Staff and Students

Christine Chow
Senior Research Technician
christine.chow2@vch.ca

Originally from Victoria, BC, Christine completed her Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at the University of British Columbia. Affectionately named “Lab Captain”, Christine brings 10+ years of immunohistochemistry experience from the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre (GPEC). When Christine is not at the helm, she spends her time trying new foods, cooking, baking, and training for running marathons all over the world. 

Shelby Thornton (She/Her)
Research Technician
shthornton@bccrc.ca

Shelby grew up on Vancouver Island and attended the University of Victoria to receive her bachelors in biochemistry. She found a passion for molecular pathology and research working at the Molecular and Cellular Immunology core at BC Cancer Research Centre. Shelby moved to Vancouver in 2020 when she started working with MAPcore to spearhead SOP development and implementation of multiplex OPAL immunofluorescence and Nanostring digital spatial profiling platforms. Shelby plans to pursue a career in Genetic Counselling. In her spare time, she loves backpacking, hiking, beach volleyball, biking, kayak touring, photography and cooking.

Olivia Sullivan (She/Her)
Research Technician
olivia.sullivan@ubc.ca

Olivia grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and has received both her BSc. in Behavioural Neuroscience and her MSc. in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia. Olivia’s previous research focused on the role of microglia in neuropsychiatric disease. In her new role as a MAPcore research technician, Olivia hopes to broaden her experiences in research beyond neuroscience and learn the pathological presentation of a wide range of diseases and disorders. Olivia is learning to use HALO AI to score and analyze brightfield and fluorescent images for research and clinical purposes. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, being outdoors, playing soccer, hiking and reading non-fiction books.

Samuel Leung
IT Manager

Samuel.Leung@vch.ca

Born in Hong Kong (China), grew up in Burnaby (BC, Canada), Samuel completed his Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry & Computer Science) at the University of British Columbia and Master of Science (Computer Science) at the University of Victoria.  Samuel is passionate about software and data engineering.  Samuel has over 15 years of experience in software development, data management, clinical informatics, and biostatistics.  Samuel is excited to join the MAPcore team, to apply his IT/analytics skills to cutting edge life science research.  In this spare time, Samuel enjoys playing piano and playing action figures with his son. 

Jocelyn Alicia
Co-op Student

Jocelyn is a Jakarta, Indonesian foreign student presently enrolled in the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology to pursue a dual honours degree in biochemistry and forensic science. Her desire to further her knowledge in the field of molecular pathology inspired her to become a co-op student on the MAPcore team, driven by her strong interest in the subject of pathology. Jocelyn hopes to combine her love of criminology and her scientific background as a forensic scientist in the future. She likes to read books, go to the gym, listen to podcasts, and spend her free time playing Mario Kart 8 so she can beat her roommate!

Felix Kommoss
MD

fekommoss@bccrc.ca

Felix completed his medical studies at Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany, after receiving a business degree from Hagen University. Subsequently, he began his training in Anatomical Pathology at the Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany. Currently, Felix is  a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver. His work focusses on molecular aspects of gynecological cancers, with an emphasis on soft tissue tumors.

Prabhsevak Johal
Co-op Student
pjohal02@mail.ubc.ca


Prabhsevak was born and raised in Vancouver, and is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia. Eager to find out more about the different branches of medical research, he joined MAPcore as a Co-op student to learn more about anatomical and molecular pathology. In the future, Prabhsevak hopes to study medicine in order to become a doctor, to help and educate his community on their health. In his spare time, Prabhsevak enjoys volunteering, finding new music, cooking and spending time with his dog.

Vicky Baek

AP Molecular Co-op student

vicky.baek@ubc.ca

Vicky was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Surrey, BC, and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology & Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. She joined the AP Molecular Diagnostics lab as a Co-op student to contribute to optimizing and validating new molecular diagnostic assays for pathology and engage in the research that could directly influence pathology practice. She also helps out in MAPcore to learn more about anatomical and molecular pathology. In the future, Vicky plans to pursue a career in medicine as a doctor. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, going to dance classes, biking and playing piano.

Navtej Kang
Directed Studies Student

Navtej was born and raised in Surrey, BC. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of British Columbia. She joined MAPcore as a directed studies student to investigate and compare different Opal fluorophores for the optimization of multiplex assays in fluorescent immunohistochemistry. In her spare time, Navtej delivers educational seminars at various schools and institutions as part of the Youth Health Literacy Network Association based in Surrey, BC. In the future, Navtej plans to pursue a career in public health and medicine. 

Michelle Ho
Work-Learn Student

mngho@student.ubc.ca


Michelle was born and raised in Vancouver. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology with a minor in Data Science at the University of British Columbia. In hopes of furthering her knowledge in the field of molecular pathology, she joined Mapcore as a WorkLearn student to contribute to various projects and develop her skills. Michelle is actively seeking opportunities in healthcare and research. Her research interests include—but are not limited to—microbial ecology and pathogenesis, the gut microbiome, and mechanisms of disease. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, going on hikes, playing her guitar, and running.

Investigators

Michael Anglesio
PhD

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Samuel Aparicio
BM BCh PhD FRCPath FRSC

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Ali Bashashati
PhD

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Amal El-Naggar
MD PhD (She/Her)

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David Farnell
MD FRCPC (He/Him)

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Blake Gilks
MD, FRCPC

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Lien Hoang
MD

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David Huntsman
MD, FRCPC, FCCMG

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Tony Ng
MD/PhD FRCPC

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Torsten Nielsen
MD/PhD FRCPC

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David Schaeffer
MD, FRCPC

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Poul Sorensen
MD, PhD, FRCPC

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Aline Talhouk
PhD

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Stephen Yip
MD, PhD, FRCPC (He/Him)

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Alumni

Julie grew up in Vancouver and attended University of British Columbia to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Master of Health Administration. Julie fully utilizes her expertise in project management and lab accreditation as she established and now oversees the AP Molecular Diagnostics lab at VGH. In addition to this role, Julie also took on the role as MAPcore’s fearless leader and to establish a business model for MAPcore to enable sustained operations as a core facility. When Julie is not working as a ‘woman in STEM’ role model, she enjoys travelling the world. 

Yimei originally came to MAPcore as a Direct Studies student from Dr. Anglesio’s lab. After completing her Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, we eagerly welcomed her back as one of our newest technician team members. Yimei’s main interest in immunohistochemistry has led to her being one of our main users of Leica Bond Rx’s for clinical and research assays (such as multiplex immunofluorescence assays). When Yimei is not expanding her well-developed technical skill set, she can be found reading or on the Vancouver waterways training with her dragon boat team.