The volunteer team is a very important component of COERD. Without every one of these volunteers, COERD would not be able to run so smoothly. Every effort our volunteers have contributed to the lab is noted. COERD is most grateful for all the help provided by our volunteer team and we always hope that the experiences and knowledge they gain from working with COERD equip them for their exciting future endeavours.

To all our current and past volunteers, THANK YOU for your dedication towards COERD.


Brandon Sum

 Brandon_SumBrandon is a 3rd year Integrated Science student and joined COERD as a volunteer in January 2017. He found out about COERD when he was looking for an overlapping area between his interests in Human Physiology and Geographical Sciences. After discovering the unique in vivo studies that the lab conducts, he built his Integrated Sciences degree around how air pollution in the atmosphere can affect human health. Brandon’s volunteer duties include: serological testing, differential cell counts, maintaining cell cultures and general inventory and sorting of samples. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, playing badminton and discovering new places to eat.

Angela Yang

Angela_YangAngela is an anthropology student minoring in public health at UBC who is currently involved as a volunteer with COERD. She is passionate about health care and excited to apply her background in medical anthropology to this field in the future. Angela currently assists the lab with administrative duties. In her spare time, Angela enjoys outdoor activities, curling, and watching movies.

Suzy An

AN, Suzy-squareSuzy An is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences program at UBC. Her research interests lie in exploring the effects of urbanization on human skin and uncovering the mechanisms behind the outcomes. However, she finds all effects of traffic air pollution on the human body fascinating and is currently in the lab as a directed studies student, aiming to process and analyze MRI data obtained from the EAPOC (Effects of Air Pollution on Cognition) study. Under the guidance of Ryan, she also aids with molecular biology techniques and maintains cell cultures and general lab upkeep. Beyond school and lab, Suzy enjoys travelling, binge-watching shows, cooking, and socializing with friends.

Abnashi Randhawa

RANDHAWA, Abnashi-squareAbnashi Randhawa is a recent B.Sc. graduate from UBC. Abnashi initially started in the Center for Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease Lab as an undergraduate research assistant through a summer studentship. He is currently a volunteer in the lab and he is helping with the PAIR (Phthalate-Allergen Immune Response) study, which is a clinical study that is focused on determining the immunological changes that occur after phthalate exposure in human atopic subjects. Under the supervision of Danay (leader of the PAIR study), Abnashi helps with the recruitment of study participants, management of clinical data, clinical sample processing, and a variety of other clinical and in-vitro based tasks. In his spare time Abnashi loves to spend time with his family, and he enjoys playing and watching basketball.

Patrick Liu

PatrickPatrick is a 2nd year Mechatronics Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and a native Vancouverite. At COERD, he has been developing software to aid the team in data collection and archival for future studies. He hopes that his dedication to improving data storage at COERD will aid with future studies and improve the ease of data analysis for studies. Outside of COERD, he enjoys listening to music, road biking, and cross-country skiing

Douglas Zhong

IMG_8178Douglas is currently a Microbiology and Immunology student at UBC volunteering with COERD. He currently assists the lab with administrative and organizational duties, occasionally helps with sample processing. Science is something that truly fascinates him and he would like to always learn more. He hopes to pursue a career in medical research and healthcare. Outside of volunteering and school work, he enjoys reading books, watching movies, playing music, and just hanging out with friends.

Celina Sewlochan

Celina_Temp_HeadshotCelina is a Microbiology and Immunology student at UBC who is currently a volunteer with COERD.  She is fascinated by how the components of our innate and adaptive immunity work in concert to protect and evade our body of pathogens. She hopes to apply to medical school and pursue a career in the health care industry. At COERD, Celina is responsible for creating an inventory of samples from past studies, assisting with serological testing and will be contributing to data analysis on COERD’s blinding techniques. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Vancouver General Hospital, hiking around BC and socializing with friends.

Ayman Azhar

headshotAyman is a 4th year Biology student, currently volunteering in various administrative aspects for several clinical studies. In the future, Ayman hopes to blend her biology background with computer science, to take an innovative approach towards research. Outside of the lab she is an active member of numerous initiatives such as Empower the Future, LET’S International Charitable Association, and is also a Research Assistant for the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Endocrinology. In her spare time, Ayman enjoys painting, and trying out extreme sports like skydiving and white-water rafting.


Nazia Hafina