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.

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


Catherine Rawn

Catherine Rawn

Senior Instructor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Here to teach students about psychology and what makes it a science, and to help support colleagues toward teaching excellence. Enjoys yoga, running, travel, Vancouver, good friends, good food.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Michael Brauer

Michael Brauer

Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

I study how the environments we live in impact the health of populations here and around the world. Some of my most productive thinking happens while cycling or watching baseball.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Miranda Dinwoodie

Miranda Dinwoodie

Student, Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health and Social Development

Human Kinetics student. Positive and motivated. Passionate about the health, and well-being of others. Dogs and coffee enthusiast. Inspired by my friends and family!

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018


Winona Kent

Winona Kent

Graduate Programs Assistant, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

SPPH education staff by day, writer by night. Storyteller since I was a toddler drawing pictures on walls. UBC MFA (Creative Writing) program graduate. Author of 5 published novels (6th on the way).

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2018

Hannah Wittman

Hannah Wittman

Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, UBC Farm, Faculty of Science

Sociologist passionate for equity and social justice in food, farming, and land governance. Loves to cook but does not have a green thumb.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2018

Isabel Truant

Isabel Truant

Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan

Aspiring artist. Loves drawing, painting, photography, and fashion. Inspired by the environment, the arts, and human emotions.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2018


Janice Eng

Janice Eng

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine

Alum; mom to UBC undergrad; tennis and cross-country enthusiast; neurological rehab researcher. Passionate in getting research off the dusty journal shelves and implemented to make impact.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2018

Jasper Murphy

Jasper Murphy

Senior Communications Designer, Student Housing and Hospitality Services

I’m the graphic designer for Food Services, Student Housing, Conferences & Accommodation and Childcare Services at UBC. Design and all things creative have always been my main focus in life.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2018

Mandana Amiri

Mandana Amiri

Research Engineer, Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Engineer by training and working in the instrumentation group in Physics & Astronomy Department with an amazing group of people. Skiing on a white canvas soothes my soul.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2018