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.

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


Juma Orach

Juma Orach

Student, Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

I’m committed to preserving human life one pair of lungs at a time by studying the effects of inhaled pollutants. Chai is my fuel and Salsa-rueda rejuvenates my soul. TV show enthusiast.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Liska Richer

Liska Richer

Manager, SEEDS Sustainability Program (Community Development, C+CP); Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Mobilizer, strategist, implementer, teacher/learner committed to addressing societal issues through community partnerships. Research in biodiversity, food, eco-human health. Foodie+DIY/Maker.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Rebecca Todd

Rebecca Todd

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Former contemporary dance choreographer. Current assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Uses brain imaging and other methods to study how what’s emotionally relevant influences attention and memory.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018


Tanya Chartrand

Tanya Chartrand

Undergraduate Program Assistant, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

Proud UBC alumna and staff member, firefighter, healthy living advocate and new parent of a teenager. Passionate about travel, country music, anything vintage, fun hair and line dancing.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Tommy Koh

Tommy Koh

Student, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Researcher and policymaker. Adopting a scholar-practitioner approach to solving society’s problems. Committed to persuade and be persuaded. Frequently on planes, sometimes at the controls.

Connections to UBC

Published: December 2018

Cecil Konijnendijk

Cecil Konijnendijk

Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry

Passionate about trees, and especially about contributions trees and nature make to better cities. Also an avid writer, and working on urban forestry matters across the globe.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018


Laila Telawi

Laila Telawi

UBC Alumna, B.A. International Relations (2017), Faculty of Arts

I can’t tell a joke. I either misplace the punch line or forget it entirely. And so I listen, because I find a unique form of beauty in the way people choose to share what makes them laugh.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018

Renita Drakes

Renita Drakes

Manager, Digital Communications & Technology, Faculty of Forestry

Barbados born, digital strategist, UBC alumna, saxophonist, and avid seeker of knowledge. Always on a quest to curate new experiences, preferably involving music, good food, and sunshine!

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Published: November 2018

Shahria Alam

Shahria Alam

Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC Okanagan

Professor in structural engineering at UBC Okanagan. Works closely with industry and community for developing safer and sustainable civil infrastructure.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2018