Aaron Liu is a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia, working under the supervision of Dr. Soren Gantt and previously Dr. Tobias Kollmann in the VEC since 2017. His research involves using next-generation sequencing to understand viral infection and immunity. His interests are in developing assays to measure antibody responses to viral infections to aid the development of vaccines and surveillance of viral infections. Aaron has previously held the BCCHR Healthy Starts Studentship and currently holds UBC’s Four Year Fellowship.
Ms. Cabrera is a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia, working under the supervision of Dr. Manish Sadarangani in the VEC since 2019. Her research involves the development of a vaccine against antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, focusing primarily on Klebsiella peneumoniae. She is interested in finding a new approach that would help to limit the spread and emergence of bacterial resistance, particularly through vaccination.
Dr. Bahaa Abu Raya
Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow
Dr. Abu Raya is an Infectious Diseases clinician-scientist and joined the VEC in 2015 as a pediatric infectious disease fellow. His research has been predominantly in the field of immunization in pregnancy to protect the newborn, focusing on pertussis. He is also a member of the "Immunization Monitoring Program ACTive" (IMPACT) pertussis working group and the "Progressing Immunization in Pregnancy Evaluation and Research" (PIPER) group. Dr. Abu Raya is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award in the "basic science" category and a holder of the prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarship award.
Dr. Gabrielle Gaultier
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Gabrielle completed her PhD in the Biotechnology program at Lakehead University in October 2020. Her PhD projects investigated B-cell and antibody responses to the 13-valent pneumococcal protein-polysaccharide conjugate vaccine in adults with severe chronic kidney disease (CKD), natural immunity against Haemophilus influenzae type a and B-cell subpopulations in adults with CKD, as well as antibodies specific for Streptococcus pneumoniae in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous adults. Gabrielle joined Dr. Sadarangani’s lab group in April 2021 where her research focuses on the immunological analysis of infectious diseases for the purpose of vaccine development and evaluation, with a particular emphasis on SARS-CoV-2.
Graduate Academic Assistant
Gurvir is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at the University of British Columbia. He has a Master of Science degree in Aging and Health where his studies focused on strategies to promote health and healthy aging in the older adult population. His interests in public health research broadly consist of determining the effectiveness of disease countermeasures and using these findings to develop health promotion policies for our population
Jennifer joined the VEC in late 2020, working with Drs. Sadarangani and Ogilvie. Jennifer is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with over 10 years of research experience related to HIV, co-infection, and HPV-associated cancers. Her work with the VEC will focus on HPV vaccination, examining the long-term effectiveness of different dosing schedules using longitudinal cohort data.
Jessica is a member of Dr. Soren Gantt's lab and a graduate student in Experimental Medicine. She has a master's degree in International Community Development where her studies focused on social justice, medical anthropology, global health and how poverty and numerous social inequalities create health disparity. Her current doctoral research at the University of British Columbia focuses on immune ontogeny during early life and infant immune responses to viral infections. She is inspired by a world where advocacy and science aid in alleviating human suffering caused by poverty and inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious diseases.
Jimmy joined the VEC in 2019. He studies epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. His current research is on influenza vaccine safety with focus towards high-risk populations.
Masters Student in Experimental Medicine
Kyle is a graduate student in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia, working under the supervision of Dr. Manish Sadarangani in the VEC since 2021. His research involves continuing Dr. Bahaa Abu Raya’s work on pertussis.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Mahin joined the VEC in late 2020 with a background in health education, applied health sciences, midwifery, maternal and child health. Her current research focuses on evaluating vaccine effectiveness and safety in children and adolescents.
Masters Practicum Student
Marian is currently a Mastercard foundation graduate scholar and a second-year graduate student in the Master of Public health program at the School of Population and Public Health, UBC. She has a background in parasitology, and her interest in public health lies in infectious disease epidemiology and vaccine-preventable disease surveillance. For her practicum, she works with Dr. Julie Bettinger on understanding expectant and new mothers’ beliefs, attitudes and behaviours about paediatric vaccination.
Dr. Phyu Mar Soe
Phyu Mar is a graduate student at the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), University of British Columbia. She joined Dr.Bettinger’s research team in July 2021 after completing her Master of Science in International Health at University of Heidelberg. Prior to joining SPPH and VEC, she was involved in research on antimicrobial resistance, HIV disease epidemiology and behavioral surveillance system at both the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS). Her research interests include child health, vaccine effectiveness and safety, disease surveillance, and infectious disease epidemiology. Her current research is on COVID-19 vaccine safety among high-risk populations.
Dr. Robine Donken
Dr. Donken has been a postdoctoral fellow with the VEC since 2017. Robine is an epidemiologist and obtained her PhD at the VU University in Amsterdam in collaboration with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. Her research focus is on the most effective dosing schedule for HPV vaccination with regard to effectiveness and immunogenicity.
Dr. Wendy Pringle
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Pringle joined the VEC in 2019. She has a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MA from McGill. Wendy's research deals broadly with strategies for effective health communication, with a current focus on vaccine hesitancy and perinatal care."