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 12,000 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 20 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 more than $1.8B in total research funding since 2016.

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 Facilities

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
Afshari, Reza Environmental and occupational health and safety; Critical care medicine and emergency medicine; Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); Epidemiology,; Toxicology,; Pharmacology,; Environment; Risk assessment
Alageel, Mohammed ,
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
Ambasta, Anshula Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Reduction of low-value services in health systems
Anglesio, Michael Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Obstetrics and gynecology; Premalignant disease (precursors); Cancer molecular targets; Cancer of the Reproductive System; Host-Tumour Interaction; Endometriosis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; 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 Basic medicine and life sciences; 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 Mobile health (mHealth); Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Patient and citizen engagement research; Physical therapy; Team-based care; Digital health; Person-Centered Care; reablement; Older Adults; built environment; Physical Activity; systematic reviews
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, 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
Baerg Hall, Elisabeth Anne ,
Balevi, Ben Dentistry and oral health, n.e.c.; EBM
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

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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 Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Trisha Chakrabarty (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 321
Page Range: 182-190
Publication Date: 15 January 2023

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Publication: Human Genetics and Genomics Advances
UBC Author(s): Bradley Quon (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 4
Publication Date: 12 January 2023

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Publication: Gynecologic Oncology
UBC Author(s): Aline Talhouk (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine), Michael Anglesio (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00908258
Volume: 168
Page Range: 23-31
Publication Date: January 2023

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Publication: Radiologic Clinics of North America
UBC Author(s): Savvakis Nicolaou (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00338389
Volume: 61
Page Range: 111-118
Publication Date: January 2023

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Publication: Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
UBC Author(s): Peter Lansdorp (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 2590
Page Range: 183-200
Publication Date: 2023

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Publication: Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
UBC Author(s): Steven J Jones (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 2590
Page Range: 219-235
Publication Date: 2023

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Publication: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
UBC Author(s): Qing-San Xiang (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07403194
Volume: 89
Page Range: 192-204
Publication Date: January 2023

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Erin Michalak (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 320
Page Range: 1-6
Publication Date: 1 January 2023

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Publication: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
UBC Author(s): Stirling Bryan (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02664623
Volume: 38
Publication Date: 20 December 2022

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Publication: Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics
UBC Author(s): Honglin Luo (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 27
Page Range: 89-99
Publication Date: 15 December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Lakshmi Yatham (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), William Honer (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 319
Page Range: 229-234
Publication Date: 15 December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
UBC Author(s): Christopher McLeod (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10530487
Volume: 32
Page Range: 664-684
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Dysphagia
UBC Author(s): Stacey Skoretz (Audiology & Speech Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0179051X
Volume: 37
Page Range: 1451-1460
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Academic Radiology
UBC Author(s): Bruce Forster (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10766332
Volume: 29
Page Range: 1887-1896
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
UBC Author(s): Paola Colozzo (Audiology & Speech Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01623257
Volume: 52
Page Range: 5322-5341
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
UBC Author(s): Matthias Goerges (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13871307
Volume: 36
Page Range: 1667-1677
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
UBC Author(s): Christopher McLeod (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), Mieke Koehoorn (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10781552
Volume: 28
Page Range: 1709-1721
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Evolutionary Intelligence
UBC Author(s): Yu Tian Wang (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 18645909
Volume: 15
Page Range: 2411-2420
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
UBC Author(s): Christine Ann Loock (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10556656
Volume: 59
Page Range: 1482-1489
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Pediatrics
UBC Author(s): John Mark Ansermino (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Reproductive Health
UBC Author(s): Helene Cote (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 19
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Health Services Research
UBC Author(s): Janice Eng (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
UBC Author(s): Trevor Dummer (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10976647
Volume: 24
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
UBC Author(s): Jennifer Tomek (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Breast Cancer Research
UBC Author(s): Angela Brooks-Wilson (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14655411
Volume: 24
Publication Date: 01 December 2022

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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
2022 Dr. Tran examined a novel method of achieving compatibility between donors and recipients in kidney transplantation. She demonstrated that matching at immunogenic protein motifs is feasible and clinically beneficial in preventing graft failure. This work is now acting as the foundation for a national matching program for kidney organ allocation. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2022 Dr. Crockett used novel brain imaging techniques to determine functional brain networks disrupted in older adults vulnerable to dementia. She also studied the benefits of physical activity and resistance training for brain health. Her take away message is: to make gains for brains, we should all regularly squat low and feel our brains grow. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Li investigated a class of oxidative enzymes that are traditionally researched for their potential to convert non-edible plant biomass into second-generation bioethanol. He subsequently showed that these enzymes are also highly suitable to facilitate chemical modification of biomass fibres into value-added bio-products. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Atoyebi explored the needs of family caregivers of people with neurocognitive disorders as well as possible solutions to address those needs. He collaborated with caregivers and care recipients to develop a medium fidelity prototype of their most preferred solution, which is a web-based service to assist families in hiring paid support workers. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Johnson investigated how a new drug candidate selectively kills lung cancer cells by an oxidative stress-linked mechanism of action. He identified specific enzymes that are inhibited and demonstrated why lung cancer cells are sensitive but normal cells are not. His research will help the development of new, targeted anti-cancer therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Labuschagne investigated the perception of noise in vowels and vowel-like stimuli. She found that fundamental frequency, level, and frequency band affected noise detection and discrimination. The research contributes to our understanding of the auditory processing mechanisms involved in the perception of the voice quality breathiness. Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology and Speech Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Amitzi focused on inhibition of DDX11 as a potential cancer therapy. She identified genetic interactions of DDX11 in human cells and adapted biochemical screening assays for DDX11 inhibitors. She also contributed to the development of a pipeline for discovery of novel cancer therapies that induce cell death by trapping protein targets onto DNA. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2022 Dr. Lee's research focused on dissecting the mechanisms by which plasmin enzymatically modulates activated protein C to bias its function towards cytoprotection through protease-activated receptor 1 signaling, and to understand how plasmin converts factor V from a procoagulant to fibrinolytic accelerator of tissue plasminogen activator. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2022 Dr. Beaulieu's dissertation research focused on generating evidence to inform optimal care provision for those living with concurrent opioid use disorder and mental illness. Her work advances the field of health and integrated services research and has important implications for future health research, policy, and practice. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Wat discovered novel molecular mechanisms showing how males and females store and breakdown fat differently and how fat metabolism is regulated in both sexes. Her research fills a gap in knowledge in the field of metabolism and paves the way for the development of more effective treatments for metabolic diseases for both males and females. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)

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