BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

Our more than 1,000 researchers are driven by a tireless commitment to help children and their families receive the best possible care and live the healthiest possible lives.

Together with our generous and visionary partners, funders and donors, and the families who participate in our research, we are at the forefront of child health. We continuously pursue new discoveries and innovations that benefit not only the 1 million kids in BC and Yukon who depend on us, but also kids around the world.

We are part of BC Children’s Hospital, the only hospital in BC devoted exclusively to pediatric patients. In the lab, clinic and community, our clinicians and scientists are:

  • Improving treatments and finding cures
  • Developing breakthrough technologies
  • Advancing knowledge of child health and development
  • Informing policy and practice

We do this through a wide and varied research portfolio organized into four themes: Childhood Diseases; Brain, Behaviour & Development; Healthy Starts; and Evidence to Innovation.

We are supported by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and work in close partnership with the University of British Columbia.


Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Afshar, Kourosh Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genital reconstruction and pediatric renal transplant
Anglesio, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cancer of the Reproductive System; Host-Tumour Interaction; Endometriosis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Immunotherapy; microenvironment; endometriosis associated cancers; Immunology; genomics; gene-expression and transcriptomics; Cancer prevention; ovarian cancer etiology; early detection biomarkers; animal models of endometriosis and cancer
Ansermino, John Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Health Information Systems; Biomedical Technologies; Technological Innovations; Global Health; Physiological Monitoring; Precision Health; Mobile Health; Outcome prediction; Sepsis in children; Artificial Intellegence; Automation in healthcare
Arbour, Laura Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) northern and aboriginal health issues as they pertain to genetics
Barr, Alasdair Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mental health and addictions, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and the medications used in its treatment, Anesthesiology
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Perinatal Period; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Maternal Mental Health; Pregnancy Outcomes; Perinatal Anxiety; Prenatal Cannabis Use; Developmental Outcomes
Beasley, Clare Louise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) identify changes in the brains of individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder that may elucidate the etiology of these disorders and provide clues to novel treatments; white matter pathology and inflammation; effects of antipsychotic medications on the brain
Bedaiwy, Mohamed Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other clinical medicine; Endometriosis; Recurrent Pregnancy Loss; Infertility; Minimally Invasive Surgery
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Healthy Starts; cellular and molecular processes that direct trophoblast cell biology in early placental development; Examining the A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase (ADAM) family in trophoblast biology; Examining the effects of obesity-associated inflammation on the maternal-fetal interface; Identifying gene expression differences in subpopulations of trophoblasts in normal and pathological pregnancies
Bettinger, Julie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epidemiology; Vaccination; Infectious Diseases; Health Promotion; Community Health / Public Health; Infectious disease epidemiology; vaccine clinical trials; vaccine safety; vaccine programs; Vaccine hesitancy
Brown, Carolyn Janet Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gene Regulation and Expression; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Applied Genetics; Epigenetic control of gene expression; X-chromosome inactivation; Long non-coding RNAs; XIST RNA; Genes escaping X-chromosome inactivation; DNA methylation
Brown, Kelly Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diseases of the Immune System; Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; childhood rheumatic diseases; phagocytes
Brussoni, Mariana Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Developmental psychology; Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Population health interventions; injury prevention; Children's outdoor play; Risky play; Parenting; health behaviour change
Chang, Wan-Chun Postdoctoral Fellow Clinical sciences, n.e.c.; Drug Safety; Pharmacogenomics; Immunotherapy
Conibear, Elizabeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular Genetics; Cell Signaling and Cancer; Genomics and Proteomics; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Membranes; Enzymes and Proteins; Parkinson's Disease; Protein Palmitoylation; Vesicle Trafficking
De Wolfe, Travis James Postdoctoral Fellow Human microbiota; microbiota; Microbiome; Gastrointestinal tract; Microbial ecology; Inflammatory bowel diseases; Clostridioides difficile
Dennis, Jessica Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Complex Trait Genetics; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Epidemiology; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Bioinformatics; genetic epidemiology; statistical genetics; Precision Health; Electronic health records; Administrative health data; Machine Learning
Devlin, Angela Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Obesity; Children; cardiovascular disease; Diabetes; developmental programming
Diamond, Adele Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) executive functions; prefrontal cortex; dopamine; working memory; self-control; self-regulation; cognition; COMT gene; Sex differences; stress; ACEs (adverse childhood experiences); ELS (early life stress); resilience; social determinants of health; ADHD; depression; PTSD; Physical Activity; the arts; mindfulness
Dixon, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fixed-bed leaching
Doan, Quynh Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Emergency Medicine; Health Services
Dosso, Jill Postdoctoral Fellow Quality of Life and Aging; Intergenerational Relations; Loss of Independence; Social Aspects of Aging; Cognitive Development; Cognitive Development in Children; Infant / Child Development; Social Determinants of Child and Youth Development; Social Determinants of Health; Health Care Technologies; Health Policies; Telemedicine; Alzheimer's Disease; Anxiety; Cognition; Dementia; Mental Health and Society; Community Health / Public Health; Ethics and Health; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Technological Innovations; Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations; Robotics and Automation; social robotics; patient experience
Dumont, Guy A Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) biomedical engineering; automatic drug delivery; mobile health; global health; anesthesia; physiological monitoring;, Adaptive control, predictive control, control of distributed parameters systems, advanced process control, applications of wavelet analysis, biomedical applications of control, pulp and paper process control
Dutz, Jan Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immunity in Health & Disease, diabetes, dermatology
Eddy, Allison Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Global Heath; acute kidney injury in hospitalized children in Kampala, Uganda
Elango, Rajavel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Protein Nutrition, Maternal-Fetal Nutrition, Childhood Malnutrition, Amino Acid Metabolism, Human Nutrition
Elliott, Alison Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other health sciences; rare disease; genomics; Congenital Malformations; Skeletal and limb anomalies; Genetic Counselling; Health services implementation science
Friedman, Jan Marshall Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetics and Heredity; Developmental Genetics; Genomics; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Clinical genomics; Neurofibromatosis; Birth defects epidemiology
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Hormones and Growth Factors; Depression; Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis; Cognition; Postpartum Depression; Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding; Aging Process; Alzheimer's Disease; Learning and Memory; hippocampus; Sex differences; neuroplasticity; estrogens; women's health
Gantt, Soren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) cytomegalovirus, Burkitt’s lymphoma, Cytomegalovirus, epstein-barr virus, herpes simplex virus, congenital infection, newborn infection, Burkitt
Giaschi, Deborah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Vision; Visual System; Sensation and Perception; Eye and Visual System Diseases; Infant / Child Development; amblyopia; reading
Gibson, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic Diseases; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Epigenetics
Goerges, Matthias Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomedical Technologies; Artificial Intelligence; Decision Making; Software Development; Health Care Technologies; Human Computer Interaction and Design; Medical informatics; decision support systems; predictive analytics; Anesthesiology; Critical Care Medicine
Goldman, Ran Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evidence to Innovation; Pediatric Research in Emergency Therapeutics (PRETx) Program
Goldowitz, Daniel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic basis of brain disease, neurobiology of autism, Huntingtong's gene, mouse/mice epigenetics, gene regulatory network
Grunau, Ruth V Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biobehavioural regulation, brain and neurodevelopment in premature infants and children, Long-term effects of neonatal pain on stress regulation, brain, behavior, neurodevelopment, Infant pain and stress, Parenting stress, parent-infant interaction
Harris, Kevin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evidence to Innovation; Preventive Cardiology; Cardiovascular Outcomes; Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
Hayden, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic Diseases; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Huntington disease; Disease progression; Diabetes; Neurodegenerative disorders; Gene Therapy; Drug development
Healey, Genelle Postdoctoral Fellow Nutrition; Microbiology; Gastrointestinal Pathologies; Immunology; Inflammatory bowel disease; Gut microbiota
Hoffman, Bradford Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Understanding how the genes critical to endocrine pancreas development, as well as ?-cell function and proliferation are regulated is essential for the development of novel strategies for the production of insulin-secreting cells, and for improving the efficacy of available transplantable material.
Holsti, Liisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; premature infants; neurodevelopment; stress; pain; measurement; technology transfer; sucrose; rehabilitation; pediatrics
Honer, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain disorders, risk factors for disease
Janssen, Patricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Social Determinants of Health; Perinatal Period; Gestation / Parturition; maternal child health; health of marginalized women; mobile health for pregnancy and parenting
Jarus, Tal Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) diversifying health and human service professions; Disabled students;; disabled practitioners;; art-based research
Joseph, K.S. Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epigenetics; Social Epigenetics; molecular biology; Chromatin Biology
Korthauer, Keegan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Statistical genomics; Epigenomics; Single-cell analysis
Lamers, Yvonne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Nutrition; Nutrients; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Nutritional Biochemistry; Micronutrients; Vitamins; Nutritional Biomarker; Pregnancy; Periconceptional folic acid supplementation; Prenatal Supplements; Newborn Screening; Toddler Nutrition; Clinical Chemistry; Maternal and child health
Lang, Donna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; Structural Neuroimaging; Psychosis; Addiction; cognition; Cardiovascular Function; Microvascular integrity
Lange, Philipp Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cell Signaling and Cancer; Bioinformatics; Proteomics; pediatric cancer; post translational protein modification; personalized medicine; mass spectrometry