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Rob first worked in a research lab as a summer student for Dr. Robert C. Miller on a project studying cloned bacterial Cellulase enzymes. Bob Miller’s booming enthusiasm for science is infectious and Rob caught the bug for applied Microbiology/Biotechnology and hasn’t looked back since. After completing an MSc in Network Immunology (J Immunology, 1990) with Dr. Geoffrey W. Hoffmann, he worked as a lab technician and graduate student on a series of medical and non-medically related projects all with a practical focus. Rob graduated from UBC with a Ph.D. in Animal Science with Dr. George K. Iwama studying Stress Proteins and Bacterial Kidney Disease in Fish (J Aquatic Animal Health, 1997). He has been teaching in the Biotechnology program at BCIT since the fall of 2000 and has also served as a member of BCIT’s Sustainability in Education committee. Rob’s interest in sustainability extends to his current research focus on cryodiesel and other low carbon emission biofuels.  His other research interests include proteomic analysis and modification of immune system receptor repertoires. Rob serves as a scientific advisor for Network Immunology, a local biotechnology company that is researching novel approaches to vaccine development.


PhD, University of British Columbia (May 2000)
MSc, University of British Columbia (May 1989)


Robert B. Forsyth, PhD
Faculty, Biotechnology
Tel: 604-451-7122