Assistant Professor Simone Castellarin (Wine Research Centre) and Assistant Professor Yvonne Lamers (Human Nutrition) are two of 31 UBC professors appointed/renewed as Canada Research Chairs (CRC) this week. The CRC program helps attract and retain top researchers across the country. This week’s announcement will support 18 new chairs at UBC and will continue to support 13 renewed chairs. There are 187 chairs at the university.
Simone Castellarin, Canada Research Chair in Viticulture and Plant Genomics; Asst. Professor, Wine Research Centre
Castellarin studies the biological mechanisms that control how grapes ripen and how they are affected by climate. He plans to develop new practices for growing grapes in B.C. and Canada with the goal of producing better fruit for high quality and more valuable wine.
Yvonne Lamers, Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition and Vitamin Metabolism (renewed appointment); Asst. Professor, Human Nutrition
Lamers studies vitamin B-12 and its role in fetal and infant development. The research will serve to review current public health policies related to nutrient intake recommendations.