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Wine Research Centre at UBC

Laboratory Members

Research Team

Dr. Justin Lin (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Dr. Lin joined the Wine Research Center as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2012. Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dr. Lin completed his Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Carey at the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA, where he studied gene regulation. Dr. Lin specializes in protein biochemistry and proteomic analyses.
Dr. Zongli Luo (Research Associate)
Dr. Luo received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the Institute of Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Dieter Gallwitz at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany. Dr. Luo is a yeast molecular biologist and was recruited to the WRC as a Research Associate in 2003.
Zongli Luo
Christopher Walkey
Dr. Christopher Walkey (Research Associate)
Dr. Walkey earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, creating genetically modified mice and studying the effects on phospholipid biosynthesis. Subsequently, he worked as a research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Spiegelman, where he studied the molecular basis of fat cell formation. Dr. Walkey joined the Wine Research Centre as a Research Associate in 2009. He is a specialist in cell biology and biochemistry, and focuses on unraveling the function of non-annotated genes in wine yeasts that are highly expressed during wine fermentations.

Lina Madilao (Researcher)
Lufiani Lina Madilao has been the analytical laboratory facility manager in the UBC Wine Research Centre since 2003. She obtained her B.Sc. in chemistry at UBC . Prior to joining the WRC, she worked for 13 years as a mass spectrometrist at the BC Regional Mass Spectrometry Centre in the UBC Dept. of Chemistry.

Christopher Walkey

Recent Graduates

Doctoral Students

Dr. John Husnik, UBC (2007)
Dr. Husnik obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the van Vuuren laboratory. He has constructed the ML01 and urea-degrading wine yeasts which have been patented. He is currently employed as a senior research scientist at Phyterra Yeast in Napa, California.
Dr. Danie Erasmus, UBC (2005)
Dr. Erasmus obtained his Ph.D. in the WRC and is currently a senior laboratory instructor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Danie Erasmus
George van der Merwe
Dr. George van der Merwe, U of Stellenbosch (2002)
Dr. van der Merwe completed his Ph.D. in the WRC. He is now an Associate Pprofessor in the Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
Dr. Joana Coulon, University of Bordeaux (2001)

Masters Students

Emily Terrell, UBC(2010)
Matthew Dahabieh, UBC (2008)
Susanne Kanel, ETH Switzerland (2003)
Martin Schanz, ETH Switzerland (2003)
M. Albert, Brock University (2002)
Brad Greatrix, UBC (2002)
Cherie Spriggs, UBC (2002)

Visiting Scientists

Juan Rico Molins, M.Sc. student, IATA, Spain
Amelie Boury, M.Sc. student, SupBiotech, France
Joana Coulon, Ph.D. student, University of Bordeaux
Susanne Kanel, M.Sc. student, ETH Switzerland
Martin Schanz , M.Sc. student, ETH Switzerland
Giacomo Zara, Ph.D. student, University of Sassari, Italy
Dr. Young-Tae Hahm, Visiting Professor, Chung-Ang University, South Korea

Further research details are available in Dr. van Vuuren's Research page and Publications page.


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