The volunteer team is a very important component of COERD. Without every one of these volunteers, COERD would not be able to run so smoothly. Every effort our volunteers have contributed to the lab is noted. COERD is most grateful for all the help provided by our volunteer team and we always hope that the experiences and knowledge they gain from working with COERD equip them for their exciting future endeavours.

To all our current and past volunteers, THANK YOU for your dedication towards COERD.


Wayne Tse

 Wayne_TseWayne Tse is a 3rd year undergraduate student at UBC studying Science. One day, Wayne hopes to be able to make a tangible and meaningful contribution to the medical community. From joining COERD, he wants to understand how a ubiquitous pollutant such as diesel exhaust can trigger NETosis. Currently, Wayne is volunteering under the guidance of Denise, assisting in sample processing and microscopy work. Beyond COERD and classes, Wayne enjoys taking photos, walking his miniature Goldendoodle, and working at the Chapman Learning Commons.

Brandon Sum

 Brandon_SumBrandon is a 3rd year Integrated Science student and joined COERD as a volunteer in January 2017. He found out about COERD when he was looking for an overlapping area between his interests in Human Physiology and Geographical Sciences. After discovering the unique in vivo studies that the lab conducts, he built his Integrated Sciences degree around how air pollution in the atmosphere can affect human health. Brandon’s volunteer duties include: serological testing, differential cell counts, maintaining cell cultures and general inventory and sorting of samples. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, playing badminton and discovering new places to eat.

Angela Yang

Angela_YangAngela is an anthropology student minoring in public health at UBC who is currently involved as a volunteer with COERD. She is passionate about health care and excited to apply her background in medical anthropology to this field in the future. Angela currently assists the lab with administrative duties. In her spare time, Angela enjoys outdoor activities, curling, and watching movies.

Patrick Liu

PatrickPatrick is a 2nd year Mechatronics Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and a native Vancouverite. At COERD, he has been developing software to aid the team in data collection and archival for future studies. He hopes that his dedication to improving data storage at COERD will aid with future studies and improve the ease of data analysis for studies. Outside of COERD, he enjoys listening to music, road biking, and cross-country skiing

Douglas Zhong

IMG_8178Douglas is currently a Microbiology and Immunology student at UBC volunteering with COERD. He currently assists the lab with administrative and organizational duties, occasionally helps with sample processing. Science is something that truly fascinates him and he would like to always learn more. He hopes to pursue a career in medical research and healthcare. Outside of volunteering and school work, he enjoys reading books, watching movies, playing music, and just hanging out with friends.

Celina Sewlochan

SEWLOCHAN, CelinaCelina is a Microbiology and Immunology student at UBC who is currently a volunteer with COERD.  She is fascinated by how the components of our innate and adaptive immunity work in concert to protect and evade our body of pathogens. She hopes to apply to medical school and pursue a career in the health care industry. At COERD, Celina is responsible for creating an inventory of samples from past studies, assisting with serological testing and will be contributing to data analysis on COERD’s blinding techniques. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Vancouver General Hospital, hiking around BC and socializing with friends.

Ayman Azhar

headshotAyman is a 4th year Biology student, currently volunteering in various administrative aspects for several clinical studies. In the future, Ayman hopes to blend her biology background with computer science, to take an innovative approach towards research. Outside of the lab she is an active member of numerous initiatives such as Empower the Future, LET’S International Charitable Association, and is also a Research Assistant for the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Endocrinology. In her spare time, Ayman enjoys painting, and trying out extreme sports like skydiving and white-water rafting.

Vanessa Cheng


Vanessa is currently a 3rd year Biology student at UBC. She is currently aiding in organizing sample types from current studies and updating the inventory. She was first introduced to the biological effects of pollution through Model UN, where her committee debated and created an action plan to reduce air pollution in Asia. Her goal at COERD is to slowly learn more about the various aspects involved in research, and to gain experience in both clinical and lab settings. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, cooking, and hanging out with friends.

Tina Afshar


Tina is a Combined Major in Science student at UBC, studying Chemistry, Life Sciences and Physics. She is passionate about health care and hopes to pursue a career in medicine and public health. At COERD, Tina is currently helping sort and create an inventory of samples. She also works as a research assistant in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, at the School of Population and Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys reading, binge-watching TV and volunteering at Richmond Hospital.

Cindy Liang

imageCindy is a recent graduate from University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s of Biomedical Science. She has profound interest in human physiology and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare. Cindy currently works as a respiratory technician at UBC Lung Centre, where she teaches patients how to perform spirometry tests, and as a volunteer at COERD in sample sorting and administrative duties. At COERD, Cindy hopes to gain more research experience as well as see first hand the impact of various studies on improving patient health. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys hot yoga, watching movies, and going on road trips with friends.


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