UNBC research initiatives receive more than $395,000 in provincial funding

Five faculty members have received funding to acquire new state-of-the art equipment that will help their research into areas that will support the development of innovative technology to improve the lives of residents in the north, B.C. and beyond.

September 20, 2022
Northern Medical Program researcher Dr. Kendra Furber in a UNBC lab.
Division of Medical Sciences and Northern Medical Program researcher Dr. Kendra Furber is one of five faculty members to receive funding from the BCKDF; she is researching myelin gene expression.

The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) has awarded $396,557 in total to five faculty members at the University of Northern British Columbia to enable their research into areas ranging from wood building infrastructure to myelin gene expression analysis.

Researchers and projects at UNBC that received the BCKDF funding included:

  • Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Jianhui Zhou was awarded $99,979 for a project he is leading titled, Enhanced infrastructure for wood building vibration and acoustics research.
  • The Terahertz innovation hub, led by Physics Professor Dr. Matthew Reid and Ecosystem Science & Management and Physics Professor Dr. Ian Hartley, has received $99,969.
  • Northern Medical Program Assistant Professor Dr. Kendra Furber, in the Division of Medical Sciences, has received $99,459 for a project she is leading titled, Integrated analysis of myelin gene expression at the DNA, RNA and protein level.
  • Dr. Stephen Déry, an Environmental Science Professor, was awarded $97,150 for a project he is leading titled, Monitoring extreme climate and hydrometeorological events (MECHE).

“This funding ensures UNBC researchers and their colleagues across the province have the latest equipment and technology they need to conduct meaningful and exceptional research programs,” said Dr. Kathy Lewis, UNBC interim Vice-President Research and Innovation. “Whether the topics are DNA, engineering, climate change or physics, BCKDF supports UNBC researchers to create new knowledge and develop local solutions that have a global impact.”