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 and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to 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. Faculty of Medicine is home to more than 1,700 graduate students housed in 28 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 $1.3B in total research funding in the last four 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.
Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of six institutes and 17 centres that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners.
- Biomedical Research Centre
- BC Centre on Substance Use
- Centre for Blood Research
- Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
- Centre for Health Education Scholarship
- Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
- Centre for Health Services & Policy Research
- Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
- Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
- Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
- Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
- Human Early Learning Partnership
- International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
- Centre for Disease Control
- Vancouver Prostate Centre
- W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
- Women's Health Research Centre
- BC Cancer Agency
- BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
- Institute of Mental Health
- Providence Health Care Research Institute
- Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
- Life Sciences Institute
- Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre
- BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
- Chronic Disease Prevention Program
- MRI Research Centre
- National Core for Neuroethics
- OVCARE (BC’s Ovarian Cancer Research Team)
- Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre
- PC-TRiADD (Prostate Centre’s Translational Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development)
- Stone Centre
- Vancouver Stroke Program
- Women’s Health Research Institute
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.
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
|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||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|
|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||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|
|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||Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Rehabilitation, Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, occupational balance, activity disruption, social role participation, arthritis, chronic illness, health & well-being, occupational therapy|
|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||synapse biology, primary neuronal cultures, transgenic mouse models, neurodevelopmental disease|
|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||Mental Health and Society, mental health, measurement , recovery, community integration, Rasch Measurement Theory, Implementation Science, Patient Engagement, Supported Employment, Individual Placement Support, assessment, health and well-being, metrology, occupational therapy, 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|
Graduate Student Profiles
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Recent Thesis Submissions
Tissue-specific investigations of DNA methylation variation in human neurobiological diseases (Medical Genetics - PHD)
Intestinal homeostasis and host defense as promoted by commensal bacteria and the colonic mucus layer (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
Pelvic neurovisceral plasticity following complete spinal cord injury (Neuroscience - PHD)
Regulation of lipin phosphorylation and lipid homeostasis by glycogen synthase kinase 3 (Cell and Developmental Biology - PHD)
The role of sodium hydrogen exchanger isoform 5 (NHE5) in integrin β1 trafficking (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - MSC)
Tailoring the migration capacity of regulatory T cells to enhance their efficacy as a cellular therapy (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
SHIP-microbiome interactions in intestinal inflammation (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
LINE-1 retrotranspositions in epithelial ovarian cancer : can we use DNA “parasites” for good purpose? (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - MSC)
Granzyme b : role in spinal cord injury and impeded repair (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - MSC)
The relationships between livestock and human wealth, health, and wellbeing in a rural Maasai community of southwestern Kenya (Population and Public Health - PHD)
Deep learning-based approaches for predicting gene-regulating effects of small molecules (Experimental Medicine - MSC)
Genome-wide DNA methylation and imprinted gene analysis in babies conceived by ART (Reproductive and Developmental Sciences - MSC)
Role of regulatory T cells in obesity and insulin resistance (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
The effect of noise floor on cortical auditory evoked potential response detection at threshold intensities (Audiology and Speech Sciences - MSC)
Fractalkine signaling in psychiatric disorder : observations in the postmortem brain (Neuroscience - MSC)
Effect of alcohol on blood pressure : a systematic review and meta-analysis (Pharmacology - MSC)
Effect of di-butyl phthalate exposure in the human airway and systemic immunology : a double-blind, crossover study (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
Counselling during real ear measurements : the clients' perspective (Audiology and Speech Sciences - MSC)
Assessing sub-daily exposure to wildfire smoke and its public health effects in British Columbia (Population and Public Health - PHD)
Exercise counselling to promote exercise behaviour change in individuals with prostate cancer (Rehabilitation Sciences - MSC)
A semi-automated assay for radiation-induced intestinal damage in mice (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - MSC)
Engineered antigen-specific regulatory T cells (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
The role of Malt1 in macrophages and osteoclasts (Experimental Medicine - PHD)
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