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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

or browse the list of faculty members in various academic units. You may click each unit to view faculty members appointed in that unit. View the full faculty member directory for more search and filter options.
Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Abdelrahman, Khaled Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Basic pharmacology; G protein-coupled receptor pharmacology; Neuropharmacology; Molecular Neuroscience
Abreu Santos, Emmanuel
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 Clinical medicine; Shock; Sickle cell disease; Resuscitation
Ali, Ismail
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
Ardern, Clare Department of Physical Therapy Electronic health (e-Health); Mobile health (mHealth); Patient and citizen engagement research; Health equity; Physical therapy; Sports medicine; Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Orthopedics; Sex and gender-based analysis; musculoskeletal conditions; Digital health; eHealth; orthopaedics; sports medicine; rehabilitation; meta-science; peer review; research impact
Ashe, Maureen Department of Family Practice Mobile health (mHealth); Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Patient and citizen engagement research; Physical therapy
Atiquzzaman, Mohammad Division of Nephrology
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, Department of Microbiology & Immunology 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 ,

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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): Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 351
Page Range: 631-640
Publication Date: 15 April 2024

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Publication: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
UBC Author(s): Linda Li (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00490172
Volume: 65
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Christopher Richard Honey (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 350
Page Range: 887-894
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Radiology Case Reports
UBC Author(s): Savvakis Nicolaou (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 19
Page Range: 1619-1623
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: GeroScience
UBC Author(s): Teresa Yeong Lih Liu (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 25092715
Volume: 46
Page Range: 2755-2764
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: GeroScience
UBC Author(s): Angela Brooks-Wilson (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 25092715
Volume: 46
Page Range: 1589-1605
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
UBC Author(s): Linda Li (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00490172
Volume: 65
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Journal of Orthopaedics
UBC Author(s): Bassam Masri (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine), Donald Garbuz (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 50
Page Range: 99-110
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Experimental Neurology
UBC Author(s): Weihong Song (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00144886
Volume: 374
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: JAMIA Open
UBC Author(s): Daniel Vigo (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 7
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Cancer Letters
UBC Author(s): Honglin Luo (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03043835
Volume: 585
Publication Date: 31 March 2024

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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: 399
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: Neuropharmacology
UBC Author(s): Anthony Phillips (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00283908
Volume: 246
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
UBC Author(s): Shoukat Dedhar (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10849521
Volume: 156
Page Range: 1-10
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: Behavioural Brain Research
UBC Author(s): Jason Barton (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01664328
Volume: 461
Publication Date: 12 March 2024

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Publication: The Journal of general physiology
UBC Author(s): David Fedida (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 156
Publication Date: 4 March 2024

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Publication: Fertility and Sterility
UBC Author(s): Gillian Hanley (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine), Jessica McAlpine (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00150282
Volume: 121
Page Range: 531-539
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Annals of Surgery
UBC Author(s): Faizal Haji (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00034932
Volume: 279
Page Range: 549-553
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: The Journal of urology
UBC Author(s): Miles Mannas (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 211
Page Range: 384-391
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: The Journal of urology
UBC Author(s): Joel Teichman (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 211
Page Range: 454
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
UBC Author(s): Timothy Oberlander (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01497634
Volume: 158
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Pain
UBC Author(s): Timothy Oberlander (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03043959
Volume: 165
Page Range: 523-536
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Molecular biology of the cell
UBC Author(s): Steven Daniel Pelech (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 35
Page Range: ar33
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
UBC Author(s): Christopher Reilly (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02716798
Volume: 44
Page Range: E242-E248
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Clinical Radiology
UBC Author(s): Peter Munk (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00099260
Volume: 79
Page Range: 170-178
Publication Date: March 2024

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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
2023 Dr. Radisavljevic investigated the role of gut bacteria in Parkinson's disease using a mouse model. This work helps with an understanding of which gut bacterial members may play a role in modulating non-motor symptoms of this disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Moon developed enzyme-mediated cell surface engineering techniques that modify both major blood antigen A and minor blood antigen RhD to generate universal donor red blood cells. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Dziurdzik investigated a protein family implicated in different neurological disorders that hold together cellular compartments and shuttle lipids between them. Her work uncovered how these proteins target various compartments, improved our understanding of the disease pathogenesis, and also identified novel proteins with related functions. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Zhang studied the effect of non-invasive stimulation therapies on brain neurobiology. Stimulation therapies are critical for the treatment of psychiatric disorders and her work showed that stimulation therapies can affect the generation of new neurons in the brain to potentially mediate therapeutic and side-effects. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2023 Dr. Lapointe extensively employed various DNA sequencing technologies to gain deeper insights into anti-viral drug resistance and the molecular epidemiology of HIV, HCV, and SARS-CoV-2. His research has significantly advanced our understanding of viral public health dynamics, and heloed shape the local and national clinical management guidelines. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Sheth investigated the neural correlates of two distinct types of dynamic patterns  freely-moving and goal-driven  present in the stream of thought. Her findings offer new insights into the functions of the default and executive networks of brain and have implications for mental health, spontaneous thought, mind-wandering, and creativity. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Rufenach studied the biophysical interactions and three-dimensional structures of protein complexes involved in calcium signaling pathways. Her research has contributed to understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle contraction and rare neuromuscular diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Francis mapped the dynamics of antibiotic resistance gene carriage in the healthy newborn infant gut and characterized changes in response to severe acute malnutrition and HIV, in low-resource settings. His findings have major implications for antibiotic prophylaxis, therapy and stewardship practices in global neonatal and infant populations. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Desai revealed that despite better CF prognosis in recent years, people with CF still face substantial burden from lung impairment and other complications. Rising healthcare costs due to expensive medications pose additional challenges. These findings will help improve their service planning and resource allocation in the future. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2023 Dr. Dellazizzo Toth developed imaging techniques and technologies enabling rapid recording of all activity across a complete neural arbor in an awake animal and applied these tools to interrogate how individual neurons are modified by experience. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)

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