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
Prior, Jerilynn Division of Endocrinology Menstruation, ovulation, osteoporosis, perimenopause, menopause, hot flushes, progesterone, estrogen dominance, women’s health, menopause, birth control pills, breast health, calcium, vitamin D, insulin resistance, eating attitudes/eating restraint, premenstrual symptoms, anovulatory androgen excess (PCOS)
Purcell, Sarah Division of Endocrinology Medical, health and life sciences; Nutrition; energy balance; Obesity; Metabolism; energy expenditure; appetite; diet
Purssell, Roy Department of Emergency Medicine Emergency medicine, impaired driving, substance abuse, laboratory testing, adverse drug reactions
Puyat, Joseph School of Population and Public Health Public and population health; Epidemiology; Biostatistics and Public Health Practice; Psychopharmacoepidemiology; mental health; Mental Health Services
Qayumi, Abdul Karim Department of Surgery Device development and testing; Long-term survival of donor organs; Interactive teaching program development
Quandt, Jacqueline Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Neuroinflammation in damage and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis and other nervous system disorders
Quon, Bradley Division of Respiratory Medicine Cystic Fibrosis; Epidemiology; Respiratory System; Proteomics; Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines; biomarker discovery and development; clinical epidemiology; health care economics; medication adherence
Rabkin, Simon Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery Hypertension
Rahmim, Arman Department of Radiology, Department of Physics & Astronomy Clinical oncology; Medical physics; Physical sciences; Image Reconstruction; Machine learning and radiomics; medical physics; Molecular imaging; Quantitative Imaging; Theranostics
Rauscher, Alexander Department of Pediatrics Physical sciences; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; magnetic resonance imaging; physics; quantitative susceptibility mapping; myelin water imaging; brain; maschine learning
Raymond, Lynn Department of Psychiatry Huntington's Disease
Redekop, Gary Department of Surgery Clinical trials in stroke and cerebrovascular disease, neurosurgery
Regan, William Department of Orthopaedics orthopaedic understanding and treatment of athletic injuries, particularly the elbow, are recognized worldwide
Regehr, Glenn Department of Surgery Adult Education and Continuing Education; Professional Trajectories; medical education; health professional education; professional identity formation; authentic workplace assessment; clinical reasoning
Regier, Dean School of Population and Public Health theories of behavioral economics, personalized medicine, deliberative public engagement methods to inform healthcare priority setting
Reid, Gregor Department of Pediatrics Vaccine and Cancer; Immunotherapy; Immune System; paediatric cancer
Reilly, Christopher Department of Orthopaedics Paediatric spine, Paediatric sports injuries, Paediatric trauma, Medical education
Reiner, Peter Department of Psychiatry All other social sciences, n.e.c.; Neuroethics; Artificial Intelligence
Renouf, Daniel Division of Medical Oncology Developmental Therapeutics; Pancreatic cancer; Colorectal Cancer; Cancer Genomics; Cancer Biomarkers
Rideout, Elizabeth Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Sex differences; Metabolism; Cell Signaling Pathways; Development; Lifespan and Aging; Stress responses; Drosophila melanogaster
Road, Jeremy Division of Respiratory Medicine Respiratory medicine
Robillard, Julie Division of Neurology Medical, health and life sciences; Patient experience/patient engagement; eHealth; Assistive technology; Neuroethics; Brain health technology; Artificial Intelligence; Dementia; mental health; Social robots
Robinson, Wendy Department of Medical Genetics Other basic medicine and life sciences; Medical Genetics; Human Development; Epigenetics; miRNA; Preterm Birth; Placenta; Mosaicism; Fetal Growth; DNA methylation; Sex differences
Roland, Elke Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Neurology; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Developmental Neurology; Pediatric Neuroscience; Neurological diseases; Clinical Neurology; Neurological disorders
Roskelley, Calvin Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering Breast cancer, ovarian cancer


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
2020 Dr. Leung studied the role of proline isomerase Pin1 in prostate cancer. His research describes the interaction of Pin1 with the androgen receptor N-terminal domain and how targeting both of these proteins could reduce tumour growth. These findings enhance our understanding of the androgen receptor and aid in the development of novel therapies. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Button investigated the role of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), particles in the blood made of fats and proteins, in protecting brain blood vessels in Alzheimer's disease. Her work shows that raising the levels of functional HDL through drugs or lifestyle changes may protect against brain blood vessel changes and prevent Alzheimer's disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Tam studied proteins that cut, paste, and re-assemble the messages encoded by DNA for protein assembly called splicing factors, which are frequently mutated in cancers. Using budding yeast and leukemic cell line models, she showed that mutations in these proteins lead to an accumulation of DNA damage, which may contribute to cancer progression. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Booth investigated the development of small airways disease in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He showed that patients in the early stages of COPD already have chronically inflamed airways and tissue destruction. His work increases our knowledge of small airways disease in COPD and provides new avenues for treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Stewart studied lung cancer genetics, and discovered how recently-discovered genes called non-coding RNAs are altered in order to drive this deadly disease, and may be promising clinical targets. But the most important thing he learned during his PhD...was how to love. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2020 Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder often accompanied by brain changes and cardiovascular problems. Following an exercise program with schizophrenia patients, Dr. Woodward showed regional brain growth with improvements in clinical symptoms and cardiovascular health, showing a critical need for exercise as a part of mental health treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ordobadi studied nanoparticles for delivery of small molecule drugs and nucleic acids. Through her studies, she looked at the effect of nanoparticle composition on therapeutic relevance. Her findings can ultimately be used to develop treatments for a range of diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Jones examined the epidemiology of common mental disorders in workers with short term work disability due to musculoskeletal work injury. She found that workers with a common mental disorder were less likely to achieve sustained return to work. Her findings will inform work disability management policy and practice. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2020 Dr. Glass studied the relationship between human and livestock wellbeing in a traditional Maasai community. She found that herd size is associated with wealth and happiness, and her findings support the community belief that livestock are not a major source of human illness, as human and livestock diseases are most strongly correlated with climate. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ren discovered a novel mechanism that increases the coding capacity of a virus through an intergenic region internal ribosome entry site (IRES). This study will further our understanding of IRES' mediated translation initiation and reading frame decoding, which will inform our ability to recognize and treat viruses. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)