PhD or Master's Student, Biofluid Diagnostics for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Job Summary

A graduate student position (MSc or PhD) is available in the lab of Dr. Mari DeMarco in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada ( The graduate student will participate in the discovery of novel biomarkers and the development of new biomarker tests for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative syndromes, focusing on frontotemporal dementia or synucleinopathies (e.g., Parkinson’s disease dementia). Biofluid tests are desperately needed to help doctors diagnose these diseases when symptoms first appear. Timely and accurate diagnosis of the specific type of dementia has many downstream benefits including enabling access to the right therapy at the right time, and by helping individuals and their families plan for the future.

Training environment

The student will be based at St Paul’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of British Columbia, located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. The student will work in a collaborative clinical research environment, and will interact regularly with clinicians, biostatisticians, and other researchers.

About the DeMarco Lab

Combining protein biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and laboratory medicine, the DeMarco Lab develops new biofluid tests for immediate use in patient care. The group works collaboratively with health care providers and patients to design, develop and implement biofluid diagnostics to fill unmet needs in medicine.

Why apply for this position?

This position will allow you to solve real-world problems in medicine using analytical chemistry and protein biochemistry. Here your research can have direct impact on patient care as you work to identify new biomarkers and create diagnostic tools.

Qualifications & Skills

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant scientific discipline;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work in a team environment;
  • Previous hands-on experience with analytical equipment (e.g., liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, or spectroscopy) or protein biochemistry techniques would be an asset.

To apply

Submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV or resume, and (3) unofficial undergraduate transcripts, as a single PDF document, to mdmrco {at}      

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications that do not include the three pieces of information noted above will not be reviewed.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-55435 in all your correspondence about this Doctoral student position.

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