Meet the 2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize recipients

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies congratulates the winners of the 2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize. This year’s recipients come from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Miriam Cabero Müller – Dr. Cabero Müller is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science. She developed a new machine learning approach to distinguish between gravitational wave (GW) signals and detector noise. This revolutionizes multi-messenger astrophysics by increasing the discovery likelihood of kilonova GW-counterparts, unlocking the origin of heavy elements, the rate of expansion of the Universe, and the physics of extremely dense matter.

Dr. Ryan Hoiland – Dr. Hoiland is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Anesthesia, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Cellular and Physiological Sciences, both in the Faculty of Medicine. While he is primarily involved in researching hypoxic brain injury, during 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Hoiland’s research focused on examining the pathophysiology of COVID-19 in critically ill patients, with a focus on the acute inflammatory response and its relationship to respiratory function.

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..