Genetic Counselling

Over the past decade, advances in genomic medicine and genetic technology have been dramatic. Genetic counsellors have an integral role to play in helping patients and other healthcare professionals understand the options, benefits and limitations of this rapidly changing landscape. The University of British Columbia’s Genetic Counselling Program — the largest in Canada — is dedicated to equipping the next generation of genetic counsellors with the skills, knowledge and mindset to flourish as part of an inter-disciplinary team and work across a broad range of health care settings and specialties.

The program balances strong academic grounding, direct clinical experiences and independent research to prepare graduates for the dynamic field of genetic counselling. Academic coursework is concentrated in the first year of study, followed by a focus on experiential learning in the second year of study.


Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Arbour, Laura northern and aboriginal health issues as they pertain to genetics
Austin, Jehannine Genetics, genomics, genetic counseling, psychiatric illness, mental illness, mental health, psychiatry, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression, perinatal mental health, Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia
Brown, Carolyn Janet 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
Clarke, Lorne Lysosomal storage disease, disorders or sulfate transport, mucopolysaccharidosis, phenylketonuria
Conibear, Elizabeth Molecular Genetics; Cell Signaling and Cancer; Genomics and Proteomics; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Membranes; Enzymes and Proteins; Parkinson's Disease; Protein Palmitoylation; Vesicle Trafficking
Friedman, Jan Marshall Genetics and Heredity; Developmental Genetics; Genomics; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Clinical genomics; Neurofibromatosis; Birth defects epidemiology
Hayden, Michael Genetic Diseases; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Huntington disease; Disease progression; Diabetes; Neurodegenerative disorders; Gene Therapy; Drug development
Langlois, Sylvie Studies of genotype/phenotype correlations in single gene disorders; Validations of genomic tools for the study of mental retardation and prenatal screening for aneuploidy; Outcome studies related to prenatal genetic screening
Lefebvre, Louis Developmental Genetics; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genomics; Molecular Genetics; Transgenic Model; Embryonic Development; mouse developmental genetics; developmental epigenetics; genomic imprinting; placental biology; germ cell biology
Marra, Marco Genomics; Bioinformatics; Molecular Genetics; Cancer Genetics; Genes; Genetic Mapping; Genome; genomics; Genetics; Epigenomics; Cancer biology
Morin, Gregg Proteomics, protein-protein interactions, protein isoform function, alternative splicing
Robinson, Wendy Other basic medicine and life sciences; Medical Genetics; Human Development; Epigenetics; miRNA; Preterm Birth; Placenta; Mosaicism; Fetal Growth; DNA methylation; Sex differences
Sadovnick, Adele clinical genetic, genetic epidemiological and molecular genetic research
Taubert, Stefan Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Genetics of Aging; Metabolism; Stress and Cancer; Stress; Gene Regulation and Expression; Toxin and Toxicant Metabolism; Transcription; Gene regulation; Stress responses; Hypoxia; Aging; Diabetes; C. elegans; Mouse; beta cells
Van Allen, Margot Birth defects, their causes, the natural history of the disorders, and how to prevent them
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Cancer Genetics; Developmental Genetics; Molecular Genetics; Human Cancer Genetics; Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis; Melanoma; Oncogenesis; Melanocytes; Pigmentation
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Genetic Diseases; multiple sclerosis; Neuromyelitis optica; Neurological disorders