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.

Peter Meiszner

Digital Editor and Social Media Strategist, UBC Media Relations

Lives and breathes social media. Loves to travel and has the collection of photos to prove it. Sometimes seen on two wheels, especially when the sun is shining.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 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

Reed Eaglesham

Reed Eaglesham

Student, International Economics, Vancouver School of Economics, Faculty of Arts

A student who has always been willing to try something new. From learning Bhangra to winning a Mandarin singing contest, going on exchange, trying Co-op, and volunteering with UBC REC.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2018

Terina Mailer

Terina Mailer

Manager, AVP Students — Student Development & Advising, UBC Okanagan

Passionate about our students’ success and learning in all forms. B.A.R.K. volunteer. World traveler. Be authentic, take risks and build on set-backs for a sturdy and resilient foundation.

Connections to UBC

Published: August 2018


Andrea Globa

Andrea Globa

UBC alumna, Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine

I studied how changes in synaptic proteins affect behaviour. Now I help UBC professors and students access research funding through my work with Mitacs.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

David Speight

David Speight

Executive Chef & Culinary Director, UBC Food Services

Passionate chef creating a sustainable and healthy campus food scene. Supporter of local food and huge fan of our very own UBC Farm. Vancouver Food Policy Council. Bike commuter. Proud Papa.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Katila Whiteman

Katila Whiteman

Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Major, Art History Minor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan

Consistently inspired and driven by nature to continue participating in the cycle of creation, explores physical spaces for hints to metaphysical truth and understanding.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018


Mike Marin

Mike Marin

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

Passionate developer of web-based teaching & learning material. Loves teaching, probability, and games of chance. Ex-blackjack & poker dealer. Fantasy football champion. Husband and father.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Shagufta Pasta

Shagufta Pasta

Educator, Career & Experiential Learning, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Storyteller. Social planner. Builder of community. Energized by stories, faith and cities. Committed to helping students navigate the new world of work. Lover of chocolate and cardamom tea.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018

Simone Castellarin

Simone Castellarin

Assistant Professor, Wine Research Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Canada Research Chair in Viticulture and Plant Genomics

Likes plants, agriculture, and wine. Studies how the climate affects grape ripening and works on developing new practices to increase grape and wine quality.

Connections to UBC

Published: June 2018