MSc positions studying metabolic biomarkers in cancer


Metabolites directly reflect genetic, physiological, and environmental changes and can provide a reliable readout for therapeutic effectiveness. In the assessment of cancer, metabolites excreted from tumors can be measured by routine non-invasive sampling of plasma and urine. In addition, metabolic biomarkers can signify altered metabolic pathways, allowing for targeted drug therapy.

The Velenosi lab is currently accepting applications for MSc students interested in studying metabolic biomarkers of drug response and characterizing therapeutic targets in cancer. Students will be trained in state-of-the-art mass spectrometry, basic molecular biology, tissue culture as well as highly translational animal cancer models.

The Velenosi lab is a positive and collaborative environment that provides strong support for student careers goals through the development of advanced quantitative and qualitative skills.

Please contact Dr. Velenosi ( with your CV and cover letter. Emails should have the subject “MSc Metabolic Biomarkers”.


The Velenosi Lab resides in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, a quarter-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art learning and research facility in the heart of campus. Opened in 2012, the Pharmaceutical Sciences building is home to cutting-edge equipment, laboratories, and research spaces.


Thesis-based MSc students in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences are eligible to receive a stipend. The stipend package normally includes a graduate teaching assistantship, a graduate research assistantship, and/or a scholarship. 

The minimum stipends in the 2021-2022 academic year are: 

Domestic MSc student: $27,500 per annum 

International MSc student: $30,700 per annum, which includes an International Tuition Award ($3,200) to each student whose tuition is not paid by an external sponsor) 

For more information on the UBC MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, please visit: 

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-55362 in all your correspondence about this Master student position.

This position will be supervised by
Interested applicants will have to gain admission to this graduate program

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