A student-led publication that aims to highlight research by undergraduate students of all disciplines

Being able to publish your work is one of the most important skills for a successful academic researcher. However, at the undergraduate level these opportunities are scarce and difficult to access. This problem is compounded by the fact that many competitive scholarships and graduate programs require a strong publication record as an undergraduate.

CJUR was founded in 2015 by a group of undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada with the hopes of providing an accessible platform for undergraduates to gain experience in academic publishing.

Editorial board

Our editorial board is compromised of senior undergraduate students with extensive research experience. They are passionate about making publishing opportunities accessible for all undergraduates.

Si-ah Choi


Si-ah is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Honours Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in neurological disorders and behavioural neuroscience, and is currently studying the neural mechanism behind probabilistic reversal learning in rodents. In the past, she has researched the role of the complement immune system in patients with psychiatric disorders, as well as assisting with the development of automated neuronal segmentation and reconstruction through machine learning. Outside of work and school, Si-ah likes to spend her time watching k-dramas, crocheting, and searching for new songs to listen to.

Emma Lam


Emma is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Honours Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include behavioural ecology and social behaviour in nonhuman animals. She is currently working in an animal cognition lab studying the role that cognition plays a role in the success of raccoons in urban areas. She is also finishing up projects in a behavioural neuroscience lab investigating the relation between steroids produced in the brain and territorial aggression in song sparrows. In her free time, Emma enjoys reading and taking long walks in the forest listening to science podcasts.

Imogen Porter

Senior Advisor

Imogen is a fourth year Microbiology and Immunology undergraduate at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working in a pharmacogenetics lab, testing drugs on yeast with the hopes of understanding cancer drug resistance. In her free time Imogen tries to explore Vancouver on sunny days, and catch up on comedy podcasts.

Anushka Bellani


Anushka is a second year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts hoping to double major in Psychology and Social Justice. She is interested in research that deals with political and financial gender equality, institutional racism, and social behaviour and looks forward to gaining formalised research experience in those realms. Outside of school, Anushka enjoys spending time with her friends at the beach, travelling, and spending time on Pinterest.

Cyrus Bhiladvala


Cyrus is entering his fourth year in an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of British Columbia. He has a prior B.Sc in math from UBC, with a minor in physics. His interests range from evolutionary biology to paleontology to clinical research. He is currently volunteering at BC Women’s hospital, completing a project studying the impact of maternal stress on opioid use and post-surgical pain after cesarean sections. In his free time, Cyrus enjoys maintaining a garden, hiking, and playing chess. 

Angelina Do


Angelina is a third year undergraduate student studying neuromechanics, physiology, and immunology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests are centered around exercise immunology, the relationship between physical stress and immune system functioning. She is currently studying the role of cancer-associated fibroblasts in the progression of pancreatic adenocarcinoma in murine models. Outside of research, Angelina enjoys embroidering, long walks with music, and going out to eat with friends.

Paniz Ghavimi


Paniz completed her third year studying Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia. She is additionally interested in learning about the pharmacology of the circulatory and cardiovascular systems. She is currently completing an internship, where she is investigating and exploring links between coagulation and insulin signalling pathways. During her free time and outside of school, Paniz enjoys kayaking, travelling, and getting ice cream with friends. 

Puloma Gupta


Puloma is an incoming fourth year undergraduate student studying Psychology with a minor in Sociology at The University of British Columbia. Her research interests revolve around studying the onset and comorbidity of depressive disorders as well as understanding the roles of stress and grief in the lives of people struggling with mental illnesses. She has experience of working in various research labs in UBC’s Department of Psychology and Medicine, and is currently working as a Work Learn employee in the Faculty of Applied Science. In her free time, Puloma goes cafe hopping while listening to music. 

Mido Luo


Mido is a third year pharmacology student at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in clinical drug research and is currently involved in studies on cannabis, antipsychotics, and mapping various health measures in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside population. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and podcasting with friends.

Anjali Parthasarathy


Anjali is a fourth year Honours-Integrated Sciences student at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include immunology and immune-oncology to understand the role of the body’s immune system in cancer. She is currently working at BC Children’s to study the role of anti-apoptotic proteins in islets to navigate insulin resistance in type II diabetes. Additionally, she also works with the UBC iGEM team to apply synthetic biology to try and alleviate real world issues by coming up with novel solutions. During her free time, Anjali enjoys chess, reading and hiking and if she wakes up early enough, formula one.

Niki Shahraki


Niki is a fourth year Honours Physiology student at the University of British Columbia. She is an NSERC research student with interests in neuroendocrinology and women’s health. As a co-op student, Niki’s current research centers around investigating the impact of hyperinsulemia on breast cancer. This year, Niki is thrilled to contribute to CJUR by assisting in the publication of undergraduate students’ work. During her free time, she enjoys singing with UBC women’s choir and training for triathlons.