Current Members



JunJunho Eom: Ph. D Student

M.Sc. University of British Columbia (Canada)

B.Sc. Kangwon National University (South Korea)

I started my bachelor with bioprocess engineering in South Korea. After my graduation, I broadened my interests from engineering to animal sciences including parasitology, herpetology and ichthyology. At the University of British Columbia, I specified my research interests to pheromones, chemosensory systems, animal behaviors and respiratory in various fish species such as the white sturgeon, pacific and sea lampreys, signal crayfish, coho and pink salmons, and rainbow trout.

After my MSc at UBC, I worked for a short period in the Wood lab as a technician, and I am enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the lab. My specific area of interest is in ammonia as a respiratory gas in fish, with particular emphasis on its role in ventilatory control, both centrally and peripherally, and the mechanisms involved, using the rainbow trout as a model system. I am also studying the phylogeny of ventilatory control. My studies to date have focused on the sensitivity of ammonia excretion to induced changes in ventilation in trout, and in the ability of ammonia to stimulate breathing in the Pacific hagfish.

Ellen Hyewon Jung: PhD Student

M.Sc. University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

B.Sc. University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

My research background includes thermal limitation, particularly with respect to climate change, and its effect on various steps of the aerobic metabolism in fishes. My PhD research focuses on the interactions of NH3, CO2 and O2 in the gastrointestinal tract of fishes, a subject with large potential implications for aquaculture, particularly with respect to the formulation of new diets and optimization of feeding regimes.

Beverly Po: Postdoctoral fellow

Ph.D. University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

M.Sc. Swansea University (Wales, UK)

As an environmental toxicologist, my research interests are on aquatic pollution and anthropogenic impacts on wildlife. In my PhD project, I studied the biotransformation and transgenerational effects of a persistent flame retardant on marine microalgae and invertebrates. In addition to that, other stressors, including hypoxia and ocean acidification, were also found to affect the bacterial community of biofilms and the settlement of gastropod larvae. I also have experience on the biodiversity assessments of forest, subtidal and intertidal habitats. Marine microplastics have become part of my research as I tried to identify the fragments from biological degradation.

My postdoctoral research is trying to determine the toxicity of major ions to freshwater species by measuring trans-epithelial potential. Based on the differential alteration of the electrical gradient across biological membranes (e.g. gills for fish), we aim to predict the mortality of animals under exposure to different ions and their mixtures.

Jun Wang: Visiting Associate Professor

Ph.D.  College of Marine Life   Sciences                      Ocean University of  China                                      

I am a visiting scholar from the Ocean University of China. In my research program in China, I am investigating the impacts of common pollutants (microplastics, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, and metals) on marine organisms and also developing biological detection technologies based on antigen-antibody reactions. During my Ph.D. study, I have established methods for the purification of two estrogen-sensitive biomarkers, vitellogenin and choriogenin, and developed immunoassays for these two proteins. Since my graduation from the Ocean University of China in 2015, I have done a lot of work on the combined effects of microplastics and other pollutants (phenanthrene and cadmium) using microalgae, zooplankton, and marine medaka as test organisms during my postdoctoral research.

I am happy to join Professor Chris Wood’s lab as a visiting scholar. At UBC, my research focuses on both physiology and toxicology. In the former, I will study the effects of different environmental stresses on the physiological responses of aquatic organisms (fish and crabs). I hope to improve the current understanding of the interactive effects of multiple stressors on the function of gills, gastrointestinal tract, and kidney. In the latter, I will explore the interrelationships and mechanistic interactions of different pollutants in aquatic organisms, and gain insight into the mechanisms underlying adaptation to life in variable environments.