Since the spring of 2005, the BCCRC Graduate Student and Post Doctoral Society (GrasPods) has been creating opportunities for trainees and post doctoral fellows to learn and network. 



Dear Friends,

We have an exciting year of discoveries and opportunities ahead of us!

In the previous year, we hosted one of our most successful and highly attended BC Cancer’s Research Days featuring Dr. Ravindra Majeti. For this year’s Research Day, GrasPods is excited to announce we will be hosting Dr. Nada Jabado, a leader in the field of pediatric brain oncology.

GrasPods is beyond thrilled and honoured to have Dr. Mary-Claire King, a world-renowned geneticist, as our keynote speaker for this year’s Bennett Family Distinguished Lecture Series. We will be holding Jobs in Science Interviews for both our esteemed speakers for our trainees to learn from the best! We will continue to host trainee lunches with visiting scientists from our Monday Noon Seminars.  

GrasPods is dedicated to providing trainees with academic and professional development. Our successful R Programming workshops will continue and we plan to introduce workshops such as Flow Cytometry and other topics requested by our trainees! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas for workshops, we would love to hear from you!

Last year, we implemented new health, wellness and social initiatives including purchasing volleyball nets and our monthly Stress-Free Space event (last Wednesday every month before Art Night!). This year, we are adding even more monthly events such as our Board games night occurring the 2nd Thursday every month and Fit Friday occurring the 3rd Friday of every month!

GrasPods mission is to provide a sense of community among researchers and trainees, come join us at our events throughout the year.

We hope to see you soon!


Yours Truly in Research,

Jessica Pilsworth

GrasPods 2018 President

Who we are

President | Jessica Pilsworth

VP Internal | Vanessa Porter

VP External | Jasleen Grewal

VP Finance | Colin Hammond

Sponsorship Coordinator |  Patrick Coulombe

Academic Coordinators  | Angela Mo & Derek Wong

Communications Coordinator |  Ann Sun 

Jobs In Science Interview Series Coordinators | Yang Xia & Sohrab Salehi

Sports Coordinator | Adam Sage

Wellness Coordinator | Brenda Minatel & Courtney van Ballegooie

Social Events Coordinators | Cassia Warren & Erin Marshall 

Sustainability Coordinator | Katherine Dixon

Graphic Design/Posters | Sofya Langman

Webmaster & Social Media Coordinator | Kendall Greening

3rd & 4th Floor Rep | NA

5th & 6th Floor Rep | Courtney van Ballegooie & Cassia Warren

7th & 8th Floor Rep | Annie Cavalla

9th & 10th Floor Rep | Jennifer Lu & Rachel Cederberg

11th Floor Rep | Louis Fournier

12th Floor Rep | Lauren Chong

13th Floor Rep | Ryan Yen 

Genome Sciences Centre Rep | Jasleen Grewal

Prostate Centre Rep | Mannan Nouri

BC Children's Hospital Research Institute Rep | Hilary Brewis

If you would like to volunteer with the society, or have suggestions for speakers to invite, ideas for events, or other questions or comments, please contact us