Investigators

Pierre Lane, Ph.D, P.Eng
Senior Scientist
plane@bccrc.ca
(604) 675-8087
Dr. Lane is a Principal Investigator at the BCCRC. He has formal training in Engineering Physics and holds academic appointments at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Dr. Lane is interested in the in vivo application of optical imaging, tissue optics, and spectroscopy for the early detection, diagnosis, and management of cancer. He develops and evaluates new optical tools to address unmet clinical needs and works closely with clinical collaborators to evaluate and test these tools in a clinical context. These tools include instrumentation, software, computer algorithms, systems and devices that can be used clinically or in a laboratory to measure the structural, morphological, functional, biochemical or molecular characteristics of tissue.
Active projects involve the application of optical coherence tomography, confocal microscopy, and autofluorescence imaging to the lung, oral cavity, fallopian tubes, and cervix.
 
Calum MacAulay, Ph.D
Distinguished Scientist
cmacaula@bccrc.ca
(604) 675-8080
Dr. MacAulay is the Head of Integrative Oncology at the BCCRC. His formal training includes a BSc in Engineering Physics (1982) from Dalhousie University, an MSc in Physics (1985) from Dalhousie University, and a PhD in Physics (1989) from the University of British Columbia. Dr. MacAulay is an Associate Member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. MacAulay’s research focuses on the development of clinical tools for the detection, grading, and treatment of early, non-invasive cancer. It has long been recognized that cancer can be successfully treated at an early stage, including cancer of the lung, breast, cervix, colon and prostate. Dr. MacAulay’s work includes the development of both macroscopic and microscopic optical imaging devices, image analysis and automated assessment, artificial intelligence, and clinical translation of these technologies.
 

Staff

Geoffrey Hohert
Research Engineer
ghohert@bccrc.ca
(604) 675-8000 ext 7092
Geoffrey has a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Geoffrey has the perfect mix of engineering skills for the design and fabrication clinic-ready instrumentation. He is responsible for production, validation and quality control of the OCT-AFI catheters used in our research studies. In addition, Geoffrey develops new optical fiber processing techniques for the next generation of catheters, and translation of new instrumentation to clinical settings. His recent work has included adapting these imaging modalities to applications including lung cancer detection, lung transplant monitoring, pancreatic cancer detection, and assessment of the fallopian tube.
 

Sylvia Lam
Research Assistant
sflam@bccrc.ca
(604) 675-8093
Sylvia has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is also a graduate of the Biomedical Engineering program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Sylvia is the go-to person in the lab and clinic. She coordinates applications to the Research Ethics Board for new studies. 
 
 
 
 

Malcolm Brown
Research Engineer
mbrown@bccrc.ca
(604) 675-8000 ext 7092
Malcolm has a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Biomedical Engineering Simon Fraser University (SFU). His research started at SFU’s Menrva Research Group, writing data acquisition and display software. At the OCIL, Malcolm is focusing on image reconstruction from novel scanning systems.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Graduate Students

Jeanie Malone
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering (UBC)
jmalone@bccrc.ca
Jeanie graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. Her work focuses on clinical translation: she is exploring the utility of endoscopic OCT and OCT-AFI for early gynaecologic cancer detection, and management of lung transplant rejection. Jeanie is currently leading clinical studies imaging the ex vivo fallopian tubes and in vivo endocervical canal.
 
 
 
 
Adrian Tanskanen
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering (UBC)
atanskanen@bccrc.ca
Adrian is a graduate of SFU with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics. He is interested in advancing the state-of-the art in multimodal endoscopic imaging, in particular, the effective combination of OCT and low NA modalities (such as autofluorescence, fluorescence lifetime, and/or reflectance). Adrian’s work seeks to explore the multipath artifacts present in double clad fiber and develop techniques to improve image quality in multimodal single fiber probes.
 
 
 
Eric Brace
PhD Student, Engineering Science – Interdisciplinary Oncology Graduate Specialization (SFU)
ebrace@bccrc.ca
Eric holds Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Applied Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Eric is developing imaging tools for biopsy guidance and surgical margin detection of oral cancer. This includes the development of micromotor-based imaging probes, angiography algorithms, and a new imaging platform.
 
 
 
 
 
Ian Janzen
PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program (UBC)
ijanzen@bccrc.ca
Ian holds a BSc in physics from UBC, and his background is in medical physics. His work is focused on lung cancer management using computer vision tools and artificial intelligence.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chloe Hill
MASc Student, Engineering Science (SFU)
Chloe Hill graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering. Chloe is developing image analysis tools using deep learning networks to support clinicians in the detection and diagnosis of oral cancers. Her work is focused on segmentation tools that allow for rapid assessment of epithelial and stromal changes.
 
 

Graduates

 

Alumni

Co-ops, Summer Students & Undergrad Theses

Andrea Manjarres, Co-op Student & Undergraduate Thesis

Oleksii (Alex) Proskurin, Co-op Student

Ian Thompson, Co-op Student

Carley Schwartz, Co-op Student

Elizabeth Wicks, Co-op Student

Riley Marsh, Co-op Student

Ryan Goldan, Co-op Student & Undergraduate Thesis

Lucas Cahill, Co-op Student & Undergraduate Thesis

Joel McFaul, Co-op Student

Michelle Cua, Co-op Student

Larix Lee, Co-op Student

Michael Yalowsky, Co-op Student

Brian McFadden, Co-op Student

Greg Dennis, Co-op Student

Ricky Lo, Co-op Student

Siebren Kwekkeboom, Co-op Student

Eric Finlay, Co-op Student

Investigators, Post-Doctoral Fellows & Staff

Dr. Anthony Lee, Staff Scientist

Andrea (Andie) Buenconsejo, Research Assistant

Dr. Hamid Pahlevaninezhad, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Colin Schlosser, Research Engineer

Soufiane El Hallani, Research Fellow

Mark Cardeno, Research Technologist

Sujin Lee, Graduate Student Collaborator

Jinbiao Xu, Programmer

Nasir Zulkafly, Research Engineer

Daryl Hyun, Research Assistant

Jamie Cole, Programmer

Dr. Anders Ballestad, Post-Doctoral Fellow