About Us

Lab Team

Current Members

Sarah Bowers

UBC 4th Year Student

Sarah Bowers

Sarah is a fourth-year Honours Biochemistry student at the University of British Columbia. She joined the Brown Lab as a UBC Centre for Blood Research (2018) and UBC Faculty of Medicine (2019) Summer Fellow and is excited to be taking part in a patient-oriented research program. Her honours thesis work is focused on identifying biologic underpinnings for a recently described form of childhood vasculitis.

Kristen Gibson

UBC Graduate Student

Kristen Gibson

Kristen completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics (Honours) and Immunology (Minor) from Western University. She began graduate studies in the UBC Dept. of Medical Genetics in Sept 2016. Her doctoral thesis work is focused on genetic underpinnings and genotype-phenotype relationships in pediatric vasculitis.

Stephanie Hughes

Lab Manager

Stephanie Hughes

Stephanie gained a microbiology (honours) degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her career path has bridged scientific research, biotech, industrial quality control and laboratory management. Presently she manages Dr. Brown’s lab to ensure smooth running and facilitating various lab based research.

Dr. Lovro Lamot

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lovro Lamot

Dr. Lovro Lamrot has been heavily involved for the past 11 years in clinical care and research for childhood rheumatic diseases. He completed his MD and Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine (Croatia). His doctoral research focused on identifying genetic causes for the varied clinical presentation of juvenile spondyloarthritis.

Iwona Niemietz

UBC Graduate Student

Iwona Niemietz

Iwona completed a degree in Pharmacy at the Medical University of Silesia (Katowice, Poland). Working as a pharmacist, she witnessed patients struggling with limited efficacy and/or side effects from immune suppressive drugs. Inspired by these experiences she began graduate studies at UBC Microbiology and Immunology in January 2017. Her doctoral thesis work is focused on novel biomarkers of autoinflammatory diseases.

Dr. Martina Sundqvist

Visiting Scientist

Dr. Martina Sundqvist

Dr. Martina completed an M.Sc. in pharmacology (2009) and a Ph.D., focused on neutrophil functions and biomarkers in pediatric (auto)inflammatory conditions (2013), at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). She then worked for two years as a licenced pharmacist before performing her first post doc, focusing on activation and signaling of G-protein coupled receptors, at the University of Gothenburg. With funding from the IFs foundation – The Swedish Pharmacy Society – she is now conducting research with the aim of identifying pharmacogenomic predictors of drug sensitivity in children suffering from Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Summer Students & Volunteers

  • Dilpreet Bharaj

    UBC Pharmacy, volunteer

  • Jenny Chen

    UBC Microbiology & Immunology, Centre for Blood Research Summer Fellow

  • Rafid Haq

    UBC Microbiology & Immunology, volunteer