Research Spotlights

September 13, 2017

A better, cheaper bioink for biofabrication

Cell adhesion and proliferation in 2D cultures with GelMA hydrogels from different sources

A new bioink that may enable the more efficient and inexpensive fabrication of tissues and organs — and ultimately accelerate advances in regenerative medicine — has been synthesized by researchers at the University of British…

August 10, 2017

New malaria analysis method reveals disease severity in minutes


Left untreated, malaria can progress from being mild to severe — and potentially fatal — in 24 hours. So researchers at the University of British Columbia developed a method to quickly and…

July 6, 2017

Smart surface enables advanced manipulation of droplets

Nanostructured copper surface

For many years, engineers have sought to create a special kind of surface: one that can both repel and absorb liquids, and whose ability to do so — its “wetting behavior” — can be quickly and precisely controlled. The…

July 4, 2017

Award-winning ideas for affordable housing

Bridge Housing rendering courtesy of Ian McDonald

Ian Ross McDonald, adjunct faculty at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), received an award of excellence for his affordable housing idea in the recent City of Vancouver  re:THINK HOUSING competition…

July 4, 2017

UBC urban design program reimagines a more sustainable Surrey

Civic Plaza

Imagine a city with better transit, more green spaces and more diversity in housing types. This is the City of Surrey as envisioned by the first students of UBC’s master in urban design (MUD) program at UBC’s School of…