The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) has awarded over $20 million for 78 research projects being led by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) supports the development of research infrastructure, like labs and equipment. The BCKDF helps B.C.’s institutions attract researchers, skilled technicians, and research users. This research infrastructure funding will foster innovation, help institutions collaborate with industry, create jobs, protect biodiversity and the environment, and keep people healthy and safe.
Among the teams who have been granted this funding to do life-changing research are projects headed by School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) faculty members.
|Dr. Calvin Kuo | HuMBL Lab|
Funded Project: Wearable systems to characterize sensorimotor response to impulsive loads
|Dr. Anna Blakney | Blakney Lab|
Affiliations: SBME and Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL)
Funded Project: RNA Enhancement and Clinical Translation (REACT) Platform
|Dr. Nika Shakiba | Shakiba Lab|
Funded Project: Cell Competition Analysis Platform
|Dr. Ali Bashashati | AIM Lab|
Affiliations: SBME, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, BC Ovarian Cancer Program (OVCARE)
Funded Project: AI-driven platform for translating precision medicine discoveries in women’s cancers
|Dr. Sabrina Leslie | Leslie Lab|
Affiliations: SBME (Associate Member), Physics & Astronomy, MSL
Funded Project: Single-molecule and single-cell microscopy platform for therapeutics research and development
|Dr. Tim Kieffer | Kieffer Lab|
Affiliations: SBME, Psychiatry, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH)
Funded Project: iMAP in vivo Mesoscale Assessment of neuroProjectomes
|Dr. Megan Levings | Levings Lab|
Affiliations: SBME, Surgery, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCHRI)
Funded Project: Canada Research Chair in Engineered Immune Tolerance
|Dr. Jane Hill | Hill Lab|
Affiliations: SBME (Associate Member) and Chemical & Biological Engineering
Funded Project: Developing Breath as a Diagnostic Paradigm for Human Health
|Dr. Manu S. Madhav | NC4 Lab|
Affiliations: SBME, DMCBH
Funded Project: Probing the interaction between representations and behaviour underlying navigation
What will the research teams be able to do with this funding?
With funding, research teams will be able to dive into yet-to-be-explored scientific terrain, translate theories to innovation, and set the foundation for exciting advances in healthcare that will benefit all.
UBC’s researchers will join teams from their peers from seven other universities in British Columbia in receiving BCKDF funding.
Ravi Kahlon | B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
“As part of our StrongerBC Economic Plan and commitment to prepare people for the jobs of tomorrow, we are investing in research capabilities at B.C. post-secondary institutions to help solve some of our society’s most pressing issues. These investments allow researchers to create new and innovative technology that will improve the lives of people throughout B.C.”
— Ravi Kahlon | B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
What does the BCKDF do?
The BCKDF helps rebuild and grow the provincial economy by improving B.C.’s productivity and competitiveness. In turn, this increases potential commercialization, spinoffs and patents, as well as discoveries that directly affect the lives of British Columbians in medicine and the management of the environment. This funding injection is a testament to not only the growing biomedical industry in B.C. but also the growing need for novel healthcare solutions to serve our people.