Students seek reliable solutions for opioid drug tests

The growing number of deaths from opioid drug overdoses has become a national concern.

The University of Northern B.C.’s Northern BC iGEM team, comprised of undergraduate science and business students is tackling the crisis through a different lens.

Since January, they have been working on creating a more reliable test for recreational drugs to determine if they contain fentanyl or other opioids using synthetic biology.

UNBC's Northern B.C. iGem team
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Abioye, Caputo named 2019 Valedictorians

Emilio Caputo describes his experience at the University of Northern British Columbia as one of opportunity, where the opportunities were so numerous he was forced to decline them.

“I’ve travelled internationally, served in student governance, and conducted innovative research all because of the university I chose,” he says. “I often feel like UNBC gave me all the knowledge I most often use in my everyday life.”

Monday, May 6, 2019

Fatimat Shidi first UNBC student to win Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Fatimat Almentina Ramos Shidi travelled from Prince George to France to discover answers to some complex questions.

A recent Master of Science - Biochemistry graduate from the University of Northern British Columbia, Shidi pursued the opportunity to study abroad due to the Mitacs Globalink Research Award. She is the first UNBC student to receive this award.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Buttar, Cunningham named 2018 Valedictorians

Ever since Arctica Cunningham stepped foot onto the University of Northern British Columbia’s campus in the Fall of 2013 as a first-year undergraduate student, she honed her leadership, student government and community service skills and made an impact on UNBC’s community.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lee, Chow

Dr. Lee joined UNBC in September 1998 after post-doctoral training at the Ontario Cancer Institute, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and BC Cancer Research Centre. He is one of the early pioneers in establishing biochemistry and molecular biology teaching and research at UNBC. Dr. Lee has served as a reviewer and panel reviewer for numerous national and international research grant funding agencies.

UNBC Researchers Receive Funding Worth $1.1 Million

Prince George, B.C. – University of Northern British Columbia researchers received a combined $1.115 million over five years in new funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant program.

Seven UNBC researchers received Discovery Grants worth $1.075 million over five years. In addition, two UNBC researchers received Discovery Development Grants worth $40,000 over two years.

Niemi, Rashid named 2017 UNBC Valedictorians

Shelly Niemi is the first-generation Indigenous student within her family to earn a Master’s degree. She believes the support systems available for Indigenous students at UNBC made the transition from high school to post-secondary education easier.

“As an Indigenous student at UNBC, I feel proud to see the various ways that our University includes culture as part of our school community, truly honouring the UNBC motto of En Cha Huna and respecting all forms of life,” she said.

Faran Rashid and Shelly Niemi UNBC Valedictorians
Monday, May 8, 2017


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