The Faculty of Medicine is the primary training provider of health and life science professionals for British Columbia. Since its founding in 1950, the Faculty has become an ever-expanding network for training health professionals, discovering new knowledge, transforming those discoveries into practice, and delivering care. Considering the breadth of our research and the distribution of our faculty and programs, every person in British Columbia may be impacted by our work during their life course.
The UBC Faculty of Medicine educates health professional and life sciences students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, and pursues research – in the laboratory, in clinical settings and at the population and public policy level – to improve the health of British Columbians and people worldwide. We pursue the highest standards of health education scholarship and innovation, and are committed to teaching, development, and mentoring of practitioners and scientists that can work together effectively in an evolving system, as well as knowledge creation, translation, and exchange to gain insight and promote improved outcomes in patient and public health.
We contribute to the health of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and internationally by fostering excellence, innovation and scholarship in education, research, and care.
The Faculty of Medicine, including over 1,600 graduate students, is a transformative learning environment where interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration are highly valued. Guided by these principles and with the mandate to contribute to the health of individuals and communities, we educate the best health care professionals and health research scientists anywhere. In pursuit of our mandate the Faculty is an ever-expanding network where students, faculty and staff from around the world focus on education, research and care to fulfill our vision: Health through knowledge and innovation. 
Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Facilities

The UBC Faculty of Medicine provides innovative educational and research programs in the areas of health and life sciences through an integrated and province-wide delivery model in facilities at locations throughout British Columbia.

The Life Sciences Centre is the largest building on the UBC point Grey campus. Completed in 2004, the $125 million, 52,165 sq metres building was built to accommodate the distributed medical educational program – which has nearly doubled the number of medical school graduates in the province to 224 – and the Life Sciences Institute.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), a partnership between the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health, unites under one roof research and clinical expertise in neuroscience, psychiatry and neurology in order to accelerate discovery and translate new knowledge into better treatment and prevention strategies. DMCBH has both laboratory and clinical research areas within the Centre proper and in the UBC Hospital Koerner Pavilion. Our core facilities are essential to ongoing collaboration, teaching, and research.

The Child & Family Research Institute is it the largest research institute of its kind in Western Canada in terms of people, productivity, funding and size. With more than 264,000 square feet of space, the Institute has both 'wet bench' laboratory and 'dry lab' clinical research areas, and other areas to facilitate particular areas of research and training.

Research Highlights

New knowledge and innovation are crucial to successfully identifying, addressing and overcoming the increasingly complex health-related challenges that influence the lives of all of us – in British Columbia, in Canada, and in countries and communities around the globe. The UBC Faculty of Medicine is recognized nationally and internationally for research innovation that advances knowledge and translates new discoveries to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Research opportunities feature extensive collaborations across other faculties, health institutions and health partners across British Columbia, Canada and internationally.

The Faculty provides and fosters research excellence across the full continuum, from basic science to applied science and then to knowledge implementation, with a focus on cancer; neuroscience and mental health; and heart and lung disease.

Graduate Degree Programs

Supervisors in Faculty

Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Abu-Laban, Riyad Department of Emergency Medicine Emergency medicine, epidemiology, research education
Accili, Eric Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences molecular mechanisms responsible for cellular pacemaking behavior
Afshar, Kourosh Department of Urologic Sciences Genital reconstruction and pediatric renal transplant
Allan, Douglas Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Nervous system
Allard, Michael Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Anis, Aslam School of Population and Public Health cost effectiveness of AIDS treatments; drug assessments – pharmacoeconomics; health care economics; health regulations, Health economics, rhematoid arthritis, biologic therapies
Ansermino, John Mark Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Innovations in Acute Care & Technology, Anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesia, health informatics, patients safety, clinical decision support, enhanced physiological monitoring
Aparicio, Samuel Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Breast cancer, genome sequencing
Arbour, Laura Department of Medical Genetics
Ashe, Maureen Department of Family Practice Hip fracture, rehabilitation and mobility limitation
Austin, Jehannine Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Genetics Genetics, genomics, genetic counseling, psychiatric illness, mental illness, mental health, psychiatry, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression, perinatal mental health, Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia
Av-Gay, Yossef Division of Infectious Diseases Tuberculosis
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Division of Rheumatology
Ayas, Najib Critical Care Medicine Public health and afety consequences of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation
Backman, Catherine Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy occupational balance, activity disruption, social role participation, arthritis, chronic illness, health & well-being
Bai, Tony Division of Respiratory Medicine asthma lung diseases
Bailey, Anthony Department of Psychiatry
Bally, Marcel Bertran Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Pancreas centre
Bamji, Shernaz Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences synapse biology, primary neuronal cultures, transgenic models, neurodevelopmental disease
Bansback, Nick School of Population and Public Health
Barbic, Skye Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy mental health, measurement , recovery, community integration, Rasch Measurement Theory
Barer, Morris School of Population and Public Health Physician resource policy, patterns of use of physician services, implications of changes in methods of physician remuneration Health human resources
Barr, Alasdair Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Mental health and addictions, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and the medications used in its treatment, Anesthesiology
Bartlett, Karen Hastings School of Population and Public Health Indoor air quality, bioaerosol exposures in work and community environments, particularly in rural or agricultural settings
Barton, Jason Division of Neurology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences face perception, object recognition, eye movements, higher visual function, Human vision and eye movement


Graduate Student Profiles

J Andrew Alexander

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
Understanding and combating antibiotic resistance

Jordan Squair

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
Autonomic dysfunction following spinal cord injury: mechanisms, novel treatments, and clinical reality

Asif Khowaja

Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
Economic evaluation of the community level interventions for pre-eclampsia in Pakistan

Michelle Kwon

Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
Hormonal Regulation of Glucose Homeostasis

Emma Smith

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Power wheelchair skills training for individuals with cognitive impairment

Erin Macri

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Patellofemoral osteoarthritis: alignment as a risk factor for onset and progression

Osamu Takai

Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology and Speech Sciences (PhD)
How we learn to read in foreign language as adults

Vivian Lam

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health Outcome

Alumni on Success

Amy Kirkham

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD) [2016]
Job Title
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Alberta

Obi Griffith

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD) [2008]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Washington University School of Medicine

Andrew Ming-Lum

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Jenna Riffell

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD) [2011]
Job Title
Kaiser Associates

Poh Tan

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) [2008]
Job Title
Founder and CEO
Innoguidance Consulting

Marc Sze

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Job Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan

Carmen Chan

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD) [2006]
Job Title
Postdoctoral Researcher ("Research Scientist")
RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Xin Ye

Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD) [2013]
Job Title
Research Scientist
Arbutus Biopharma Inc.

Recent Thesis Submissions