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UBC Library Research Commons: The Team

The Team

UBC Library Research Commons Team

Susan Atkey | Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Susan looks after the day-to-day operations of the Research Commons, and coordinates with Library and campus partners to ensure the project's success. Susan also organizes the Graduate Student Workshop Series - a series of workshops designed to assist students with all the steps of the research process, from literature reviews to getting published to measuring research publication impact.

Sarah Parker | Librarian, Woodward Library 

Sarah is a librarian at Woodward Library and the liaison for the Research Commons. She works with the Citation Management team overseeing the instruction for the RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero workshops.


Dean Giustini  | Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library 

Dean is a librarian at Biomedical Branch Library and a liaison for the Research Commons. He works with the Thesis Formatting team, and oversees the teaching of the Thesis Formatting workshops.

Sarah Blay | Koerner Library Program Assistant 

Sarah is the administrator for the Research Commons, and works with librarians and graduate assistants to coordinate and promote workshops and events. 

Maryam MohammadiThesis Formatting and Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Maryam is a third year PhD student in the Materials Engineering department at UBC. Her research is focused on industrial water treatment and the purification of drinking water. Maryam joined our Citation Management and Thesis Formatting team in September 2016. As a member of this team, she runs weekly workshops and provides technical support on citation management and thesis formatting through one-on-one appointments and email consultations.

Jessica LiThesis Formatting and Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Jessica is a first year Master of Public Health student in the School of Population and Public Health. She has done research in Microbiology, focusing on lipid accumulation in bacteria, and is interested in population health and epidemiology. At the Research Commons, Jessica facilitates workshops for Citation Management and Thesis Formatting, as well as individual consultations by appointment. 

José Arias Bustamante | Qualitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant 

José is a third year PhD student in the Sustainable Forest Management Research Group in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. His research focuses on Indigenous communities from Chile, with particular interest in the land access struggles of Mapuche communities. At the Research Commons, José provides instruction and support on NVivo, a Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS). He runs workshops, and also offers individual appointments, and e-mail consultations.

Sarah Zhang | Statistical Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

Sarah is an MLIS student at SLAIS/iSchool. Before coming to SLAIS, she previously worked as a Project Manager/Coordinator for an architectural firm, and has a MSci degree in Ecology. She is interested in multidisciplinary theories and methods, such as data visualization and GIS. As part of our Data team, Sarah works with Wendy on Quantitative Data Software/SPSS.

Allison Jones | Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Allison is a MAS/MLIS student at SLAIS/iSchool. They are dedicated to promoting and supporting lifelong learning, and are personally interested in local history and alternative education. As an undergraduate student, Allison worked as a peer tutor and facilitator, and now applies these skills in workshops and individual consultations teaching others how to use citation management tools.

Fernando Murillo | Thesis Formatting Graduate Assistant

Fernando is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education. His current research concentrates on the formation of subjectivity in educational experience, working from phenomenology and Lacanian psychoanalysis. At the Research Commons, Fernando facilitates workshops on thesis formatting, and provides individual consultations through in-person appointments or by email.

Jennifer (Jen) Abel | Thesis Formatting Graduate Assistant

Jennifer is a first year MAS/MLIS student in UBC's iSchool. She previously worked in the Research Commons from 2012-2015 as a member of the Thesis Formatting and Qualitative Data Analysis teams. She has a PhD in Linguistics from UBC, so she is very experienced in navigating the highs and lows of the the thesis/dissertation process.

Lok Chau | Statistical Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

Lok is a second year MA student in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology at UBC. He is interested in the applications of quantitative and psychometric methods in educational research. He has experience in data manipulation and analysis using SPSS and R. His current research focuses on the investigation of option position effects in multiple choice items. At the Research Commons, he provides support on quantitative data analysis software/SPSS.