Our people

In the tabbed table below, you will find:

  • faculty - professors in the department
  • adjunct faculty -  external experts with close affiliation with the department
  • staff: general office, laboratory instructors, co-op, biotechnical support and central services
  • emeritus faculty - retired faculty members still active with the department
Dr. Juan Ausio

Dr. Juan Ausio, BSc, PhD (Barcelona), Professor
Ph: 250-721-8863
Email: jausio@uvic.ca
Dr. Ausio's web page

Biophysical and biochemical studies of DNA-protein interactions involved in chromatin assembly and gene expression.

Dr. Al Boraston

Dr. Alisdair Boraston, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Professor
Ph: 250-472-4168
Email: boraston@uvic.ca
Dr. Boraston's web page

Protein-carbohydrate recognition using molecular biological, biochemical, biophysical, and structural methods.

Dr. Christoph Borchers

Dr. Christoph Borchers, BSc, MSc, PhD (Konstanz), Professor
Ph: 250-483-3221
Email: borchers@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Borchers' web page

Application of mass spectrometry, proteomics, photoaffinity labelling, and molecular modelling to determine protein structure.

Dr. Marty Boulanger

Dr. Martin Boulanger, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Associate Professor
Ph: 250-721-7072
Email: mboulang@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Boulanger's web page

Structural basis of host-pathogen and vector-pathogen interactions; structure-guided design of small molecule therapeutics and vaccines.

Dr. Doug Briant

Dr. Douglas Briant, BSc, MSc (Waterloo), PhD (Brit.Col.), Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph: 250-472-4458
Email: dbriant@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Briant's web page

Dr. John E. Burke

Dr. John E. Burke, BSc (UC Berkeley), PhD (UC San Diego), Assistant Professor
Ph: 250-721-8732
Email: jeburke@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. J. Burke's web page

Structural and dynamic studies investigating the regulation of lipid signalling enzymes and their role in human disease.

Dr. Robert Burke

Dr. Robert Burke, BSc, PhD (Alta), Professor
Ph: 250-721-8928
Email: rburke@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Burke's web page

Biochemistry and cell biology of signaling in early animal development.

Dr. Caroline Cameron

Dr. Caroline Cameron, BSc, PhD (UVic), Professor
Ph: 250-853-3189
Email: caroc@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Cameron's web page

Bioinformatic, genomic and proteomic approaches to studying the pathogenic mechanisms of spirochetes.

Dr. Steve Evans

Dr. Stephen Evans, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Ph: 250-472-4548
Email: svevans@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Evans' web page

Structural biology of protein-carbohydrate recognition; x-ray crystallography and scientific visualisation.

Dr. Evans is currently interviewing/accepting graduate students.

Dr. Caren Helbing

Dr. Caren Helbing, BSc (Hons)(Windsor), PhD (Western), Professor
Ph: 250-721-6146
Email: chelbing@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Helbing's web page

The effect of environmental pollutants on hormonal signalling in development and disease.

Dr. Perry Howard

Dr. Perry Howard, BSc (Waterloo), PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor and Chair of the Department
Ph: 250-721-7077
Email: bcmb@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Howard's web page

RNA processing in stem cells, Regulation of Pax6 by miRNA, and rewiring of tyrosine pathway in cancer.

Dr. Julian Lum

Dr. Julian Lum, BSc, MSc, PhD (Ottawa), Assistant Professor (Limited Term)
Ph: 250-519-5718
Email: jjlum@bccancer.bc.ca
Visit Deeley Research Centre web page

Immunometabolism; understand the metabolic roles of autophagy in cancer and T cell survival, development of immune-based treatment combinations with radiation (ovary, breast, prostate, rectal).

Dr. Fran Nano

Dr. Francis Nano, AB (Oberlin), MSc, PhD (Ill), Professor
Ph: 250-721-7074
Email: fnano@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Nano's web page

The goal of our research is to develop genome engineering tools for generating temperature-sensitive (TS) microbial strains.  One application is developing attenuated pathogens that can be used as live vaccine strains.  We use directed evolution of native essential genes of mesophiles to change them to produce a TS product with a defined and non-reverting property. We also engineer genetic circuits that use a TS repressor protein to control a lethal gene in a mesophile.

Dr. Brad Nelson

Dr. Brad Nelson, BSc (Hons) (UBC), PhD (California), Professor (Limited Term)
Ph: 250-519-5705
Email: bnelson@bccrc.ca
Visit Deeley Research Centre web page

Immune response to cancer, immunotherapy, T cell biology, cytokines, signal transduction and cell cycle regulation. Director of the Trev and Joyce Deeley Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency.

Dr. Chris Nelson

Dr. Christopher Nelson, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Associate Professor
Ph: 250-853-3889
Email: cjn@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Nelson's web page

Application of molecular and systems-biology approaches to the study of chromatin regulatory pathway in yeast and mammalian cells. Current areas of investigation include transcription, RNA metabolism and DNA repair pathways involved in normal and cancer biology.

Dr. Paul Romaniuk

Dr. Paul Romaniuk, BSc, PhD (McMaster), Professor
Ph: 250-721-7088
Email: pjr@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Romaniuk's web page

Design and optimization of DNA and RNA-based isothermal amplification assays. Development of novel nucleic acid based point-of-care diagnostic tests to major pathogens in low resource countries.

Dr. Chris Upton

Dr. Christopher Upton, BSc, PhD (Lond), Professor
Ph: 250-721-6507
Email: cupton@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Upton's web page

Viral bioinformatics and computer technologies to analyze viral genomes.

Dr. Leigh Anderson

Dr. N. Leigh Anderson, BA, PhD (Cambridge)
Adjunct Professor
Visit Dr. Anderson's web page

Research interests: Plasma Proteome

Human plasma proteomics and biomarkers of disease and quantitative mass spectrometry.


Dr. Monica Palcic, BSc, MSc, PhD (Alberta)
Adjunct Professor
email: mpalcic@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Palcic's PubMed page

Research Interests: Glycobiology

Structure, function and mechanisms of enzymes in glycome assembly and degradation.

Dr. Michael Przybylski

Dr. Michael Przybylski, PhD (Mainz)
Adjunct Professor
Ph: + 49-7531-882249
E-mail: michael.przybylski@uni-konstanz.de
Visit Universitat Konstanz

Application of mass spectrometry and peptide biochemistry to structure and mechanisms of neurodegenerative proteins; pathophysiological protein modification; vaccine chemistry; structure and epitope analysis of therapeutic antibodies; affinity-mass spectrometry of biopolymer interaction epitopes; mass spectrometric elucidation of oligomerisation/truncation pathways and structures of "misfolding"/aggregating proteins in neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Andrew Ross

Dr. Andrew Ross, BSc (Hons) (Surrey), PhD (UBC)
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph: 250-363-6800
E-mail: andrew.ross@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Dr. Ross's webpage
Visit Institute of Ocean Sciences web page

Application of mass spectrometry and associated techniques to marine biogeochemistry and proteomics, including the identification of metal-binding compounds and modified proteins involved in stress, disease, and the biological uptake of essential trace elements.

Dr. Peter Watson

Dr. Peter Watson, BA, MA, MB BChir (Cambridge), FRCP (Manitoba)
Adjunct Professor
Ph: 250-519-5700
Email: pwatson@bccancer.bc.ca
Visit Deeley Research Centre web page

Molecular genetics of breast cancer. Director of the Tumour Tissue Repository at the Deeley Cancer Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency.

Dr. John Webb

Dr. John Webb, BSc, MSc, PhD (Western Ontario)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph: 250-519-5706
Email: jwebb@bccancer.bc.ca
Visit Deeley Research Centre web page

Cellular immunity and immune responses to peptide eptitopes, and vaccine development for cervical cancer.


General Office Petch 207


Margaret Blake, Administrative Officer
Ph: 250-721-8887
Email: bcmbadmn@uvic.ca


Deb Penner, Chair's Assistant
Ph: 250-721-7077
Email: biocmicr@uvic.ca


Melinda Powell, Graduate Program Coordinator
Ph: 250-721-8861
Email: biocgsec@uvic.ca


Laboratory Instructors


Barb Currie, Senior Microbiology Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-472-4251
Petch 179C
Email: bcurrie@uvic.ca


Melissa Doyle, MICR 200 Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-721-6504
Petch 186
Email: doylem@uvic.ca


Janice Keliher, BCMB 301 Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-721-6505
Petch 188
Email: jkeliher@uvic.ca


Val Kerr, BCMB 406 Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-472-5119
Petch 179B
Email: valk@uvic.ca


Allison Maffey, BCMB 301 Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-721-6504
Petch 186
Email: amaffey@uvic.ca


Sheila Potter, MICR 200 Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-721-6504
Petch 186
Email: consultpotter@gmail.com


Glen Pryhitka, Senior Biochemistry Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-721-7076
Petch 179A
Email: pryhitka@uvic.ca


Erika Wall, BCMB 406 Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-472-5119
Petch 179B
Email: ewall@uvic.ca


Adrienne White, BCMB 301 Lab Instructor
Ph: 250-721-6505
Petch 188
Email: adrwhite@uvic.ca


Co-op, Biochemistry & Microbiology


Co-op Secretary
Ph: 250-472-4800
Petch 192
Email: bcmbsec@uvic.ca


Rozanne Poulson, Co-op Coordinator
Ph: 250-721-8813
Petch 190
Email: rpoulson@uvic.ca


Biotechnical Support Centre Petch 257


Stephen Horak, Electronics Technician
Ph: 250-721-6093
Email: shorak@uvic.ca


Scott Scholz, Electronics Technician
Ph: 250-721-6566
Email: sscholz@uvic.ca


Central Services Petch 153


Mary Anne Cunningham, Laboratory Assistant
Ph: 250-721-8880


Ellen Busby, Laboratory Assistant
Ph: 250-721-8880
Email: erbusby@uvic.ca


Dr. Tom Buckley, Professor Emeritus
Email: tbuckley@shaw.ca


Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus
Email: ishiguro@uvic.ca


Dr. Bob Olafson, Professor Emeritus
Email: olafson@uvic.ca

Dr. Terry Pearson

Dr. Terry Pearson, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Professor Emeritus
Ph: 250-721-7080
Email: parasite@uvic.ca
Visit Dr. Pearson's web page

Pathogenesis of trypanosomes parasites using antibody-based technologies, and antibody enrichment techniques for quantitative mass spectrometry.


Dr. Verner Paetkau, Professor Emeritus
Email: vhp@uvic.ca