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

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.


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
2010 Dr. Cina investigated the role of a certain protein isoform of a family of proteins responsible for communication between neighboring cells in brain development. She showed that the protein is required in directing neuronal migration in the mouse brain. This research has implications for understanding the spectrum of human neuronal migration disorders. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
2010 Dr. Bodner examined the role of health promotion in physical therapy practice and professional education with special reference to smoking cessation counseling. His work has major implications for change at the levels of the physical therapy associations and education as well as practice. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2010 Dr. Tavassoli found a new co-activator protein that binds to and differentially enhances androgen receptor activity. He also developed cell-based screening assays for agents that modulate growth, death and androgen receptor activation in prostate cancer cells. He subsequently applied his method to find more potent drugs against receptor activity. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2010 Dr. Pugh investigated relationships between the outcome of cancer treatment with variations in human genome sequences. He has pioneered methods for applying DNA sequencing technologies to primary cancer patient specimens. His work has helped pave the way for using genomics to better understand human cancer. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2010 Dr. Lee structurally and kinetically characterized essential enzymes involving sialic acid metabolism in bacterial pathogens. These studies significantly contribute to our understanding of various enzymes encoded by pathogenic bacteria, providing valuable insight into their catalytic mechanism and specificity. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2010 Dr. Lee's research provides important new information about the control of acetyl-CoA carboxylase, an enzyme that plays a vital role in controlling fat storage in the body. Her work increases our understanding of fat metabolism and may provide the basisfor developing drugs to treat obesity. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2010 Dr. Jones characterized a mouse line which expresses a fluorescent protein only when inherited from the female parent. This tool will be useful for studying diseases caused by a specific type of genes, called imprinted genes, which function differently depending on whether they are inherited from the mother or the father. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2010 Dr. Vasuta examined how the function of a major receptor in the brain is regulated. This receptor mediates excitation in the nervous system, and is linked to learning and memory formation. She proved that exercise influences synaptic phenomena that may be the basis of memory acquisition and consolidation. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2010 Dr. Dauphinee studied the innate immune response to bacterial infection. Her research described the function of a novel protein important in regulating the cellular events that control inflammation. Her work will ultimately assist in developing therapeutics that can be used to decrease the severity of the inflammatory response during infection. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2010 Dr. Chan studied honey bees and their ability to fight a highly contagious bacterial disease. She discovered that young bees lacked key proteins, which resulted in high susceptibility to infection. This research was the first detailed look into the molecular biology of the developing bee immune system. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)