By Tim Philpott, Rayeheh Bahar and Jess Morrice

Tim Philpott is a PhD student in the Faculty of Forestry's Belowground Ecosystem Group at UBC, where he is applying metatranscriptomics to soil ecology (and hopefully before a new sequencing technology makes his new skills obsolete). Rayeheh Bandar is a MSc student in Experimental Medicine Program at UBC working on an epidemiological study on the prevalence of different skin diseases in various ethnicities, with a focus on Hyperhidrosis disease (an excessive sweating condition). Jess Morrice a MSc student in the department of Pathology at UBC, studying the pathogenesis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and specifically the interactions between microglia and neurons during early stages of the disease.