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.

Pooja Khandelwal

Director, Career Retention, Navigation & Transition, HR Advisory Partnerships

Mumbai-born. Single parent. Avid hiker. Active meditator. Admires people who lead with courage and trust.

Connections to UBC

Published: May 2020


Lauren Casey

Lauren Casey

Manager, Indigenous Initiatives, UBC Sauder School of Business

First Nations; Haida nation. Traditional name is llaanaay, or ‘beloved friend’. Passionate about Indigenous rights.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2020

Mark Cembrowski

Mark Cembrowski

Assistant Professor, Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Interested in the neuroscience of memory. Yoga teacher. Likes handstands and calisthenics.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2020

Tabindah Shah

Tabindah Shah

Student, BSc Urban Forestry, Faculty of Forestry

Green infrastructure enthusiast. Has entrepreneurial drive to force change. Determined to improve at surfing.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2020


Diana Bartel

Diana Bartel

Communications Design Lead, University Relations, UBC Okanagan

Designer. Mom. Loves a good laugh, a good cup of coffee, a crackling campfire and a beautiful sunset. Geeks out over software updates. Appreciates a good design project, from beginning to end.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2020

Shawn Chang

Shawn Chang

Student, Biochemistry and Forensic Science (Combined Honours), Faculty of Science

Orientation leader. UBC Life writer. Keen on travel memoirs, gothic work and golden age crime fiction. Quote collector. Journal keeper. Sonneteer.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2020

Shernaz Bamji

Shernaz Bamji

Professor, Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health, School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine

Committed to understanding the molecular machinations of the mind. Up for travel, adventure and meeting new people. Unapologetic soccer mom.

Connections to UBC

Published: February 2020


Liam Orme

Liam Orme

Co-founder and Coordinator, UBC Climate Hub

Working to connect and empower communities around bold action on climate change. Trying not to take myself too seriously. UBC Bachelor of International Economics alumnus.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2020

Eric Li

Eric Li

Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan

Tuba player. Interested in marketing and consumer culture, health promotion and community development.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2020

Julie Walchli

Julie Walchli

Executive Director, Work Integrated Education and Career Initiatives, Faculty of Arts. Co-Director, Canada-Japan Co-op Program

Arts educator. Avid mystery novel reader. Baker and chutney maker. Believes in the power of mentoring.

Connections to UBC

Published: January 2020