Every day across British Columbia, trainees and researchers at the UBC Faculty of Medicine are turning skills into jobs, investments into discoveries, and discoveries into solutions that are transforming health for everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 11,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors, health care professionals, and medical researchers, making remarkable discoveries to help create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine offers a diverse array of training opportunities including cutting-edge research experiences in the biosciences, globally recognized population health education, quality health professional training, as well as several certificate and online training options. The Faculty of Medicine is home to more than 1,700 graduate students housed in 23 graduate programs (14 of which offer doctoral research options). Year after year, research excellence in the Faculty of Medicine is supported by investment from funding sources here at home and around the globe, receiving approximately $1.6B in total research funding in the last five years.

We value our trainees and the creative input they have to scholarly activities at UBC. Our priority is to enable their maximum potential through flexible opportunities that provide a breadth of experiences tailored to their own individual career objectives. We maintain high standards of excellence, and work to create a community of intellectually and socially engaged scholars that work collaboratively with each other, the university, and the world, with the overarching goal of promoting the health of individuals and communities.

 

Research Centres

Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of 24 centres and institutes that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners.

Centres & Institutes
Research Groups

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 Vancouver campus. Completed in 2004, the $125 million, 52,165 sq metres building was built to accommodate the distributed medical educational program 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 BC Children's Hospital 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 350,000 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 precision health; cancer; brain and mental health; heart and lung health; population health; and chronic diseases.

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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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 & Laboratory Medicine Control of energy metabolism in normal and pathologic hearts; Physiologic and Pathologic Cardiac hypertrophy; Contribution of Metabolism to myocardial dysfunction after ischemia and reperfusion, especially in the setting of cardiac hypertrophy; Cardiovascular Pathology
Anglesio, Michael Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Human reproduction and development sciences; Cancer of the Reproductive System; Host-Tumour Interaction; Endometriosis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Immunotherapy; animal models of endometriosis and cancer; Cancer prevention; early detection biomarkers; endometriosis associated cancers; gene-expression and transcriptomics; genomics; Immunology; microenvironment; ovarian cancer etiology
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 Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Health information systems; Biomedical Technologies; Technological Innovations; Artificial Intellegence; Automation in healthcare; Global Health; Mobile Health; Outcome prediction; Physiological Monitoring; Precision Health; Sepsis in children
Aparicio, Samuel Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Breast cancer, genome sequencing
Arbour, Laura Department of Medical Genetics northern and aboriginal health issues as they pertain to genetics
Ashe, Maureen Department of Family Practice Rehabilitation Care and Services; Social Aspects of Aging; Health Care Technologies; Osteoporosis; Older Adults; Physical Activity; tele-rehabilitation; systematic reviews; fracture; built environment
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 Infectious Diseases; Microbiology; drug discovery; Macrophage biology; Tuberculosis
Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio Division of Rheumatology Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (SARDs); Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE); Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA); Long term effectiveness; Multivariate analyses; Outcomes assessment; Pharmaco-epidemiology
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 therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; activity disruption; arthritis; Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis; chronic illness; health & well-being; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; occupational balance; rehabilitation; social role participation
Bailey, Anthony Department of Psychiatry Neurobiological basis of autistic disorders, using genetic, neuropathological and neuroimaging approaches
Bally, Marcel Bertran Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Pancreas centre
Bamji, Shernaz Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; neurodevelopmental disease; primary neuronal cultures; synapse biology; transgenic mouse models
Bansback, Nick School of Population and Public Health inform policies and practices in health through the application of
Barbic, Skye Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; assessment; community integration; health and well-being; Implementation Science; Individual Placement Support; measurement; Mental Health and Society; mental health; metrology; Patient Engagement; Rasch Measurement Theory; recovery; Supported Employment; youth
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
Bashashati Saghezchi, Ali School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Artificial Intelligence; Bioinformatics; Breast Cancer; Cancer Genomics; Computational Biology; Digital Pathology; Image Processing; Machine Learning; Ovarian Cancer; Signal Processing

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.

 

Publication: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
UBC Author(s): Thomas Oxland (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17516161
Volume: 118
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Pharmacology and Therapeutics
UBC Author(s): Christopher Ryerson (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01637258
Volume: 222
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Translational Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Lakshmi Yatham (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Sophia Frangou (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Translational Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Michael Kobor (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Neurobiology of Disease
UBC Author(s): Blair Leavitt (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine), Wyeth Wasserman (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09699961
Volume: 153
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology
UBC Author(s): Jordan Guenette (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), Christopher Ryerson (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15699048
Volume: 288
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: NeuroImage
UBC Author(s): Fidel Vila-Rodriguez (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10538119
Volume: 233
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
UBC Author(s): Anthony Traboulsee (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22110348
Volume: 51
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Cardiology
UBC Author(s): Simon Rabkin (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01675273
Volume: 331
Page Range: 138-143
Publication Date: 15 May 2021

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Publication: Journal of Controlled Release
UBC Author(s): Tim Kieffer (Cellular & Physiological Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01683659
Volume: 333
Page Range: 151-161
Publication Date: 10 May 2021

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Publication: Journal of Biomechanics
UBC Author(s): York Hsiang (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00219290
Volume: 120
Publication Date: 7 May 2021

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Publication: Medical Hypotheses
UBC Author(s): Nevio Cimolai (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03069877
Volume: 150
Publication Date: May 2021

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Publication: Infant Behavior and Development
UBC Author(s): Naznin Virji-Babul (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01636383
Volume: 63
Publication Date: May 2021

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Publication: Prostate
UBC Author(s): Christopher Ong (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02704137
Volume: 81
Page Range: 309-317
Publication Date: May 1, 2021

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Publication: Computers in Biology and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Arman Rahmim (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00104825
Volume: 132
Publication Date: May 2021

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Publication: Journal of Psychiatric Research
UBC Author(s): Erin Michalak (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223956
Volume: 137
Page Range: 22-28
Publication Date: May 2021

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Fidel Vila-Rodriguez (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 286
Page Range: 40-48
Publication Date: 1 May 2021

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Publication: Maturitas
UBC Author(s): Karim Miran-Khan (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03785122
Volume: 147
Page Range: 1-6
Publication Date: May 2021

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Publication: Environment International
UBC Author(s): Christopher Carlsten (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01604120
Volume: 150
Publication Date: May 2021

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Publication: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
UBC Author(s): Anthony Traboulsee (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22110348
Volume: 50
Publication Date: May 2021

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Publication: Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging
UBC Author(s): Sophia Frangou (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09254927
Volume: 310
Publication Date: 30 April 2021

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Publication: Biological Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Ging-Yuek Robin Hsiung (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine), Ian Mackenzie (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00063223
Volume: 89
Page Range: 825-835
Publication Date: 15 April 2021

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Publication: Human Brain Mapping
UBC Author(s): Sophia Frangou (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10659471
Volume: 42
Page Range: 1727-1741
Publication Date: 15 April 2021

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Publication: JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
UBC Author(s): Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 1936878X
Volume: 14
Page Range: 854-866
Publication Date: April 2021

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Publication: Clinical Teacher
UBC Author(s): Angela Towle (Medicine Department / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17434971
Volume: 18
Page Range: 180-185
Publication Date: April 2021

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2020 Dr. Alexander examined the molecular basis of two mechanisms of antibiotic resistance found in the bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. His characterisation of protein-antibiotic interactions using x-ray crystallography and kinetics contributes insight into how resistance occurs and could guide the development of new and improved antibiotics. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Yuen studied how the antipsychotic medication clozapine can cause unwanted changes in blood glucose and heart function. She found that the side effects can be reversed with drugs that block specific targets called adrenoceptors. Her findings provide valuable insight for clozapine to be used safely and effectively in patients with schizophrenia. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Brook studied the positive side effects of a vaccine called BCG to determine how it protects from infections, and how it can reduce newborn mortality by 50%. He discovered a new mechanism of protection, describing the essential steps needed for protection, and how protection could be enhanced. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Alotaibi examined the roles of molecular targets in endometriosis cell invasion and nerve growth. He found that protein IL-1 beta enhances invasive capacity of endometriosis and is associated with nerve growth and worse sexual pain reported by patients. His findings suggest a novel therapeutic target for treatment of endometriosis related pain. Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
2020 Dr. Al Shekaili generated and characterized a novel mouse model for a human genetic disease known as pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy. The model recapitulated the human disease and uncovered new possible pathological mechanisms. The model can be used for further investigations of the disease mechanisms and to test new therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Majewski studied the atomic structure of the bacterial type 3 secretion system, a syringe-like nanomachine used to hijack host cells. Her research has improved our understanding of how the system is assembled, creating a foundation for future drug design against pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Sawatzky-Girling studied patient and family experiences of quality improvement. Her Relational Safety Framework shows that when feeling safe and valued, people welcome connections with others, fostering trust. Appreciating these liminal and ethical implications of QI implementation is a new strategy to advance health care system improvement. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kadhim found a new role for MED15, a protein that physically links DNA to proteins which regulate gene expression. His findings suggest that MED15 is critical to make mature, insulin secreting beta cells. Understanding how and why beta cells need MED15 to develop and mature will allow new treatments for diabetes. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kolehmainen studied ketogenic diet and ketone ester supplementation as potential treatments in preclinical models of spinal cord injury. She demonstrated that a ketogenic diet can reduce certain features of inflammation underscoring the importance of nutritional interventions following spinal cord injury. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Boonpattrawong studied the impact of maternal obesity and exercise during pregnancy on the long-term health of the offspring using a mouse model. She discovered that maternal exercise improved the cardiometabolic health of the offspring and involved changes in cell-specific gene expression and DNA methylation patterns. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)

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