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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
Oxland, Thomas Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Mechanical Engineering Spinal Cord Injury, Aging Spine, Orthopaedic Implants
Ozturan, Seyma Gulcenur ,
Palepu, Anita Division of General Internal Medicine Health services and systems; homeless; Addiction; housing; Epidemiology; health care utilization; safe medication prescribing
Panenka, William Department of Psychiatry Brain, Behaviour & Development
Pang, Catherine C Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Cardiovascular pharmacology, education, hypertension
Park, Yongjin Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Statistics Other basic medicine and life sciences; High dimensional data analysis; Biostatistical methods; Bioinformatics; single-cell genomics; Computational Biology; Causal inference; Bayesian machine learning
Parker, Seth Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Metabolomics; Cell metabolism; Pediatric cancer; mass spectrometry; Childhood disease; Cancer; Solute carriers; Metabolism; Mitochondria; Stable-isotope tracing; Functional assay development
Paterson, Ryan Department of Urologic Sciences medical and surgical management of kidney stone disease, laparoscopic urologic surgery, and the surgical treatment of benign prostatic enlargement
Patrick, David School of Population and Public Health Health sciences; Public and population health; Antibiotics and Resistance; Pharmacoepidemiology; Responding to the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance at Population Level; Response to Emerging Infectious Diseases
Pavlidis, Paul Department of Psychiatry, Michael Smith Laboratories Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Engineering and technology; genomics; Bioinformatics; cellular and molecular neuroscience; Genetics; disorders of the nervous system; single-cell genomics; Computational Biology; Gene regulation
Pearce, Margo
Peebles, Erin Health equity; Environmental, developmental and social factors of youth health; Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; medical education; equity, diversity, inclusion; social determinants of health
Pelech, Steven Division of Neurology Neurological disorders (except neuromuscular diseases); Mechanisms of carcinogenesis; Adaptive immunity; Medical virology; Protein Microarrays; Protein Kinases; Protein Phosphatases; Protein phosphorylation; Cell signalling; Signal transduction; Cell division; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Neurological Disease; Cancer; Immunology
Penninger, Josef Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; BH4; Blood vessel engineering; Bone Remodeling; Cancer; Cardiovascular Regeneration; Glycoproteomics in cancer; Haploid stem cells; Immunopathology; Neurodegenerative diseases; Tissue Engineering
Perrone, Lucy Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Improving health outcomes through improved diagnostic testing quality, Improving capacity through strengthening health and laboratory systems, Using effective quality improvement tools and approaches to improve diagnostic service delivery
Petrella, Robert Department of Family Practice Aging; rehabilitation; Geriatrics; Chronic Disease prevention, management and control; Physical Activity; Lifestyle management
Pettersen, Jacqueline Division of Neurology memory; impact of small vessel disease on cognition; role of cerebrovascular disease in Alzheimer
Phang, P Terence Department of Surgery Colorectal cancer surgery, clinical research, diagnostic imaging, laparoscopy, sphicter-preserving resection, transanal microsurgery, medical education
Phillips, Anthony Department of Psychiatry Addictions Psychiatry, Basic Neurosciences
Pike, Ian Department of Pediatrics Health promotion and disease prevention; Child and Youth Injury Prevention; Safety-oriented culture; Indigenous child injury prevention; Social Marketing; Child Passenger Safety; Risky play; Drowning prevention
Pollock, Courtney Department of Physical Therapy Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; impact of neurological changes associated with aging, disease and injury on motor control; motor control of walking balance and balance reactions
Poon, Brenda School of Population and Public Health Population-level early identification and early intervention for children with special needs; Complex systems of coordinated service delivery and supports; Family-centered services; Integrated child health information systems; Community-based research regarding social determinants of children
Pouladi, Mahmoud Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Fragile X syndrome; Huntington disease; Neurodegenerative diseases
Preston, Roanne Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics obstetric anesthesia
Price, Morgan Department of Family Practice Health Information Systems; Design; family medicine; eHealth Adoption; eHealth Requirements Engineering; eHealth Ux/UI Design; software engineering; decision support systems; Treatment Adherence; Consumer eHealth; Health System Improvement; primary care; Team-based care

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Graduate Student Stories

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: Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
UBC Author(s): Kim Nguyen Chi (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 35
Page Range: 329-330
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Neurology
UBC Author(s): Helen Tremlett (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03405354
Volume: 271
Page Range: 1108-1123
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Global Spine Journal
UBC Author(s): Brian Kwon (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 21925682
Volume: 14
Page Range: 503-512
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Psychiatric Research
UBC Author(s): John Ogrodniczuk (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223956
Volume: 171
Page Range: 25-29
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Global Spine Journal
UBC Author(s): Brian Kwon (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 21925682
Volume: 14
Page Range: 535-545
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Perinatology
UBC Author(s): Erik Skarsgard (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07438346
Volume: 44
Page Range: 348-353
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: International Journal of Stroke
UBC Author(s): Thalia Field (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 17474930
Volume: 19
Page Range: 322-330
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Resuscitation Plus
UBC Author(s): Brian Grunau (Emergency Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 17
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Children and Youth Services Review
UBC Author(s): Mariana Brussoni (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01907409
Volume: 158
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Intelligence
UBC Author(s): Todd Woodward (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01602896
Volume: 103
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
UBC Author(s): Lori Brotto Fontana (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08445621
Volume: 56
Page Range: 117-128
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
UBC Author(s): Arman Rahmim (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01692607
Volume: 245
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
UBC Author(s): Jason Sutherland (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0832610X
Volume: 71
Page Range: 367-377
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society
UBC Author(s): Bradley Quon (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 30
Page Range: 302-310
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Critical care medicine
UBC Author(s): James Russell (Critical Care Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 52
Page Range: 509-512
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: eBioMedicine
UBC Author(s): Scott Tebbutt (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 101
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Child Abuse and Neglect
UBC Author(s): Ian Pike (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01452134
Volume: 149
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: American Journal of Health Promotion
UBC Author(s): Jill Zwicker (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), Brodie Sakakibara (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), Julia Schmidt (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08901171
Volume: 38
Page Range: 384-393
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Medical Physics
UBC Author(s): Ilker Hacihaliloglu (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00942405
Volume: 51
Page Range: 2044-2056
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Social Science and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Thomas Kerr (Division of Social Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02779536
Volume: 345
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease
UBC Author(s): Julie Robillard (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 22745807
Volume: 11
Page Range: 274-284
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
UBC Author(s): Maria Socias (Division of Social Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00099236
Volume: 115
Page Range: 506-514
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Raymond Lam (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07067437
Volume: 69
Page Range: 183-195
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Maria Socias (Division of Social Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07067437
Volume: 69
Page Range: 172-182
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: eClinicalMedicine
UBC Author(s): Manish Sadarangani (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 69
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
2022 Dr. Sadasivan investigated how RNA viruses inhibit cellular stress responses during virus infection. He showed that a virally encoded protein modulates the activity of a key host protein to evade the stress response. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Tran examined a novel method of achieving compatibility between donors and recipients in kidney transplantation. She demonstrated that matching at immunogenic protein motifs is feasible and clinically beneficial in preventing graft failure. This work is now acting as the foundation for a national matching program for kidney organ allocation. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2022 Dr. Crockett used novel brain imaging techniques to determine functional brain networks disrupted in older adults vulnerable to dementia. She also studied the benefits of physical activity and resistance training for brain health. Her take away message is: to make gains for brains, we should all regularly squat low and feel our brains grow. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Li investigated a class of oxidative enzymes that are traditionally researched for their potential to convert non-edible plant biomass into second-generation bioethanol. He subsequently showed that these enzymes are also highly suitable to facilitate chemical modification of biomass fibres into value-added bio-products. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Atoyebi explored the needs of family caregivers of people with neurocognitive disorders as well as possible solutions to address those needs. He collaborated with caregivers and care recipients to develop a medium fidelity prototype of their most preferred solution, which is a web-based service to assist families in hiring paid support workers. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Johnson investigated how a new drug candidate selectively kills lung cancer cells by an oxidative stress-linked mechanism of action. He identified specific enzymes that are inhibited and demonstrated why lung cancer cells are sensitive but normal cells are not. His research will help the development of new, targeted anti-cancer therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Labuschagne investigated the perception of noise in vowels and vowel-like stimuli. She found that fundamental frequency, level, and frequency band affected noise detection and discrimination. The research contributes to our understanding of the auditory processing mechanisms involved in the perception of the voice quality breathiness. Doctor of Philosophy in Audiology and Speech Sciences (PhD)
2022 Dr. Amitzi focused on inhibition of DDX11 as a potential cancer therapy. She identified genetic interactions of DDX11 in human cells and adapted biochemical screening assays for DDX11 inhibitors. She also contributed to the development of a pipeline for discovery of novel cancer therapies that induce cell death by trapping protein targets onto DNA. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2022 Dr. Lee's research focused on dissecting the mechanisms by which plasmin enzymatically modulates activated protein C to bias its function towards cytoprotection through protease-activated receptor 1 signaling, and to understand how plasmin converts factor V from a procoagulant to fibrinolytic accelerator of tissue plasminogen activator. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2022 Dr. Beaulieu's dissertation research focused on generating evidence to inform optimal care provision for those living with concurrent opioid use disorder and mental illness. Her work advances the field of health and integrated services research and has important implications for future health research, policy, and practice. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)

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