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 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.

 

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 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.

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

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
Alibabaei, Ahmad Health Information Systems, Telemedicine, Health Care Organization, Productivity, Decision Making, Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Intensive Care, Process Modelling and Improvement, Healthcare Systems Oprimization, healthcare Information Systems, Management Information Systems
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

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Graduate Student Profiles

Julien Richard Albert

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
Epigenetic regulation of the mouse germline transcriptome
UBC graduate student Samantha Schaffner

Samantha Schaffner

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
DNA Methylation as a Mediator of Individual Differences in Parkinson's Disease Susceptibility

Jesse Charlton

Master of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (MPTPHD)
Biomechanics and motor learning of gait modification for individuals with knee osteoarthritis

Molly Sweeney Magee

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Colorectal Cancer and Health Behaviours: Primary Prevention, Early Detection, and Improved Survivorship

Randip Gill

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Supporting the Educational Attainment and Well-Being Trajectories of Immigrants and Refugees in Canada, A Population-Level Analysis

Parker Holman

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Social Behavior Development

Mohammad Karamouzian

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Early injecting careers: Implications for health, HIV risk behaviours, and clinical care

Ellen Koch

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
Measuring glutamate transmission in Huntington's Disease using iGluSnFr, an optogenetic probe

Alumni on Success

Michael Rauh

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD) [2007]
Job Title
Attending Hematopathologist and Assistant Professor
Employer
Queen's University

Perveen Biln

Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD) [2015]
Job Title
Field Medical Advisor
Employer
Pfizer Canada
Paul Yong, MDPhD

Paul Yong

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD) [2006]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
UBC

Ryan Yuen

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD) [2011]
Job Title
Scientist
Employer
The Hospital for Sick Children

Jane Gair

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD) [2005]
Job Title
Teaching Professor/ Affiliate Professor of Teaching
Employer
University of Victoria/ University of British Columbia

Tamara Bodnar

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD) [2016]
Job Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
Employer
The University of British Columbia

Kevin Johns

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Medical Science Liaison
Employer
AstraZeneca Canada

Steven Maltby

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD) [2010]
Job Title
Research Academic
Employer
Hunter Medical Research Institute & The University of Newcastle

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