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B.Sc. (Hons), PhD

Coordinator/ Instructor, Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Biology

604.986.1911 ext. 3492
Fir Building, room FR486
eugenechu@capilanou.ca

Education

PhD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, 2014.

B.Sc. (Honours), Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, 2007.

Bio

Eugene Chu (PhD, University of British Columbia, 2014) is an instructor and laboratory supervisor in the Biology department at Capilano University. His primary interests include genetics, cell and molecular biology, as well as biochemistry.

Chu obtained his B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University where he worked in several labs ranging from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, B.C. Cancer Research Centre, to a nucleic acids research laboratory through volunteer opportunities, co-operative education, and individual study semesters.

Chu went on to complete his PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2014. His research focused on determining how manipulating the behavior of a specific immune cell would affect its potential to contribute to heart disease. During his research, he was exposed to teaching undergraduate students for the first time as a teaching assistant, fueling a passion for teaching and learning.

After completing his PhD, Chu pursued his interest in teaching and obtained a position as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University in 2014 teaching cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, and a course on the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease before taking up his present position at Capilano University in 2016.

Outside of the classroom, Chu is a large advocate of promoting science to students. He is actively involved as a member of the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Society.

I have always been fascinated by the wonders of science and have committed myself as a teacher to sharing this passion with others. 

I am particularly interested in understanding the complexities of life, especially down at the molecular and biochemical level. Accordingly, I teach general biology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and microbiology.

Chu EM, Tai DC, Beer JL, Hill JS. Macrophage heterogeneity and cholesterol homeostasis: Classically-activated macrophages are associated with reduced cholesterol accumulation following treatment with oxidized LDL. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. Vol. 1831, no. 2, Feb 2013, pp.378–86.

Picard-Deland É, Lavigne C, Marois J, Bisson J, Weisnagel SJ, Marette A, Holub B, Chu E, Frohlich J, Hill JS, Jacques H. Dietary supplementation with fish gelatine modifies nutrient intake and leads to sex-dependent responses in TAG and C-reactive protein levels of insulin-resistant subjects. Journal of Nutritional Science. 2012;1:e15.

Yang M, Chu EM, Caslake MJ, Edelstein C, Scanu AM, and Hill JS. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 decreases oxidized lipoprotein cellular association by human macrophages and hepatocytes.  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 2010 Feb;1801(2):176-82.

Cham KK, Baker JH, Takhar KS, Flexman JA, Wong MQ, Owen DA, Yung A, Kozlowski P, Reinsberg SA, Chu EM, Chang CW, Buczkowski AK, Chung SW, Scudamore CH, Minchinton AI, Yapp DT, Ng SS. Metronomic gemcitabine suppresses tumour growth, improves perfusion, and reduces hypoxia in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. British Journal of Cancer. 2010 Jun 29;103(1):52-60.

Teaching Excellence Award, Capilano University, 2018.

Rising Star Award, Capilano University, 2017.

Letter of Commendation, Dean of Science, University of British Columbia, 2013.