University of British Columbia (UBC Vancouver, Canada)
Organisation and Competences: The University of British Columbia (UBC) is the largest and oldest university in Canada, and its academic ranking is about 30th place in the world and 2nd in Canada, based upon several independent rankings.
The Faculty of Forestry was established in 1951, is currently the largest forestry unit in Canada, and in the past two decades forest genetic and genomics has become one of the strongest research areas in the faculty. The Genetic Data Center (www.forestry.ubc.ca/gdc) and the Center for Gene Conservation (genetics.forestry.ubc.ca/cfcg) exhibit the strength and speciality of forest genetics in the faculty. Outside of the Faculty, the Michael Smith Laboratories (www.msl.ubc.ca) provides associated expertise in molecular genetic research. Genomics is a common practice in the Faculty; at least six faculty members have received Genome Canada grants since 2001, including two grants awarded to Joerg Bohlmann and Kermit Ritland totalling over $20M dollars from 2001 to 2010.
Role: Participation in WP1, WP3 and WP6.
Staff members' profile:
Dr. Kermit Ritland- (PhD 1982 Genetics, UC Davis, California USA):Population and quantitative genetics, mainly of plants, with a specialization in plant mating systems. Conservation genetics of forest trees and associated organisms. New statistical methods in genetics and genomics. Development of conifer genome resources, particularly genetic markers using genome information.
Dr. Joerg Bohlmann- (PhD 1995, Ph.D., Technical University Braunschweig, Germany): Genomic and functional biochemical characterization of conifer defense systems active against insect pests and insect-associated fungal pathogens. Development of conifer genomic resources relevant to these characterizations.