Step_11: Punk-Rock Scientist

  • Distinguished Scientist, UC Berkeley

Mina may not look it, but she embodies the spirit of Punk Rock. A fiery get-it-done attitude, perseverance and an honesty. Mina is a world-renowned biologist, championing the field of tumor micro-environment and we were lucky to have her join us and share her experience about a life in the sciences. Definitely a must-listen to interview.

Mina Bissell's website (and bio)

TED Talk on Tumour Microenvironment


Step_10: The Middlewoman

  • Business Developer, Mitacs
  • Business Developer, UBC Research Office

Still deciding between academia and industry? In a way, Sherry's chosen both. Hear about how she facilitates collaborations between academia and industry, and learn about the ways you can acquire some cool new science skills. 

Accelerate Program

Step Workshops

Elevate Program

Step_09: Dr^2

  • Senior Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, UBC
  • Director of Hematopathology, BCCA

Andy is a Senior Scientist at the Terry Fox Laboratory by day and clinical Director of Hematopathology by night... he is, Doctor Doctor (MD/PhD). Andy has dedicated his life to medicine and science while maintaining sanity and family. We talk about how he choose to come to Vancouver and what's love got to do with it. It's an honest and insightful interview, a must-listen for those dreaming of a career in academia.

Step_06: A Natural Competence for Open Access

  • Principal Investigator
  • Blogger

Secrecy is ingrained in scientific research and it’s driven by competition for coveted research grants and space in high impact journals.  But, does this actually lead to better research?

Here, we talk to Professor Rosie Redfield about her belief that science is done best when everybody has access.  You’ll hear all about her open science blog where she posts her research as she’s doing it and how this blog propelled her into the scientific spotlight.

Rosie's Blog

Step_05: Executive Scientist

  • Vice President Strategic Relations
  • Vice President Research

"Do the right thing, for the right reason." The Sam Abraham philosophy.

We often view science as amoral and objective, but like any human institution that's not true. What we accomplish with science depends on how scientists apply their findings to the context of our society. In this interview we speak with Sam Abraham, Vice President of Research and Vice President of Strategic Relations for the BC Cancer Agency. We discuss how findings go from the lab to the bedside, the institutional hurtles along the way and how to overcome them.

Migration of humans: Paris 1919

The Race to Patent SARS

BCCA Principals for Commercialization

Biology as Ideology - Richard Lewontin [ Lecture ]

Step_03: Skin Stem Cell's M.V.Professor

  • Principal Investigator

Elaine Fuchs is ahead of the curve in skin stem cell biology. She's a professor at Rockefeller University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a role model for strong women in science. So how did a young girl from outside Chicago go from digging up trilobites and catching butterflies to a world-renowned scientist? Well it wasn't easy, but as you'll hear, it wasn't all that hard either.

The scientific philosophy of Strong Inference, or better yet the paper itself.