Faculty

Dr. Todd Whitcombe, Chair, Associate Professor

Chemistry, Environmental Engineering & Environmental Science

Office: Lab 8-439
Tel: 250-960-6678
Email: todd.whitcombe@unbc.ca

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Victoria

Research interests
As a broad classification, my research interests are in the area of "Bio-Inorganic" chemistry and, specifically, in reaction kinetics of model systems for biologically interesting or relevant molecules.


Dr. Kathy Lewis, Chair

Ecosystem Science and Management (Forestry)

Office: 8-341
Tel: 250-960-6659
Email: kathy.lewis@unbc.ca
Web: http://web.unbc.ca/~lewis/


Dr. Chow Lee, Professor

Office: 9-356
Tel: (250) 960-5413
Fax: (250) 960-5170
E-mail: chow.lee@unbc.ca
Web: www.unbc.ca/chow-lee

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 1992: Flinders University, Australia.
  • B.Sc. (Hons I), Biochemistry/Physiology, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Research interests

  • RNA-degrading enzymes and RNA-binding proteins in the control of mRNA and miRNA turnover in cancer
  • Discovery of novel medicinal compounds from the fungi/mushrooms of British Columbia

Dr. Mark Shrimpton, Professor

Office: LAB 8-432
Tel: (250) 960-5591
E-mail: mark.shrimpton@unbc.ca
Web: http://web.unbc.ca/~shrimptm/

Educational Background

  • PhD, Zoology, University of British Columbia (1993)
  • MSc, Zoology, University of British Columbia (1987)
  • BSc (Honours), Biology, University of Victoria (1985)

Research Interests
Physiological response of fish to environmental disturbance, particularly how physical changes in the environment affect endocrine, biochemical, physiological and molecular factors that regulate growth and development of fish.


Dr. Andrea Gorrell, Associate Professor

Office: LAB 8-406
Tel: (250) 960-6217
E-mail: andrea.gorrell@unbc.ca
Web: http://web.unbc.ca/~gorrell Dr. Andrea Gorrell

Educational Background

  • BSc in Biochemistry, with honors (Texas A&M University, 1991)
  • PhD in Biochemistry (Iowa State University 2000)
  • Postdoctoral work at Pennsylvania State University under J.G. Ferry

Research interests
Protein structure and function; interest in the methanogenic pathways of the archaea


Dr. Brent Murray, Associate Professor

Office: LAB 8-208
Tel: (250) 960-5638
E-mail: brent.murray@unbc.ca Dr. Brent Murray

Research Interests
Revolves around three central themes: molecular ecology (conservation genetics), molecular evolution and comparative immunogenetics. This research focuses on the characterisation, organization and evolution of genetic variation at both neutral (e.g. mitochondrial) and selected loci, with particularemphasis on the immune system genes (i.e. MHC) in aquatic vertebrates (marine mammals and bony fishes) and their use in population level surveys of genetic variation.


Dr. Stephen Rader, Professor

Office: NMP 9-355
Tel: (250) 960-6216
E-mail: stephen.rader@unbc.ca
Web: http://web.unbc.ca/~rader Dr. Stephen Rader

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco
  • B.A. in Biology and Chemistry, Swarthmore College

Research interests
My research focuses on the dynamic mechanism by which the non-protein-coding portion of pre-messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) is precisely removed to generate messenger RNA in a process known as pre-mRNA splicing. I am investigating pre-mRNA splicing by a number of approaches, including x-ray crystallography, fluorescence energy transfer, biochemical purification and characterization of splicing complexes, and yeast genetics.


Dr. Daniel Erasmus, Senior Lab Instructor

Office: Lab 8-411
Tel: (250) 960-5191
Email: daniel.erasmus@unbc.ca
Web Page: http://web.unbc.ca/~erasmus

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Wine Research Centre (University of British Columbia)
  • M.Sc Microbiology (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Honours B.Sc. Microbiology (University of Stellenbosch)

Research Interests
Provide opportunities for undergraduate students to do research on population genetics of fish and genetic barcoding of aquatic insects in the Prince George area.


Dr. Dezene Huber

Canada Research Chair in Forest Entomology and Chemical Ecology

Office: 8-313
Tel: (250) 960-5119
Email: dezene.huber@unbc.ca
Web: http://web.unbc.ca/~huber/

Research Interests
Chemical Ecological Interactions of forest insects and their host plants. Specific work focusses on the chemical nature of plant defenses against herbivory, molecular biology and biochemical aspects of insect detoxification of host secondary metabolites, and insect behavioural responses to host defenses and and signals from non-hosts.


Dr. Geoff Payne

Assistant Professor Physiology, Northern Medical Program

Office: 9-366
Tel: (250) 960-5104
Fax: (250) 960-5118
Email: geoff.payne@unbc.ca