Melanie Bertrand

Laboratory Manager and Research Administrator

Seti Boroomand

Research and Facility Manager

Brain Tissue and DNA Bank

Seti Boroomand

Research and Facility Manager

Brain Tissue and DNA Bank

   seti.boroomand@brain.ubc.ca

   604-822-0766

   DMCBH Room 3402

Dr. Seti Boroomand is the Managing Director of the Borgland Brain Tissue and DNA Bank at the Centre. She oversees the research services provided at the Biobank, including collection, processing, storage, and rapid retrieval of biospecimens and medical information for approved research projects. She uses a professional and compassionate approach to patient consenting that adheres to the highest standards of research ethics and patient privacy.

She received her Ph.D. in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia and has over 15 years of experience in biobanking human tissue and biospecimens.

Chris Crossfield

Managing Director

Chris Crossfield

Managing Director

   chris.crossfield@ubc.ca

   604-822-7282

   DMCBH Room 3408B

One of the original staff members, Chris has witnessed tremendous growth and maturity of the Centre since he started in 2000. With over 35 years of experience, Chris is responsible for overseeing strategic and operations planning, budget management, identification of new initiatives, facilities and space oversight, and construction projects. His duties also include human resources management, planning workforce structure, and providing leadership and direction to faculty, staff, and trainees within the Centre and partner organizations.

Proud to have been born in East Vancouver and lived here most of his life, Chris is an avid sports fan, enjoys gardening and spending time with his family at their rustic cabin on Mudge Island.

Daphne Druick

Administrative Support

Daphne Druick

Administrative Support

   daphne.druick@ubc.ca

   604-822-1388

   DMCBH Room 3408C

Daphne provides administrative support to directors Dr. Lynn Raymond and Dr. Shernaz Bamji, covering a broad range of tasks including managing their calendars, setting up meetings on their behalf and acting as the primary contact and liaison when their signature or input is required.

She coordinates and supports the Centre’s Executive and Neuroscience Research Colloquia meetings and any other ad hoc meetings, including the preparation of materials, coordinating the agendas, taking the minutes and organizing the travel plans and itinerary of visiting guest speakers. She also processes general office expenses and invoices and oversees the ordering of office supplies and catering. In addition, she provides general administrative support for all members of the DMCBH Admin team as needed.

Vanessa Hrvatin

Communications Coordinator

Vanessa Hrvatin

Communications Coordinator

   vanessa.hrvatin@ubc.ca

   604-827-4295

   DMCBH Room 3455

Vanessa is responsible for sharing the amazing work that happens at the Centre through storytelling, social media and newsletters. In her role, she is also responsible for keeping the website up-to-date and liaising with other teams across campus to help organize and promote events. Contact Vanessa for any communications needs, or if you’re unsure who can answer your question—she will find the correct person to connect you with.

Vanessa has a BSc in Biology from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Journalism from UBC. In her spare time, you can find her reading, playing tennis and attempting to learn guitar.

Juzer Kakal

Research Grants Facilitator

Faezeh Kharazyan

Research Assistant

Faezeh Kharazyan

Research Assistant

   Faezeh.Kharazyan@ubc.ca

   604-827-0672

   DMCBH Room 141

Faezeh’s passion for science and clinical research led her to join the Centre’s Borgland Family Brain Tissue and DNA Bank in 2018. She manages biospecimen inventory and the biospecimen database for the Biobank and supports day-to-day operations of the Biobank facility by conducting informed consent process, performing collection, processing, organization, retrieval, and distribution of biospecimens. Her other roles include assisting with amendments to the Research Ethics Board, developing and organizing documents, maintaining inventory of supplies and reagents, preparing Biobank facility for audits and safety inspections and training student volunteers on biobank procedures.

Faezeh has a Master’s degree in Science with a background in molecular and cellular biology and genetic analysis. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, and running. On cold winter nights, she enjoys doing calligraphy and illumination and particularly likes to combine traditional and modern calligraphy to create letters and styles.

Jeff LeDue

NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre Managing Director

Dynamic Brain Circuits Research Excellence Cluster Coordinator

Jeff LeDue

NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre Managing Director

Dynamic Brain Circuits Research Excellence Cluster Coordinator

   jledue@mail.ubc.ca 

   DMCBH Room 4510

Jeff manages the NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre (NINC) which is the DMCBH’s core facility focused on advanced preclinical imaging and microscopy as well as computation and data analysis. Additionally, he coordinates the Dynamic Brain Circuits and Connections in Health and Disease research cluster which brings together diverse scientists and accelerates their insights into brain circuit function by creating a stronger, more equitable and inclusive research environment: access for all to infrastructure, technology and training that embraces modern data-driven methodologies.

Jeff holds a BSc (Hon) in Physics and did his graduate work on optical instrumentation at the University of Victoria and National Research Council Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. Prior to UBC, Jeff worked as the Vision Science Imaging Specialist at UC Berkeley’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and School of Optometry.

Clement Woo

Communications Manager

Clement Woo

Communications Manager

   clement.woo@ubc.ca

   604-827-3396

   DMCBH 3455

Clement collaborates with colleagues from across UBC and the Centre’s partnering organizations to highlight the activities and accomplishments of the DMCBH’s members. He leads all internal and external communications activities including the website, social media, media relations and publications. He also provides strategic communications support to the Centre’s leadership team, staff and faculty members.

Clement is a UBC alumnus with over 10 years of experience working in the higher education and non-profit sectors. Known as a “jack-of-all-trades” multimedia guru, he is especially passionate about photography, film and graphic design.