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Claire Cupples

Dean of Science and Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Cupples has worked as a scientist, faculty member and administrator in three Canadian comprehensive universities since 1989.

Media

Opening of SFU Observatory

Global NewsTelevision

URL: http://globalnews.ca/news/1938525/new-observatory-to-open-at-sfu/

Celebrating the Trottier Observatory - a new venue for science outreach at SFU.

CBC Radio, February 20, 2012Radio/Podcast

URL: http://www.cbc.ca/airplay/episodes/2012/02/20/scientists-call-for-better-science-education/

We need to find better ways of teaching science if we are to capture students' interest.

People-centered science will attract more women to the field

Vancouver Sun, March 15, 2011Print

URL: https://informedopinions.org/our-impact/graduate-showcase/published-commentary-by-io-grads-2011/people-centred-science-will-attract-more-women-to-field/

You don't have to lock yourself away in a laboratory to be a successful scientist.

SFU student says thanks to high school math teacher

Simon Fraser University News, May 4, 2016Online

URL: https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2016/sfu-student-says-thanks-to-high-school-math-teacher.html

Have you ever wanted to let one of your high school teachers know how much they shaped your educational experience? SFU statistics student Nikola Surjanovic did.

Opinion: How basic academic research leads to innovation

Vancouver Sun, April 10, 2016Online

URL: http://vancouversun.com/opinion/opinion-how-basic-academic-research-leads-to-innovation

There’s a disconnect between Canada’s capacity to innovate and our capacity to commercialize those innovations — or so the story goes. It’s been repeated so often it’s become a mantra in certain circles, and it was hauled out again recently in an opinion piece that wondered how we can get Canada’s health research “out of the lab and into the market.” Their solutions are always the same: reject investments in purely academic research in favour of market-driven research.

Wot the 'L—Does MutL do?

Published by Mutation Research / Reviews in Mutation Research

2010 In model DNA, A pairs with T, and C with G. However, in vivo, the complementarity of the DNA strands may be disrupted by errors in DNA replication, biochemical modification of bases and recombination. In prokaryotic organisms, mispaired bases are recognized by ...

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1383574210000852

MutL: conducting the cell's response to mismatched and misaligned DNA

Published by Bioessays

2010 Base pair mismatches in DNA arise from errors in DNA replication, recombination, and biochemical modification of bases. Mismatches are inherently transient. They are resolved passively by DNA replication, or actively by enzymatic removal and resynthesis ...

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bies.200900089/full

MBD4-mediated glycosylase activity on a chromatin template is enhanced by acetylation

Published by Molecular and Cellular Biology

2008 The ability of the MBD4 glycosylase to excise a mismatched base from DNA has been assessed in vitro using DNA substrates with different extents of cytosine methylation, in the presence or absence of reconstituted nucleosomes. Despite the enhanced ability of ...

URL: https://mcb.asm.org/content/28/15/4734.full

Interaction between the mismatch repair and nucleotide excision repair pathways in the prevention of 5-azacytidine-induced CG-to-GC mutations in Escherichia coli

Published by DNA Repair

2009 5-Azacytidine induces CG-to-GC transversion mutations in Escherichia coli. The results presented in this paper provide evidence that repair of the drug-induced lesions that produce these mutations involves components of both the mismatch repair and nucleotide ...

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1568786408004217

Characterization of mutant MUTYH proteins associated with familial colorectal cancer

Published by Gasteroenterology

2008 The human mutyh gene encodes a base excision repair protein that prevents G: C to T: A transversions in DNA. Biallelic mutations in this gene are associated with recessively inherited familial colorectal cancer. The aim of this study was to ...

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016508508007762

Biography

Dr. Cupples received her BSc at the University of Victoria, her MSc at the University of Calgary, and her PhD at York University. She pursued post-doctoral studies at UCLA. She has held academic and administrative positions previously at Concordia University, in Montreal, and at the University of Victoria. Cupples's research focuses on the causes, consequences, and prevention of mutations in microbes and in humans, and she teaches in the areas of molecular biology and microbiology. In her role as Dean, Cupples works with departments to set the strategic direction of the Faculty, oversees the budget and represents the Faculty of Science as a member of the senior administration of SFU. She works to bring science to school age children and the general public. She has served on the boards of BCNet and the Science Fair Foundation of BC, and as President of the Canadian Council of Deans of Science. Cupples is also currently on the boards of TRIUMF, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and Science World.

Expertise

  • Writing
  • Women's Rights
  • Vaccination
  • Twin Pregnancy
  • Street Medic
  • Single Parents
  • Single Parenting
  • Research
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Reproductive Health
  • Queer Healthcare
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy and Abuse
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues
  • pregnancy and sport
  • Postpartum care
  • Placenta
  • Parenting
  • Obstetrics
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Multiple Pregnancy
  • Moxibustion
  • Mothering
  • Midwife
  • Midwifery
  • Medic
  • Low Risk Pregnancy
  • LGBTQ
  • LGBTQ Politics
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Informed Consent
  • Homebirth
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Healthcare
  • Health
  • Health & Healing
  • Health & Healthcare Law and Policy
  • Gynecology
  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Full Spectrum Midwifery
  • Fertility
  • Feminism
  • External Cephalic Version
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Epidural
  • Community Outreach
  • Editing
  • Editing & Writing
  • Choice of Birthplace
  • Circumcision
  • Children
  • Breastfeeding
  • Birth
  • Birth Control
  • Baby care
  • Anti-oppressive
  • Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
  • Anti-racist
  • Abortion in Canada
  • Abortion Rights
  • Activism
  • Abortion

Education/Éducation

  • York University
    Biology
    Ph.D.
  • University of Victoria
    Biology
    B.Sc.
  • University of Calgary
    Biology
    M.Sc.
  • UCLA
    molecular genetics
    post-doctoral fellow

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