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The 2017 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize Announced

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies congratulates the winners of the 2017 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize. This year’s recipients come from the faculties of Science and Medicine.

Dr. Benjamin Freeman – Dr. Freeman is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Science. He is a world expert on the influence of climate change on the distributions of species in the tropics. Dr. Freeman has conducted ground-breaking work on upward shifts in birds on tropical mountains, and the role of song learning in the origin of new bird species. 

Dr. Ehsan Jozaghi – Dr. Jozaghi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine. His current research is focused on harm reduction networks of people who smoke illegal drugs. He is interested in identifying people at the greatest risk of harm. This is the first study to be conducted via a community-based approach where people who use drugs are employed as researchers.

The Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize is awarded annually for excellence in research. Established in 2011, the Killam PDF Prize is in memory of Izaak Walton Killam and his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, who together created the Killam trusts. Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded to fulltime Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions while at UBC.