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Dr. Robert Hancock

Head of Genomics, CUPIC

Director, UBC Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Robert Hancock (PhD, OC, OBC, FRSC) is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at UBC and is a Canada Research Chair holder. He was the founding Scientific Director of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network and currently heads the UBC Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research.

His research interests include antibiotic uptake and resistance, systems biology and the development of small cationic peptides as novel antimicrobials and modulators of innate immunity. He has published more than 480 papers and reviews, is an ISI highly cited author in Microbiology with more than 20,000 citations, and has 36 patents awarded.

He has won many awards, including the Aventis Pharmaceuticals Award in 2003 and Canada's three top prizes for Health Research. In 2001, he was inducted as an officer of the Order of Canada. He is co-founder of Inimex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Migenix Inc., and the Centre for Drug Research and Development, and has served as a Scientific Advisory Board Member or consultant with 27 Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies. Dr. Hancock is a key participant on two large multinational Grand Challenges in Global Health Research grants aimed at delivering antimicrobial therapies and effective vaccines to developing countries.


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