We are hosting a QIIME workshop!



Dr. Deanna Gibson (The Center for Microbiome and Inflammatory Disease Laboratory) is proud to be hosting an intensive two day QIIME workshop with QIIME master Dr. Antonio González Peña.

Dr. Antonio González Peña is an expert in Computational Biology currently working as a programmer analyst at UC San Diego. In total, Dr. Peña has over 13,788 citations and has an H-Index of 33. Not only is he a collaborator on the creation of QIIME, but also the full developer of the SitePainter and Evident softwares.

For more information, visit: https://blogs.ubc.ca/qiimeworkshop/

Welcome to PhD student Natasha Haskey!

natasha-1Natasha Haskey is a Registered Dietitian who received both her undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was through her Masters work, she developed an expertise in the field of gastrointestinal nutrition, specifically in the areas of probiotics and prebiotics. Natasha is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan and maintains a clinical nutrition practice focusing on digestive health. In January 2017, she started a PhD at UBC – Okanagan with Dr. Deanna Gibson focusing on diet, inflammatory bowel disease and the microbiome.

Natasha is passionate about translating emerging scientific information into practical recommendations for clinicians that are easy to understand and easy to follow. She has shared her expertise at many conferences both nationally and internationally.

Natasha is awarded a 2 year PhD fellowship from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology!

Welcome Dr. Douglas Morck!


Dr. Douglas Morck  is working with the Gibson Lab as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Morck, BSc, DVM, PhD, is a Professor from the University of Calgary, who is here on a year-long sabbatical working in Dr. Deanna Gibson’s research lab. He has a number of appointments, which are:

  • Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
  • Professor, Comparative Biology & Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • University Veterinarian and Head, Animal Health Unit, Vice President Research Office

While at UBC, Dr. Morck will be working in the Gibson Lab, participating in research on microbiota 16SrRNA gene amplification, sequencing and data management, conducting microbiome analyses, and participating in workshops and seminars.

Dr. Morck’s research interests are:

  • Veterinary Infectious Disease
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Inflammation
  • Immuno-modulation by Antibiotics

Congratulations Nijiati Abulizi on Golden Key awards!

Good news!
MSc student Nijjiati Abulizi has been selected as the winner of the 2015 QS World Grad Tour Scholarship, with a scholarship award of $5,000.00 USD. This scholarship awards Golden Key members who have proven academic excellence combined with a solid range of extracurricular activities. The scholarship supports members’ post-baccalaureate study at accredited universities anywhere in the world. This is Nijiati’s second GK award!