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: Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids
UBC Author(s): Peter C Leung (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 23
Page Range: 132-141
Publication Date: 5 March 2021

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Publication: Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): William Panenka (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Alasdair Barr (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine), Alexander Rauscher (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), William Honer (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Donna Lang (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02785846
Volume: 106
Publication Date: 2 March 2021

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Publication: Addictive behaviors
UBC Author(s): Corinne Hohl (Emergency Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 114
Page Range: 106740
Publication Date: 1 March 2021

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Publication: GLIA
UBC Author(s): Brian MacVicar (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08941491
Volume: 69
Page Range: 567-578
Publication Date: March 2021

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Publication: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
UBC Author(s): Peter C Leung (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03037207
Volume: 523
Publication Date: 1 March 2021

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Publication: Addictive Behaviors
UBC Author(s): Steven Taylor (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03064603
Volume: 114
Publication Date: March 2021

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Publication: The Journal of experimental medicine
UBC Author(s): David Scott (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 218
Publication Date: 1 March 2021

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Publication: Journal of Transport and Health
UBC Author(s): William Mortenson (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), William Miller (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22141405
Volume: 20
Publication Date: March 2021

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Publication: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
UBC Author(s): Ralph Buttyan (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03037207
Volume: 522
Publication Date: 15 February 2021

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Publication: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
UBC Author(s): Anthony Herdman (Audiology & Speech Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650270
Volume: 350
Publication Date: 15 February 2021

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Publication: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
UBC Author(s): Honglin Luo (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0006291X
Volume: 540
Page Range: 75-82
Publication Date: 12 February 2021

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Publication: Psychiatry Research
UBC Author(s): Jehannine Austin (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01651781
Volume: 296
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Journal of Pathology
UBC Author(s): Marco Marra (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223417
Volume: 253
Page Range: 225-233
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Social Science and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Thomas Kerr (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02779536
Volume: 270
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
UBC Author(s): Jill Zwicker (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), Leanne Dahlgren (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine), Erik Skarsgard (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine), Joseph Kuruthukulangare (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14700328
Volume: 128
Page Range: 521-531
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
UBC Author(s): Kathleen Martin Ginis (Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02713586
Volume: 64
Page Range: 149-161
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Journal of Child Neurology
UBC Author(s): Patrick McDonald (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine), Judy Illes (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08830738
Volume: 36
Page Range: 128-132
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: NMR in Biomedicine
UBC Author(s): Alexander Rauscher (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09523480
Volume: 34
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Journal of Hepatology
UBC Author(s): Mel Krajden (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01688278
Volume: 74
Page Range: 293-302
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Infectious Diseases
UBC Author(s): Bruce Vallance (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 12019712
Volume: 103
Page Range: 246-256
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Supportive Care in Cancer
UBC Author(s): Trevor Dummer (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09414355
Volume: 29
Page Range: 713-723
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Preventive Medicine
UBC Author(s): Gina Ogilvie (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00917435
Volume: 143
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Behavioural Brain Research
UBC Author(s): Anthony Phillips (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01664328
Volume: 398
Publication Date: 1 February 2021

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Publication: Contemporary Clinical Trials
UBC Author(s): Kristin Campbell (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15517144
Volume: 101
Publication Date: February 2021

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Publication: Personality and Individual Differences
UBC Author(s): Reinhard Krausz (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Kerry Jang (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01918869
Volume: 169
Publication Date: 1 February 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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