The ARC Team

Our multi-disciplinary team leverages decades of experience within a collaborative framework to serve UBC’s research community. 

Executive Leadership

Helen M. Burt, Vice President Research pro tem

Dr. Burt was born in Manchester, England and obtained her B. Pharm. (Hons) from the University of Bath and her Ph.D in Pharmaceutics from UBC. She is the Angiotech Professor of Drug Delivery in the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and began her term as Associate Vice President, Research in 2011.

Dr. Burt's major research efforts are supported by grants from CIHR and NSERC and involve the development of polymer-based drug delivery systems for controlled and localized drug delivery. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and holds eight patents.

She has been the recipient of several teaching prizes and research awards, including the UBC Killam Teaching Prize and Killam Faculty Research Prize, NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, CSPS Award of Leadership in Canadian Pharmaceutical Sciences and YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Science, Research and Technology.

She is a founding scientist in the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has served on the Board of Directors of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Steve Cundy, Director, Advanced Research Computing

Steve Cundy is the Director of Advanced Research Computing and has been providing dedicated and specialized Research Computing support to the Higher Education research community since 2002, joining UBC in 2005. In support of the Associate Vice President Research & International, Advanced Research Computing Advisor, and Chief Information Officer the Associate Director, ARC provides strategic executive technology leadership for the newly established UBC Advanced Research Computing team and leads UBC IT resources University-wide in enabling research computing support for UBC’s research community. Prior to his current position, Steve has worked in various Higher Education Information Technology leadership and support roles since 1997 with specific interests in enabling research through innovative technologies, IT service management, and High Performance Computing.

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Gail Murphy, Associate Vice President Research pro tem

Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Vice-President Research pro tem at the University of British Columbia. She is also co-founder and Chief Scientist at Tasktop Technologies Inc. Her research interests are in improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by giving them tools to identify, manage and coordinate the information that really matters for their work. Dr. Murphy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. With her students, she has received best and test of time awards from ICSE, ACM SIGSOFT and Modularity. She received a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Corey Nislow, ARC Advisor & Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Corey Nislow's lab employs genomics and develops biotechnology tools to address both fundamental and applied biological questions. The technologies include:  parallel genome-wide chemical genomic screens, high throughput cell-based screens and next generation sequencing. He enjoys teaching all aspects of biotechnology, genomics and drug discovery for students and trainees. Corey completed a BA in developmental biology at New College and a PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Colorado. He was also an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. He served as group leader in two biotechnology companies (MJ Research and Cytokinetics Inc., both in the San Francisco Bay Area) and as a senior genome scientist at Stanford University. He has 140 peer-reviewed publications, 6 patents and has co-founded 4 Biotech Start-ups. He has also had the great honor of flying 4 science projects to the International Space Station. He has sequenced several hundred human genomes, including his own. Nothing remarkable to report.

Staff

Roman Baranowski, WestGrid Site Lead

Roman Baranowski has been involved in HPC since 1991 and has been working as the UBC Site Lead for Compute Canada/WestGrid since 2003. In addition, Roman is a member of the Compute Canada Storage National Team and serves on the National Team: Simon Fraser University. His background is in Theoretical and Computational Physics and Chemistry with a PhD from Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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Jamie Rosner, Life Sciences Analyst

Jamie Rosner is the Life Sciences Analyst for the ARC group at UBC. He also serves as co-lead of the Compute Canada Bioinformatics National  Team, and is a member of the Compute Canada National Software Carpentry Team. He holds bachelor degrees in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and Sociology from the University of Manitoba.  Jamie worked at the Vancouver Prostate Centre in the mid-2000’s where he was the bioengineering lead in charge of microarray R&D and production.  Since 2008, he has been involved in bioinformatics, data management, and software development for next-generation sequencing (NGS) data in HPC cluster environments.  Most recently, he worked at the BC Cancer Research Centre developing NGS analysis pipelines, data management and visualization solutions.

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Megan Meredith-Lobay, Digital Humanities Analyst

Megan Meredith-Lobay is the digital humanities and social sciences analyst for ARC at UBC. In addition, Megan serves on the Compute Canada Humanities and Social Sciences National Team as well as the Software Carpentry National Team. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Archaeology where she used a variety of computing resources to investigate ritual landscapes in Late Iron Age/Early Medieval Scotland.  Megan worked at the University of Alberta where she supported research computing for the Faculty of Arts, and at the University of Oxford where she was the programme coordinator for Digital Social Research, an Economic and Social Research Council project to promote advanced ICT in Social Science research.

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Kaitlyn Gutteridge, Research Data Privacy and Security Officer

 Kaitlyn Gutteridge is the Research Data Privacy and Security Officer for the ARC team. In addition, Kaitlyn serves as a member of the Compute Canada Security Council. She holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she focused her epidemiology training on multilevel modeling of chronic disease development. She previously held positions supervising the implementation of large-scale research initiatives at Simon Fraser University and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Most recently, she served as the Privacy and Governance Lead at Population Data BC. In her position at Population Data BC, Kaitlyn served as the organization’s Privacy Officer and managed the negotiation, development, and execution of information sharing agreements and associated policies & procedures.

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Eugene Barsky, Research Data Librarian at the UBC Library

Eugene Barsky is Research Data Librarian at the UBC Library. He received his MLIS from the University of British Columbia in 2005. Eugene has been collaborating intensively with many peers across Canada and US. His recent peer-recognition included American Society for Engineering Education and Special Library Association awards. He published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and presented at more than 40 conferences. Eugene is an adjunct faculty member at the iSchool at UBC, teaching courses in science librarianship and research data management, and is an active member of the Pacific Northwest data curators group.

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Brent Gawryluik, HPC Systems Administrator

Brent Gawryluik is an HPC Systems Administrator for the Advanced Research Computing group at UBC. In addition, he is a member of the Compute Canada National Systems Team for Simon Fraser University. He received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours English) degree from the University of Alberta in 1994, completed various programming and server administration certifications from BCIT throughout the entire 2000s, and was awarded his Masters of Science in Information Systems in 2012. He wrote his thesis about the future practices and challenges of managing extreme-scale HPC systems. Prior to joining UBC, Brent worked as both a database developer and a systems administrator for 7 years at a UBC spin-off pharmaceutical company, QLT Inc. In 2003, Brent was hired by UBC Chemistry to help design, manage, and maintain UBC's WestGrid HPC clusters, Glacier and Orcinus, both of which achieved significant rankings on the world's TOP500 Supercomputers.

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Wade Klaver, Systems Administrator, UBC Okanagan Campus

Wade Klaver is a Systems Administrator at UBC’s Okanagan campus serving researchers there as well as the greater research community at UBC.  Wade began his career in Canada’s oil and gas sector, finally coming to UBC after more than a decade spent with various high tech start-ups in the Okanagan Valley where he worked as a programmer, Linux and UNIX system administrator, network engineer and manager.  A science enthusiast from a young age, Wade’s varied interests and technology experience are well-suited to engaging with the research community, understanding their needs and recommending and implementing solutions.

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Edith Domingue, Client Services Manager

 Edith Domingue is the Client Services Manager for Advanced Research Computing. She joined UBC in 2011 and worked as a Business Analyst before joining the newly established UBC Advanced Research Computing team. In her current role, she helps IT managers and project managers deliver successful projects and services by providing them with customer intelligence, impact assessments, communication channels, and a mechanism to solve issues as they arise.

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Chris Fjell, Health Sciences Analyst 

Chris is a Health Sciences Analyst for ARC at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. He holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine from UBC specializing in computational biology; his post-doctoral work involved genomics, transcriptomics and metagenomics as well as medical informatics. He originally trained in engineering and physics and returned to academic work after several years doing software development and control systems for industry. Before joining the ARC team, Chris was a research associate in a critical care medicine research group at UBC’s Centre for Heart Lung Innovation.

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Ryan Thomson, Systems Administrator

Ryan Thomson is a Systems Administrator with the Advanced Researching Computing group at UBC. Ryan began his professional systems administration career at the University of Calgary where he supported the well-established Bio Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Biocomputing (Molecular Dynamics) research programs. In 2007, Ryan moved to Vancouver where he naturally found a new home with the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at UBC, supporting the Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging research programs. In 2012, Ryan joined forces with UBC MedIT to develop enterprise IT experience while supporting the administrative, teaching and research technology needs of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Distributed Medical Program. Ryan is excited to support the advanced computing needs of the wider UBC research community.

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Kamil Somaratne, Administration Clerk 

Kamil Somaratne is the Administration Clerk for Advanced Research Computing. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2015. Prior to joining the Advanced Research Computing team, he worked as a Project Assistant for the UBC Terry Project and a Communications Assistant at the UBC School of Kinesiology. Apart from his work, he is passionate about interdisciplinary learning, podcasts, tea, and cricket. 

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