated B.C.’s lodgepole pine forests – has been decoded by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.
Mar 26, 2013
Drugs targeting blood vessels may be candidates for treating Alzheimer’s
University of British Columbia researchers have successfully normalized the production of blood vessels in the brain of mice with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by immunizing them with amyloid beta, a protein widely associated with the disease.
Mar 6, 2013
Mussel goo inspires blood vessel glue
A University of British Columbia researcher has helped create a gel – based on the mussel’s knack for clinging to rocks, piers and boat hulls – that can be painted onto the walls of blood vessels and stay put, forming a protective barrier with potentially life-saving implications.
Dec 11, 2012
How to make high-end perfumes without whale barf
University of British Columbia researchers have identified a gene in balsam fir trees that could facilitate cheaper and more sustainable production of plant-based fixatives and scents used in the fragrance industry and reduce the need for ambergris, a substance harvested from whale barf.
Apr 5, 2012