ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE

THROUGH INCLUSIVITY AND DIVERSITY

Training Environment, Philosophy, Supervision and Mentoring

Our lab is a positive and collaborative environment that prepares trainees for highly successful careers in science and engineering fields of academia, industry, and government. We work in a unique interdisciplinary environment, as we are located in the state-of-the-art Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) and are members of the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) and the new and expanding School of Biomedical Engineering (BME). We collaborate closely with the University-Industry Liaison Office, the Centre for Drug Research Development, and the entrepreneurship@UBC program, providing multiple opportunities for knowledge translation, including community outreach, media contact, and commercialization of findings. Trainees use these opportunities to build networks with leading researchers and industry partners to support their current research and to explore future career opportunities.

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We are an inclusive and diverse group and we strive to promote the advancement of under-represented groups in the natural science and engineering as a means to enhance excellence in research and training. Dr. Kastrup interacts with each trainee multiple times each week, both in group and individual meetings, to discuss research progress and to provide individualized support. Graduate students take the lead on writing their papers and assist in writing grants, developing scientific writing and fund-raising skills that are directly applicable to both academic and non-academic professions. This is demonstrated by their high success rate for awards and fellowships: each PhD student has received fellowships and awards of $8k to $130k, with a total of 5 fellowships from CIHR and NSERC since 2012.

Principal investigator:​

Dr. Christian Kastrup Associate Professor

Christian Kastrup is an Associate Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at UBC, and is a member of the Centre for Blood Research and Associate Member of the School of Biomedical Engineering.
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He received his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Chicago, where he specialized in chemical biology, microfluidics, and blood coagulation biochemistry with Rustem Ismagilov. During his postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, he specialized in engineering biomaterials for drug delivery to blood vessels with Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson. His lab at UBC utilizes biochemical engineering to solve problems related to hemostasis and thrombosis. They investigate, utilize, and mimic the biochemistry and biophysical dynamics of blood coagulation to create innovative materials that perform new functions inside of blood vessels. His accolades include the Sir Major Banting Award from the True Patriot Love Foundation, being a MSFHR Scholar, a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, and holding a CIHR Foundation Grant. He is the Chief Scientific Officer and a founding member of CoMotion Drug Delivery Systems, Inc., a UBC based startup, which is currently working to develop a hemostatic agent for severe combat and surgical hemorrhage.

Current members:​

Dr. Woosuk Steve Hur Postdoctoral Fellow

Publications and awards

Previously Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

B.Sc. Biochemistry, McGill University

Blood Coag. Fibrin., 2019*

J. Biol. Chem., 2019*

J. Thromb. Haem., 2018

Blood, 2015*

Awards: CIHR CGS Doctoral Award, CBR Mackenzie Mentorship Award

Dr. Karen Chan Ph.D. Graduate, Genome Science and Technology Program

Publications and awards

Nima Mazinani Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Publications and awards

B.Sc. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

J. of Biol. Chem., 2019

Scientific Reports,2017*

Blood, 2015

Awards: CBR Summer Studentship

Lih Jiin Juang Graduate student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Publications and awards
B.Sc. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

Eleonore Rayner Research technician (acting Lab Manager)

Publications and awards
B.Sc. Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield

Amy Wong-Strilchuk Graduate student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Publications and awards
B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Toronto
Awards: Centre for Blood Research Graduate Award Program, CanVECTOR

Massimo Cau Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

Publications and awards
B.Sc. Microbiology and B.Sc. Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia

Awards: Royal Canadian Legion Scholarship, CBR Graduate Awards Program

Jerry Leung Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Publications and awards
B.Sc. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

Nanoscale., 2019

Awards: NSERC CREATE Nanomat Program, NSERC GSC Masters Awards

Former full-time members:​

Dr. James Baylis Postdoctoral Fellow

Publications and awards

Current position: CEO and President CoMotion Drug Delivery Systems Inc.

Previously Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, University of British Columbia

B.Sc. Biophysics, University of British Columbia

Scientific Reports, 2017

Journal of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, 2016
The Laryngoscope, 2016*
Thrombosis Research, 2016*
Shock, 2016*
Science Advances, 2015*

Awards: CIHR CGS Doctoral Award, William & Dorothy Gilbert Graduate Scholarship

Dr. Stefanie Novakowski Ph.D Graduate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Publications and awards

Current position: Program Coordinator at Provincial Health Services Authority

Scientific Reports, 2019*

Angewandte Chemie, 2015*

Awards: CIHR CGS Doctoral Award, NSERC CGS Masters Award

Dr. Vivienne Chan Ph.D. Graduate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Publications and awards

Current position: Grant Facilitator, Heart Lung Institute, Vancouver

Journal Thromb. & Haem., 2018*

Angewandte Chemie, 2015*

Awards: Ronnie Miller Scholarship

Ju Hun Yeon Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011 – 2014

Publications and awards

Current and former undergraduate students and visiting researchers:

Amir Kazerooni**

Aschwin van der Giesen

Tina Chen

Lily Zhang

Rebecca Leung

Andy Hsu

Lily Zhang

Emily Prowse**

Erin Long

Renhao Wang

Nabil Ali-Mohamad

Kevin Kim

Kai Zhu

Kevin Jiang**

Alyssa Yong

Morteza Sarkari**

Veronika Zenova

Rachel Sutherland**

Massimo Cau**,#

Jeanee Chan**

Gayatri Prakash**

Anni Zhang

Jeff Yoon

Leo Yefet

Mike Min Su Lee**

Charlotte Michelle Nguyen**

Jeffrey Boschman**

Heidi Streick**

Aida Rahavi

Elina Levchenko**

Mark Melhado

Junho Lee

David Lu**

Max Thomson**

Ting-Chia Wong**

Stella Fang

Anna Lee**

Simon Law**

Nima Mazinani**,#

Kelvin Chan**

Jesse Zhang**

Nivitri Ashok

James Baylis**,#

 

*First author

**These trainees are co-authors on published or submitted papers based on research in our lab.

#These undergraduate students became graduate students in our lab.