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
Lam, Raymond Department of Psychiatry Psychiatry (including psychotherapy); depression; Biomarkers; light therapy; cognition; digital technologies; bipolar disorder; antidepressants; global mental health
Lam, Stephen C Division of Respiratory Medicine Lung cancer, optical imaging, tomography, spectroscopy
Lam, Wan Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Cancer progression; Genome biology; Epigenetics; Molecular Systems Biology; Lung Cancer; Technology Development
Lan, James Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Kidneys and Urinary System; Histocompatibility; Immunogenetics
Lang, Donna Department of Radiology Medical, health and life sciences; Structural Neuroimaging; Psychosis; Addiction; cognition; Cardiovascular Function; Microvascular integrity
Lange, Philipp Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Bioinformatics; Genomics; Pathology (except oral pathology); Cell Signaling and Cancer; mass spectrometry; pediatric cancer; personalized medicine; post translational protein modification; Proteomics
Lange, Dirk Department of Urologic Sciences Ureteral stents; antifouling coatings; antimicrobial coatings; device complications
Langlois, Sylvie Department of Medical Genetics Studies of genotype/phenotype correlations in single gene disorders; Validations of genomic tools for the study of mental retardation and prenatal screening for aneuploidy; Outcome studies related to prenatal genetic screening
Lansdorp, Peter Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Application of single cell Strand-seq in precision medicine; Applied Genetics; cellular aging; Cellular Degeneration; Cellular Division; Complex Trait Genetics; DNA replication, epigenetics and stem cells; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genetic Diseases; Stem Cells and Organogenesis; telomeres; Telomeres, genomic instability, aging and cancer
Laule, Cornelia Department of Radiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Medical physics; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Pathology (except oral pathology); Auto-Immune Diseases; Axons; brain; Central Nervous System Inflammatory Diseases; Cerebral Atrophy; Histology; image analysis; Imaging; Inflammation; magnetic resonance imaging; Magnetic resonance spectroscopy; multiple sclerosis; myelin; Nervous System Development; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurological diseases; Neuronal Systems; pain; Pathology; Schizophrenia; Spinal Cord Diseases; spinal cord; Spinal cord injury
Lavoie, Pascal Department of Pediatrics Neonatal Immunity, Infection/Inflammation, Inheritance/Genetics of Neonatal Morbidities, Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease
Law, Michael School of Population and Public Health Health care administration; Health sciences; Public and population health; Global Health; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Health Policies; Health Policy; Observational studies; Pharmaceutical policy; Pharmacoeconomics; Pharmacoepidemiology; Program evaluation
Leavitt, Blair Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Alzheimer's disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Ataxia; Dementia; Experimental Therapeutics; Frontotemporal Dementia; Gene regulation; Gene Silencing and Gene Editing; Gene Therapy; Huntington disease; Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells; Medical Genetics; Mouse models of disease; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurogenetics
Lee, Agnes Yuet Ying Division of Hematology Cancer associated thrombosis, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, management
Lee, Tim Department of Dermatology & Skin Science Computing; Early Cancer Detection; Epidemiologic Research on Skin Cancer
Lefaivre, Kelly Department of Orthopaedics Orthopaedics
Lefebvre, Louis Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Health counselling; Developmental Genetics; developmental epigenetics; Embryonic Development; Gene Regulation and Expression; genomic imprinting; genomics; germ cell biology; Molecular Genetics; mouse developmental genetics; placental biology; Transgenic Model
Lehman, Anna Michelle Department of Medical Genetics Adams-Oliver syndrome; Hereditary spastic paraplegia; Ischiospinal dysostosis; Jeune syndrome; Genetic causes of nonsyndromic intellectual disability; Novel multiple congenital anomaly syndromes; Neurodegenerative disorders; Genes and Gene Therapy; Childhood Diseases
Leipsic, Jonathon Department of Radiology, Department of Medicine Diagnostic performance and radiation reduction as well as CT to guide minimally invasive valve intervention
Lester, Richard Division of Infectious Diseases Infectious diseases; Digital health; Mobile health (mHealth); Precision Public Health; Patient-centered care; Global Health
Leung, Peter C Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Reproductive and molecular endocrinology
Leung, Janice Division of Respiratory Medicine
Levin, Adeera Division of Nephrology Hypertension/Renal Transplantation; Medical Education; Outcome/Evaluation Method Applied to Renal Patients
Levings, Megan Department of Surgery, School of Biomedical Engineering Immunology; Cell therapy; Immune tolerance; Transplantation; Autoimmunity; Gene Therapy; Regulatory T cells
Li, Linda Department of Physical Therapy Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis; digital media; E-health; Health Care Technologies; Health services research; Implementation Science; Knowledge translation; Patient/Public engagement; Patient help-seeking experiences; Patient self-management; rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Care and Services; Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management; Shared decision-making

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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 Clinical Gastroenterology
UBC Author(s): Eric Yoshida (Division of Gastroenterology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01920790
Volume: 56
Page Range: E250-E262
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Experimental Brain Research
UBC Author(s): Jason Barton (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00144819
Volume: 240
Page Range: 861-869
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: European Journal of Human Genetics
UBC Author(s): Jehannine Austin (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10184813
Volume: 30
Page Range: 339-348
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 101
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): William Panenka (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Alasdair Barr (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine), Alexander Rauscher (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Thalia Field (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine), William Honer (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine), Donna Lang (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07067437
Volume: 67
Page Range: 207-215
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Brain Stimulation
UBC Author(s): Fidel Vila-Rodriguez (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 1935861X
Volume: 15
Page Range: 291-295
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of pediatric orthopedics. Part B
UBC Author(s): Kishore Mulpuri (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 31
Page Range: 160-168
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
UBC Author(s): Bradley Quon (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 23296933
Volume: 19
Page Range: 498-500
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
UBC Author(s): Peter Munk (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10892516
Volume: 25
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Clinical Rehabilitation
UBC Author(s): William Miller (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), Janice Eng (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02692155
Volume: 36
Page Range: 331-341
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: British journal of sports medicine
UBC Author(s): Karim Miran-Khan (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 56
Page Range: 306-307
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Emily Brigham (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 26672960
Volume: 63
Page Range: 133-143
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Mental Health and Physical Activity
UBC Author(s): Erin Michalak (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17552966
Volume: 22
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
UBC Author(s): Christopher McLeod (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02713586
Volume: 65
Page Range: 214-227
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
UBC Author(s): Neal Shahidi (Division of Gastroenterology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00165107
Volume: 95
Page Range: 527-534.e2
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Plastic and reconstructive surgery
UBC Author(s): Kathryn Isaac (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 149
Page Range: 547e-562e
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 300
Page Range: 50-58
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Pathology
UBC Author(s): Marco Marra (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223417
Volume: 256
Page Range: 297-309
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
UBC Author(s): Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19345925
Volume: 16
Page Range: 191-193
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Babak Shadgan (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 21
Page Range: 74-81
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Transplantation
UBC Author(s): Tom Blydt-Hansen (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 106
Page Range: 597-606
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Critical care medicine
UBC Author(s): James Russell (Critical Care Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 50
Page Range: e284-e293
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Arthritis Care and Research
UBC Author(s): Diane Lacaille (Rheumatology Division / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 2151464X
Volume: 74
Page Range: 502-503
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Gastroenterology
UBC Author(s): David Granville (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00165085
Volume: 162
Page Range: 877-889.e7
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: The Lancet Neurology
UBC Author(s): Anthony Traboulsee (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 14744422
Volume: 21
Page Range: 215-216
Publication Date: March 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
2020 Dr. Workman used X-ray crystallography to study the structure-function relationship of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall. His structural data revealed an unexpected topology and suggested an additional function for a key membrane protein. This knowledge provides a foundation for the development of novel antibiotics. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Leung examined candidate obesity and diabetes genes, and found that reducing the amount of one gene, called Pdk1, affects lipid metabolism and the heart. Further, this research shows that the metabolic effects of Pdk1, as well as environmental factors, are important to consider when using inhibitors of this gene as a potential therapeutic. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Round examined the interaction between non-steroidal molecules and sex hormone-binding globulin. He showed that this interaction has the ability to modulate testosterone levels in circulation, and may be pharmaceutically useful for testosterone replacement therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Colovic studied the use of radioactive amino acids (RAAs) in cancer detection. Using an imaging technique called positron emission tomography, she evaluated several RAAs as probes for imaging biomarkers of altered cancer metabolism. Her research brought the development of fluoroaminosuberic acid or FASu one step closer to clinical use. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Post examined the impact of genetic differences associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared with those found in control populations. Through the use of high throughput assays, she identified genetic variants that impact protein function and structure. This will improve our understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying ASD. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Shimell studied a gene that is disrupted in many patients with intellectual disability and epilepsy. His work demonstrates how this gene can guide the development of brain connections and how disrupting the proper function of this gene may lead to disorders of the brain. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Edgcumbe invented, patented, and licensed an augmented reality navigational aid that helps surgeons to visualize blood vessels and cancer tumours. Dr. Edgcumbe undertook his research to improve the surgical outcomes for the 50,000 Canadians that are diagnosed each year with liver, kidney, bladder, or prostate cancer. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2020 Dr. Tian developed an in vivo skin microscopy imaging method to study the behaviour of human skin cells, including damage and repair after solar radiation. This interdisciplinary and translational study helps us to solve biological problems by imaging human skin non-invasively. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mahmoud used preclinical models to examine how ovarian hormones impact risk or resilience to depression. Her work revealed novel insights into neuroimmune and neuroplastic mechanisms through which ovarian hormones may influence mental health outcomes. These findings contribute to the understudied field of women's mental health. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Thompson studied how the delayed rectifier potassium current (IKs) responds to phosphorylation at high heart rates. She shows that phosphorylation allows these channels to open more quickly, enabling the heart to relax faster, and protects against arrhythmia. This research provides important insight into the mechanism behind this response. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology (PhD)

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