The ARC Team

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

Executive Leadership

Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

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.

Helen M. Burt, Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation

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 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) 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 UBC Vice-President Research & Innovation and Associate Vice-President Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, the Director of ARC provides strategic executive technology leadership for the 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 providing access to world class digital research infrastructure that will enable researchers to accelerate time to discovery and innovation.



Roman Baranowski, Software Architect 

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.

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.

Michael Tang, Scientific Analyst 

Michael Tang is a Scientific Analyst for ARC at UBC. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from UBC. Before joining UBC’s Advanced Research Computing team, he was the Database Manager at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation supporting the Centre’s data management needs including the use of REDCap. 

Jacob Boschee, Systems Administrator

Jacob Boschee is a Systems Administrator with the Advanced Research Computing group at UBC. He began his background in systems administration at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he maintained the research cluster on campus while completing his PHD in Physics. His research background is in quantum computing, phononics, and computational modeling. He is excited to assist the wider UBC research community with their work.

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.

Edith Domingue, Manager, Research Platforms 

 Edith Domingue is the Manager, Research Platforms 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.

Ryan Thomson, Systems Architect

 Ryan Thomson is the Systems Architect for Advanced Research Computing at UBC. Ryan began his professional career in systems administration at the University of Calgary where he supported the BioNMR and Biocomputing research programs. In 2007, Ryan moved to Vancouver where he naturally found a new home with the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, supporting the Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging research programs. Ryan eventually joined MedIT at UBC to support the administrative, teaching and research technology needs of the Faculty of Medicine and Distributed Medical Program. After several years with MedIT, Ryan resumed his passion for research computing support as systems administrator with UBC ARC where he has progressed to his current role as systems architect.

Kia Brus, Assistant to the Director

Kia Brus is the Assistant to the Director with the Advanced Research Computing group. She graduated from BCIT in 2005 with a Diploma in Financial Management and has since continued seeking out learning opportunities to build both her personal and professional lives. Prior to her current position, Kia has worked in varying support roles within UBC since 2008. Apart from her work, she is very passionate about and believes in the importance of a healthy mind and body…….and the goodness of coffee. When she’s not at the gym or hiking in nature, you will certainly find her with coffee in hand. She also loves shopping and a good mystery!

Yau Bing Chong, Project Manager

Yau Bing Chong is a Project Manager with the Advanced Research Computing team at UBC.  A graduate of UBC’s MLIS program, Yau Bing is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years’ experience in managing IT projects. Before joining ARC, Yau Bing was with the Infrastructure Program Office at UBC IT where she worked on projects such as the campus-wide encryption initiative, CWL integration for faculties and departments across UBC, and the Skype for Business pilot.  Prior to UBC, Yau Bing worked in web development, managing projects for client organizations that included the World Health Organization (WHO) and Nissan Europe.   

Kamil Somaratne, Administrative Coordinator  

Kamil Somaratne is the Administrative Coordinator 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. 

Tang Lee, Research Platforms Analyst I 

Tang Lee is the Research Platforms Analyst for Advanced Research Computing at UBC. Before joining ARC, she worked as a project manager with UBC IT and Library, focusing on enterprise-level data governance and research software development. She has extensive experience in health research, having worked in multiple international randomized controlled trials as the statistician/data process lead at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Tang holds a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics from UBC.

Hannah Park, ARC Systems Analyst

Hannah Park is the ARC Systems Analyst for the Advanced Research Computing team at UBC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining ARC, she worked as a Programmer Analyst at UBC IT, where she was heavily involved in root-cause analysis, solution delivery, development, and sustainment of the Student Information Systems.

Venkat Mahadevan, Cloud Systems Administrator 

Venkat Mahadevan is a Cloud Systems Administrator with the Advanced Research Computing group at UBC. Prior to joining ARC, Venkat was heavily involved with E-mail security, anti-malware, and Identity & Access Management initiatives at UBC Information Technology. Prior to joining UBC, he worked as a Systems Administrator/Developer for various organizations supporting research in transport information systems, scientific visualization, and data management. He is a world traveller and has lived in various cities including Lusaka, Zug, New York, New Orleans, and Lethbridge before finally staying put in Vancouver. He is eager to help the UBC research community achieve their objectives.

Scott Baker, Manager, Sensitive Research  

Scott Baker has a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from UBC, holds CISSP, PMP, ITIL, and Lean 6-sigma Green Belt certifications. He is the leader of the CARA IT-SIG, represents WestGrid on the Compute Canada Security Council, and has over 20 years of experience managing people, projects, and systems across a broad range of industries including private sector, non-profit, and government organizations. Scott has a passion for information security and enjoys the challenge of seeking effective non-limiting solutions in the ever evolving research environment. . 

Ken Bigelow, Systems Administrator 

Ken Bigelow is a Systems Administrator with the Advanced Research Computing group at UBC. Ken has over 20 years of experience as a systems administrator, with the last 18 years with the Department of Medicine at UBC. Ken has a particular interest in high-performance computing and has seen the evolution from cluster CPU computing to highly specialized GPUs for machine learning and image processing. He also has a keen interest in augmented and virtual reality. Ken enjoys working with all researchers, but particularly enjoys supporting students to achieve success.

Matt Smith, Manager, Research Systems 

Matt Smith is the Manager, Research Systems for Advanced Research Computing. Matt began his career providing technical services to the film and news industries in eastern Canada before joining MedIT at UBC in 2009. Matt eventually joined Psychology IT at UBC and led their mission to provide research-focused IT services. During this time, Matt developed a passion for helping scientists achieve their research goals through designing and supporting data collection tools, behaviour monitoring labs and research systems. After over 8 years with Psychology IT, Matt joins ARC’s world-class systems team to help provide infrastructure and resources to support research excellence across the university.

Bobby Nikkhah, Sensitive Research Security Analyst I 

Bobby Nikkhah is a Security Analyst for Sensitive Research with the Advanced Reseach Computing Group at UBC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature & Philosophy from Simon Fraser University. He has a professional background in Telecom, Payment Processing, IoT & Managed Services information systems administration, support and security. Bobby is enthusiastic about ensuring the security of UBC's Advanced Research data and infrastructure.

Winnie Chen, Administration Clerk, ARC 

 Winnie Chen is the Administrative Clerk for the Advanced Research Computing (ARC) team. She holds a Master of Science degree in Tourism Management from Bournemouth University, along with a Postgraduate Certificate in International Business. Furthermore, she has played the violin at a professional capacity for more than 20 years. Winnie has a wealth of experience providing administrative support for various organizations in Taiwan, U.K, and Canada. She is excited to expand her horizons at ARC.