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Announcing UBC’s 2018-2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellows

Three postdoctoral fellows from the University of British Columbia have received 2018-2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, out of seventy fellowships awarded nationally. These prestigious fellowships provide each researcher with $70,000 each year for two years, to support research that will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social, and research-based growth.

Stefan Honisch, one of this year's Banting recipients says, “[The fellowship will] provide me with the chance to carry my research forward in new directions, and to connect my scholarly interests to communities beyond the academy, in which disabled people continue to claim our rights to be seen and heard.”

UBC 2018-2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellows

Jonathon Briggs, Michael Smith Labs, Faculty of Science, supervisor: Dr. Harry Brummer
Research focus: Understanding glycan transport across the outer-membrane of Bacteroides species, prominent members of the human gut microbiota, using a structural and functional approach.

Tara Dennehy, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, supervisor: Dr. Toni Schmader
Research focus: Beyond Representation: The Potential Power of Men as Allies for Gender Equity

Stefan Honisch, Department of Theatre and Film, Faculty of Arts, supervisor: Dr. Kirsty Johnston
Research focus: With Ravished Fingers: Helen Keller's Musical Activism

Benjamin Sandkam, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, supervisor: Dr. Judith Mank
Research focus: The making of male morphs: supergenes, evolution, and sex chromosomes

About the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides the opportunity to bring top talent to join the research community at UBC. Fellowships are awarded to the very best postdoctoral researchers, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth. Emphasis is placed on the synergy of research goals and projects between applicants, supervisors, and host institutions.

Seventy fellowships are awarded each year and are equally distributed among candidates from Canada's three Tri-Council Agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

More information about the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is available from the Postdoctoral Fellows Office.