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George Iwama

Job Title: Professor
Employer: UBC
Place of Birth: Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Public School attended: Christ the King School, Japan
High School attended: Christ the King School, Japan; Burnaby Central; Centennial High School (Van.)
Further Education: University of British Columbia (B.Sc. - 1975, Zoology; M.Sc. - 1977, Ph.D. - 1986).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Okinawa, Japan, Hawaii (Inst. for Marine Biol., U. Hawaii, Manoa), Univ. San Carlos, Brazil

Brief synopsis of current research:
I am interested in stress physiology and how stress affects the health of fish. We are studying the physiological role of heat shock proteins in fishes that inhabit the intertidal zone. We are also describing the relationship between the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and heat shock proteins in fish. We work with aquaculture practitioners to develop stress indicators, and ways of mitigating stress.