2020 Editors


Senior Editor

Daniela Morales Duran 

PhD Candidate, Murphy Lab, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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


Junior Editor

Brianne Newman

MSc Student, Murphy Lab, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Brianne is looking at siderophore production by bacteria when grown with lignin-derived aromatic compounds as a carbon source with the hopes of finding value-added by-products that may be produced during lignin degradation. She is interested in microorganisms and the ways that humans can utilize bacterial by-products. Brianne is passionate about science communication as well as learning about as many topics and things as possible. She is looking forward to learning about the behind-the-scenes process of publishing a journal as well as guiding undergraduate authors through the process. Brianne is also excited to run the UJEMI twitter account with the hopes of getting the word out about UJEMI and all its great work. Follow UJEMI on twitter - @ujemi_ubc to keep up with UJEMI and the editorial team.

Email: briannen@student.ubc.ca


Junior Editor

Stefanie Sternagel

MSc Student, Hallam Lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Stefanie is working on a graduate research project harnessing the power of meta’omics to study the microbial degradation of plastics in the environment. She is interested in both the discovery of new enzymes for practical applications like wastewater treatment and understanding environmental capacity for degradation. Her previous work focused on the effects of increasing anthropogenic nitrogen deposition on alpine soil microbial ecology, and she is passionate about understanding environmental response to and potential remediation of human disturbance in general. As a member of the UJEMI editorial team, she hopes to foster undergraduate researchers’ love of science and provide support through the peer review process that will be a valuable not only to their undergraduate scientific education, but also to any future research endeavors they undertake./p>

Email: scstern@student.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


UJEMI-Perspectives Faculty Lead

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 Sun completed her 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 currently a post-doctoral teaching fellow working expanding the number of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) offered in our undergraduate program to cover research in bacterial physiology, immunology, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, and environmental microbiology.

Email: evelyn.sun@ubc.ca


Faculty Advisor

Marcia Graves, PhD

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

Dr. Marcia Graves is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. Throughout her doctoral and post-doctoral research she studied mechanisms of cell motility and how specialized epithelia arrange to form complex 3D structures with the focus on how this architectural organization within tissues gets disrupted during solid tumour progression. Currently Marcia teaches science communication to incoming first year Science students, as well as principles in cellular virology, and an inquiry-driven lab course in immunology to third year students in the Microbiology and Immunology Undergraduate program. In her teaching, she focuses on guiding students to build skills in scientific practices such as evidence-based reasoning and scientific writing. She has a special interest in how students engage with and evaluate the primary literature. In 2018, Marcia received the Killam teaching prize in recognition of her achievements in teaching and learning at UBC.

Email: marcia.graves@ubc.ca