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Dr. Guri Giaever completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a doctor of philosophy in biophysics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was also a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow, a senior genome scientist at the Stanford Genome Technology Center in Palo Alto, California. In that role, Dr. Giaever started the HIP-HOP chemogenomics laboratory. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Giaever was an associate professor and Tier II CRC chair in chemical biology at the Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto. Her teaching areas of interest include drug discovery, genetics, medicinal chemistry, and functional genomics. She has contributed to 140 peer-reviewed publications and 2 US patents.
Dr. Corey Nislow completed a bachelor of arts in developmental biology at new college (Sarasota, Florida) and a doctor of philosophy in cell and molecular biology at the university of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado). He is a co-founder and director of the sequencing bioinformatics consortium, and an advisor to the advanced research computing group all at the University of British Columbia, as well as a co-founder of Genetic Networks LLC. He formerly served as a group leader in two biotechnology companies (MJ research and cytokinetics inc., in the San Francisco Bay Area) and as a senior genome scientist at Stanford University. He was also an associate professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Donnelly sequencing center. He is the lead researcher for the genomics for precision drug therapy in the community pharmacy, a first-in-Canada trial that empowers patients to directly access their genome data for medication management. Dr. Nislow has been involved in a few notable scientific projects; cloning the first human mitotic kinesin, identifying the founding member of the set family of chromatin modifiers, and produced the first comprehensive genome-wide map of nucleosome occupancy in an organism. He is an accomplished academic with >190 peer-reviewed publications and 11 US patents, as well as an enthusiastic instructor that enjoys teaching all aspects of biotechnology, genomics, and drug discovery for students and trainees.