Paul Adams, PhD
Dr. Paul Adams is the Director of the KPU Applied Genomics Centre and a faculty member in the Biology Department at KPU.
He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2010, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, and has worked in the field of genetics for over 15 years.
Paul has expertise in genomics, genotyping, metagenomics, quantitative PCR, Sanger sequencing, next generation sequencing, DNA profiling, molecular biology, cell biology, and human neurological disease.
Mathias Schuetz, PhD
Dr. Mathias Schuetz leads Hops R&D in the KPU Applied Genomics Centre. Mathias holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University and completed post-doctoral fellowships in the Department of Botany and in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia.
He has more than 15 years of experience in metabolomics, germplasm development, plant pathogen management, cultivar development, cultivation of hops and cannabis, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
Layne Myhre, PhD
Faculty & Co-Chair, Biology
Dr. Layne Myhre completed his undergraduate and Master's degrees in Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at the University of Alberta, and a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental biology at the University of British Columbia.
His research interests are genetics of development and aquatic toxicology/water protection. He is passionate about student mentorship and Indigenous partnerships at KPU. His primary experience is in transgenics, developmental cell biology and aquatic toxicology testing.
Nicole Tunbridge, MSc
Faculty & Co-Chair, Biology
Nicole is a project leader in the KPU Applied Genomics Centre and Co-Chair of the Biology Department. She received her M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University and has been a faculty member in the Biology Department at KPU since 2016.
Nicole’s teaching and research expertise are in the field of plant ecology and evolution. Her current research activity in the AGC is focused on new cultivar development and micropropagation of ornamental plants. She is also a member of KPU Wild Spaces, interdisciplinary research collective focused on place-based teaching and learning.
Mika Mokkonen, PhD
Mika, a faculty member in the Biology department at KPU, is a project leader working in the Applied Genomics Center. He received his MSc and PhD (with honours) from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University.
Mika’s 20 years of research experience are in the areas of evolution, genetics and ecology, with a particular focus on the genetics of health and disease. His current attention is on the development of a genetic test to detect and monitor a reportable salmon pathogen in BC, as well as trying to understand the molecular-genetic mechanisms underpinning the aging process in humans.
Lyndsey Baillie, MSc
Laboratory and Research Coordinator
Lyndsey Baillie joined KPU as the Laboratory and Research Coordinator of the Applied Genomics Centre in November of 2018.
She received her MSc from Dalhousie University in 2012, focusing on the study of population genetics in fish, and subsequently spent 5 years working as a DNA sequencing technologist at the University of British Columbia.
Lyndsey works on both Sanger and next-generation sequencing projects within the Applied Genomics Centre and organizes student and industry projects.
Garrett McCarthy, MSc
Garrett McCarthy has been a research technician at the KPU Applied Genomics Centre since August 2019. Garrett has a BSc in Biochemistry and a MSc in Biology from the University of British Columbia.
He has a passion for zymology and studying beer and wine research. He focused on wine yeast populations in the Okanagan during his MSc. He works on hops-related research as well as many other projects within the Applied Genomics Centre.
Patrick Taylor, PhD
Dr. Patrick Taylor joined the Applied Genomics Centre in 2023. He originally started his academic career here at KPU and went on to obtain his MSc from the University of British Columbia in 2014, PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2019, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University in 2022.
Patrick now has over 10 years of experience in molecular biology and genomics. His graduate work studied how bacteria use non-coding RNA regulation for antibiotic resistance and virulence. During his post-doctoral work, he became increasingly focused on using bioinformatic approaches to study bacterial virulence. Patrick now uses his biological and computational knowledge to bring bioinformatic solutions to the AGC.
Katherine Sims, MSc
Katherine joined the Applied Genomics Centre in July of 2022. She received her MSc in Biology in the Mattsson Lab of Applied Genomics at the Simon Fraser University.
Katherine has a passion for the study of plant development, specifically how the application of genetic tools is important for agriculture. Katherine’s research experience includes mutagenesis, shoot regeneration, and genetic transformation. At the AGC, her work includes the development of plant tissue culture methods and the production of novel cultivars through forms of induced mutagenesis using gene editing tools, such as CRISPR.
Abhinaya Venkatesan, PhD
Abhinaya joined the Applied Genomics Centre in August of 2023. Abhinaya began her academic career in India where she received a Bachelor’s in Bioinformatics in 2016. After working in the Biotech industry for a couple of years, she moved to Canada to pursue her PhD at the University of Calgary. Her research mainly focused on developing and applying molecular diagnostic techniques to study drug resistance and the molecular epidemiology of several pathogens of one health importance.
Abhinaya has over five years of experience in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), molecular biology, and bioinformatics. In the AGC, Abhinaya applies her diverse scientific and leadership expertise to work collaboratively on cross-functional teams.
Jermaine Walcott, BSc
Jermaine joined the AGC in 2023. Jermaine is a KPU alumni. He graduated from KPU in 2019 from the BSc Biology program. After graduating, Jermaine worked in the biotech industry as a microbiologist gaining substantial applied research and development skills.
The focus of Jermaine’s work at the AGC is diagnosing M.bovis and other infectious bacteria of concern in cattle using qPCR and conducting next-generation sequencing (NGS) on bacterial DNA isolates to analyze the composition of bacteria.
Michael Ke, BSc
Michael Ke started in his role a junior bioinformatician at the Applied Genomics Centre in September 2022. Michael completed the Health Science Honours program at KPU in 2021.
Michael’s passion for bioinformatics allows him to contribute to a variety of projects at the AGC. His work includes developing new DNA study protocols and genetic based diagnostic tools. In addition, Michael provides mentorship for the AGC student research assistants.
Erick Samera, BSc
Erick is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Health Science program with a minor in Biology. Erick started in the junior bioinformatician role on April 1, 2023 after working at the Applied Genomics Centre as a student research assistant for two years.
The main focus of Erick’s work at the AGC is on next-generation sequencing analysis and investigations using large datasets. Utilizing the knowledge and skills he gained over the course of his degree program, Erick contributes to the success of multiple research projects.
Taylor Chin, BSc
Taylor works in the Applied Genomics Centre as a research technician since graduating from KPU with a BSc in Health Science, minor in Biology, in June 2023.
Supporting many projects, Taylor’s work in the AGC includes insect identification using molecular methods (Sanger Sequencing), developing qPCR testing to detect microorganisms in soil, and studying DNA methylation patterns in mammalian embryos. During her time in the AGC she has also developed skills in DNA extraction, PCR, cell culture, and many other molecular techniques.
Shannon Rego, BIS
Research Administrative Assistant
Shannon started her career at KPU in 2019 in the Library where she became familiar with KPU’s administrative workflow procedures and policies. She holds a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley and worked for many years as a medical technologist.
Shannon supports the day-to-day administrative functions of the Applied Genomics Centre. She excels at providing exceptional service and enjoys working collaboratively with the AGC team, employees from other KPU departments, industry partners, and external stakeholders.