Dr. Pakpour joined UBC in 2018 as an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering.

She is a highly accomplished researcher with a track record of academic excellence during her Ph.D. at UBC, followed by her Postdoctoral appointment at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Her fundamental research interest is to better comprehend forces and factors influencing the human microbiome, and how microorganisms interact with their environment, with each other, and with their host. She has also continuously focused on translating basic microbiome discovery into applications ranging from bioengineering and biomaterials to medicine. Besides her core independent research, Dr. Pakpour has initiated and led a number of joint international projects. Currently, she is the microbiome research lead in the Nurse Engagement Wellness Study (NEWS) as part of the Hoffmann Program on Chemicals at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as the lead of Human Virus Project at MIT Center of Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics. Her background and broad expertise in microbiome science, omic technologies and advanced bioinformatics have allowed her to establish the Biomedical Microbiome Research (BMR) laboratory at UBC focusing on advancing microbiome science in health and disease.

Dr. Pakpour is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards from The Fonds de recherche du Quebec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), as well as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

A distinguished scholar, Dr. Sepideh Pakpour has worked with prestigious institutions around the world.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Infectious Disease & Microbiome, Broad Insititute of Harvard & Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Biological Engineering, MIT
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • PhD – Biology, University of British Columbia
  • MSc – Food Science & Agriculture Chemistry, McGill University

The Pakpour Laboratory has conducted extensive research in a wide variety of subjects.

  • Human Virome in Health and Disease
  • Non-invasive Microbiome Based Diagnostics and Therapies
  • Healthy Built Environment