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.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Ansari Dezfouli, Ehsan Postdoctoral Fellow Clinical medicine; Lipid nanoparticles and nucleic acid delivery; Cancer vaccine and drug development; Targeting delivery and organ-specific; CAR T-cell therapy; Cancer therapy and infectious diseases
Ansermino, John Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other clinical medicine; Sepsis in children; Health information systems; Physiological Monitoring; Technological Innovations; Artificial Intellegence; Automation in healthcare; Global Health; Mobile Health; Outcome prediction
Arbour, Laura Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) northern and aboriginal health issues as they pertain to genetics
Austin, Jehannine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clinical genetics (except cancer genetics); genetic counseling; genetics services; mental health
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) Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Electronic health (e-Health); Mobile health (mHealth); Midwifery; Health information systems (including surveillance); Perinatal mental health; Perinatal Anxiety; Pregnancy Outcomes; eHealth; mHealth
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) Public and population health; Epidemiology; Vaccination; Infectious diseases; Health Promotion; Community Health / Public Health; Infectious disease epidemiology; vaccine clinical trials; Vaccine hesitancy; vaccine programs; vaccine safety
Brown, Kelly Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; childhood rheumatic diseases; Inflammation; phagocytes
Brown, Carolyn Janet Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Clinical oncology; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Health counselling; Applied Genetics; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; DNA methylation; Epigenetic control of gene expression; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genes escaping X-chromosome inactivation; Long non-coding RNAs; X-chromosome inactivation; XIST RNA
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; Implementation Science
Chan, Meingold Postdoctoral Fellow Developmental psychology; Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Social Epigenetics; Children's socioemotional development; Parenting; Racial/cultural differences
Charlton, Julia Faculty (non-G+PS member) Critical care medicine and emergency medicine; Neonatology; Fetal development and medicine; Neonatal neurology; neurodevelopment; Congenital Anomalies; Neonatal cardiac care
Collet, Jean-Paul Faculty (non-G+PS member) Clinical sciences, n.e.c.; Stress measurement - stress management -; Child development - children with neurodevelopment disability
Conibear, Elizabeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other basic medicine and life sciences; Protein trafficking in cell biology; Molecular genetics; Functional genomics; Membranes; Enzymes and Proteins; Vesicle Trafficking; Molecular Genetics; Neurodegenerative diseases; Protein Palmitoylation; Cell Signaling and Cancer
Cook, Laura Faculty (non-G+PS member) Cellular immunology; Regulatory T cells; CD4+ T cells; Immunology; Infectious disease; Immune memory; Immune tolerance
Crowell, Philip Faculty (non-G+PS member) Philosophy; Medical Ethics
de Jongh Gonzalez, Olivia Postdoctoral Fellow Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Parenting practices and styles; Childhood obesity; Health behavior change; Intervention design, implementation, adherence, effectiveness; mHealth apps / interventions; Quantitative Methods; Statistical analyses
Delaidelli, Alberto Postdoctoral Fellow Medical, health and life sciences; pediatric cancer; Brain tumors; Neurodegenerative diseases
Dennis, Jessica Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Administrative health data; Complex Trait Genetics; Electronic health records; Epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Machine Learning; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Precision Health; statistical genetics
Devlin, Angela Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Human nutrition and dietetics; Human reproduction and development sciences; Pathology (except oral pathology); cardiovascular disease; Children; developmental programming; Diabetes; Obesity
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) Medical, health and life sciences; Health Services; Child and youth mental health; Emergency medicine work load modelling
Dosso, Jill Postdoctoral Fellow Health care effectiveness and outcomes; Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Patient and citizen engagement research; Electronic health (e-Health); Mobile health (mHealth); Medical biotechnology; Health psychology; social robotics; patient experience; Digital health
Dubland, Joshua Faculty (non-G+PS member) Clinical sciences; Newborn Screening; Biochemical Genetics; Lipids; Metabolism; mass spectrometry
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
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) Other clinical medicine; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Health counselling; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Birth defects epidemiology; Clinical genomics; Developmental Genetics; Genetics and Heredity; Neurofibromatosis
Giaschi, Deborah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; amblyopia; reading; dyslexia; motion perception; binocular vision; visual development
Gibson, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Genetic Diseases; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Epigenetics
Goerges, Matthias Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electronic health (e-Health); Health information systems (including surveillance); Expert systems technologies in artificial intelligence; Anesthesiology; Medical devices; Human-computer systems and interface; Bio-signal processing and analysis; Digital health; predictive analytics; decision support systems; Critical Care Medicine; Biomedical Technologies; Health Care Technologies; Human Computer Interaction and Design; Medical informatics; Software Development; patient-oriented research; Data sharing / open data
Goldman, Ran Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evidence to Innovation; Pediatric Research in Emergency Therapeutics (PRETx) Program
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 medicine; Health counselling; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Diabetes; Disease progression; Drug development; Gene Therapy; Genetic Diseases; Huntington disease; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurodegenerative disorders
Hieawy, Ahmed Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Endodontics; Dental Trauma; Endodontic Treatment Outcome; Endodontic Microsurgery; Endodontic Instrumentation; Pediatric Endodontics; Endodontic Treatment for Medically Compromised Patients
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
Houghton, Kristin Faculty (non-G+PS member) Health sciences; pediatric rheumatology, exercise and physical activity, knee injury
Janssen, Patricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Health sciences; Public and population health; Gestation / Parturition; health of marginalized women; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; maternal child health; mobile health for pregnancy and parenting; Perinatal Period; social determinants of health
Joseph, K.S. Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biochemistry; Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Chromatin Biology; Epigenetics; molecular biology; Social Epigenetics
Korthauer, Keegan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Genomics; Statistics; Epigenomics; Single-cell analysis; Statistical genomics
Lamers, Yvonne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Human nutrition and dietetics; Nutrition; Nutrients; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Clinical Chemistry; Maternal and child health; Micronutrients; Newborn Screening; Nutritional Biochemistry; Nutritional Biomarker; Periconceptional folic acid supplementation; Pregnancy; Prenatal Supplements; Toddler Nutrition; Vitamins