Three postdoctoral fellows receive prestigious Banting award

Three postdoctoral fellows from the University of British Columbia have received 2021-22 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, out of seventy fellowships awarded nationally. These prestigious fellowships will provide each researcher with $70,000 per year for two years.

Two postdoctoral fellows from UBC's Vancouver campus were recognized for their work in Zoology, while one fellow from the Okanagan campus was recognized for their work in nursing.

Karin Van der Burg

Zoology (Evolution and Ecology). Faculty of Science.

Supervisor: Katie Marshall.

Research project: The genetics, physiology and evolution of diapause

Dan Peach

Zoology (Plant and animal biology). Faculty of Science.

Supervisor: Benjamin Matthews.

Research project: From genes to ecology: The current and future distribution of arbovirus vectors

Alexandra Kent

UBCO School of Nursing. Faculty of Health and Social Development.

Supervisor: Sana Shahram.

Research project: Advancing anti-colonial implementation science and knowledge translation with the Xacqanal itkinil (many ways of working on the same thing) research team




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.