Staff Members

Agnes Yuen, Research Manager

YUEN, Agnes-squareAgnes received her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences from UBC. She joined the COERD group in December 2014 and brings to the team an extensive array of experience in molecular techniques and histology from her previous tenure in a plant genetics lab. Within COERD, Agnes coordinates the tasks involved in various projects, oversees the recruitment needs of ongoing studies, and manages the day-to-day activities of the lab. Her Diploma in Accounting from UBC also allows her to positively contribute to administrative work involving budgeting and finances within the lab. In lieu of working and studying, Agnes has a passion for theatre arts and live musical performances. She also loves to travel and to try different restaurants or cuisine and would always welcome food recommendations.

Ryan Huff, Research Technician

ryan-photoRyan received his Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, and completed his MSc in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in 2015 under the supervision of Dr. Marco Marra at the Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.  His MSc thesis focused on using genome-engineering tools to investigate the gene KMT2D, which encodes an epigenetic modifier frequently mutated in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Ryan is now focused on applying his knowledge of in vitro cell line models and molecular biology to investigate the ABC transporter ABCC4 (MRP4) in airway epithelial cells.  The aim of his research is to examine new molecular pathways in lung immunology that could potentially be therapeutically targeted.   Outside of the lab Ryan is an avid long distance runner, hiker, and skier.

Kevin Lau, Research Technician

LAU, Kevin-squareKevin received his BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics with a Minor in Commerce from UBC, and completed his MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Peter Leung. His MSc thesis focused on elucidating the role of bone morphogenetic protein 2 in ovarian cancer cell migration using a cell line model. At COERD, he does sample processing for the various research studies, clinical serological testing for the province, and maintains and optimizes workflow in the lab. Outside of the lab, Kevin plays volleyball and does wedding photography.

Carley Schwartz, Research Technician 

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Carley received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics from UBC. At COERD, she is responsible of operating/maintaining air quality instruments and in charge of human exposures to emissions from diesel engines. Her work also includes research and design for future projects including a system to study the effect on lung cells due to the particles emitted from biomass burning. During her free time, she also enjoys swimming, reading, and exploring all over the PNW.