2020 Editors


Senior Editor

Julia Huggins 

PhD Candidate, Crowe Lab, Department of  Microbiology & Immunology, UBC

Julia is working on a PhD in microbial biogeochemistry, researching how networks of diverse microorganisms work together to regulate global nutrient cycles. She is currently studying nitrogen cycle pathways in anoxic marine environments. In her previous research, she studied how symbiotic relationships between trees, mushrooms, and soil bacteria drive ecosystem-level processes. Julia is enthusiastic about science education and outreach, and she is honored to be a part of the innovative learning experience that UJEMI offers students. Julia is also dedicated to supporting diversity in the sciences and believes it is key to actively build a culture of inclusivity in the sciences to address issues of self-selection bias and systematic barriers in scientific training. She is a firm believer in the value of experiential learning. She enjoys supporting students as they navigate the complex process of scientific communication and peer review, and she is consistently impressed with the students' dedication, integrity, and enthusiasm.

Email: julia.huggins@ubc.ca


Junior Editor

Daniela Morales Duran 

PhD Candidatem Murphy Lab, Department of  Microbiology & Immunology, UBC

Originally from Colombia, Daniela is doing her PhD in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her research project focuses on the effect of acidic pH and increased metal concentration in the development of Burkholderia cenocepacia opportunistic lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis. Daniela is enthusiastic about scientific writing and teaching. As a graduate student, she enjoys mentoring undergraduate students and seeing them become passionate about science and research. Being part of the UJEMI editorial team gives her the opportunity to learn and teach the peer review process and get involved in undergraduate scientific education.

Email: danimora@mail.ubc.ca

Faculty Sponsors


UJEMI/UJEMI+ Faculty Lead

Dave Oliver, PhD

Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia

David Oliver is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC. Dave delivers innovative course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in microbiology. His courses are scaffolded on writing activities that guide students through an authentic scientific research project. Students document their data in original research articles which are published in the Undergraduate Journal of Experimental Microbiology and Immunology (UJEMI).  Data and ideas presented in UJEMI papers feed research questions in subsequent terms of the course. Communication skills such as peer review and editing, oral and video-based presentations, executive summaries, team meetings, and research proposals are integrated to facilitate professional development.  In 2017, Dave received the UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Email: dcoliver@mail.ubc.ca



Francois Jean, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia

Dr. François JEAN is a tenured associate professor in the field of molecular virology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Microbiology and Immunology. François has been leading major international research initiatives funded by CIHR and NCE, including a project grant from CIHR on Zika virus and a NCE Canada-India team grant for developing novel diagnostic technology for detecting emerging and re-emerging viruses  (http://ic-impacts.com/research/research-projects/dr-francois-jean/). François has won several prestigious scholarly awards including a 5-year new investigator award (2000-05) from CIHR/Health Canada, a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career UBC Award (2001), the Fisher Scientific Award from the Canadian Society for Microbiologists (2003), and the UBC Faculty of Science Service Award (2010) in recognition of his leadership role in establishing the Facility for Infectious Disease and Epidemic Research (FINDER) at UBC. 



Faculty Advisor

Evelyn Sun, PhD

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia

Evelyn completed here PhD thesis on the characterization of surfing motility, a novel form of bacterial motility, in Pseudomonas aeruginosa under in vitro cystic fibrosis mimicking conditions. During her PhD, she became passionate about teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She completed a teaching as research (TAR) project on the effects of a first-year science communication course on students' science literacy funded by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL). She is now a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Deparment of Microbiology and Immunology working on the development of several different suites of course-based undergradute research experience (CURE) courses focused on molecular microbiology, immunology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, and environmental microbiology. She currently also teaches a first-year science communication course, SCIE 113, and a molecular microbiology capstone CURE course, MICB 421. 

Email: evelyn.sun@ubc.ca