People of UBC

UBC’s unique personality comes from the people that study, teach, work, and live in its community. Every individual contributes to what sets us apart. In this series, we invite you to meet the people of UBC.

Alirod Ameri

Student, Faculty of Science, BSc Biology

Biology student with a passion for photography. Always excited to explore new paths, whether as a residence advisor, Beaty Biodiversity Museum work-learn student or graphic design coordinator for the Student Leadership Conference.

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2019


Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar

Student, Software Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Gamer, engineer, #UBCringette player, and leader following the path to becoming a game developer while giving back along the way.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015

Shirley Nakata

Shirley Nakata

Ombudsperson for Students, Office of the Ombudsperson for Students

Ombudsperson for Students, feminist mother and lawyer, 1.5 generation Japanese Canadian. A cynical optimist. A cosmologist-wannabe. Always in pursuit of good books and good food.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2015

Kenneth Chau

Kenneth Chau

Associate Professor

UBC prof pushing the limits of what we can do with light, while illuminating young minds.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2015


Linda Ong

Linda Ong

Director, Communications and Marketing, UBC Library

Campus connector, inspired by curiosity, proud alumna, accredited business communicator. Recommends thinking outside the box, but having a seat @ the table first.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2015

Romance Willson

Romance Willson

Student, Visual Arts, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Enjoying the mad existential circus of consciousness, pursuing the BFA dream from an accredited art program after overcoming innumerable “life events”—if you want it bad enough you can do anything, I am living proof.

Connections to UBC

Published: April 2015

Juliana Fridman

Juliana Fridman

Director of Interactive Marketing — Communications, Development and Alumni Engagement

A digital strategist and proud geek. Wearable technology enthusiast. Lives by the Holstee Manifesto, an adventurer by nature. Passionate about using the digital space to build connections and communities across the world to support sustainable and meaningful change.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015


Julie Robillard

Julie Robillard

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Neurology), Faculty of Medicine. National Core for Neuroethics and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Assistant professor of neurology. Neuroscientist and neuroethicist. Advocates for fact over fiction when it comes to brain health. Passionate about science outreach. Avid mountain biker and sailor.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015

Matt Brassil

Matt Brassil

PhD Student, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Mathematician focusing on algebraic geometry. Pianist, coffee enthusiast.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015

Zuwena Haji Machano

Zuwena Haji Machano

Student, Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Health and Exercise Sciences

Alum from SOS-HGIC in Ghana, developed unique academic programs that relied on the impact of emerging knowledge and services. Active in clubs and organizing events, including the Rejoice fashion show.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2015