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
Rossi, Fabio School of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Genetics Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine blood, Stem cells, regeneration, gene therapy, control of cell fate
Roth, Andrew Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Computer Science Molecular Oncology; Bioinformatics; Computational Biology; computational statistics; Machine Learning; genomics; Cancer Evolution; Evolutionary cancer biology; Cancer omics data; computational methods for studying clonal population structures and tumour evolution; Methodological work in computational statistics
Rothstein, Ralph Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Endocrinology
Russell, James Critical Care Medicine old world, Iron Age, Celtic, classical Greek, Roman and Byzantine art, archaeology, architecture, ancient Roman daily life and culture;Roman military organization early Christianity; magic in antiquity; Greek and Roman inscriptions and coins; Scottish and Irish archaeology; old world and classical architecture, archaeology and culture with emphasis on Western Europe and Middle East; Celtic (especially Ireland and Scotland); Greek and Roman, classical and Byzantine; Latin, Greek, Lallans and lowland Scots; Scottish literature; Robert Burns; Scottish poetry generally; ancient through early Islam, especially Turkey; Eastern Europe, New therapy for sepsis (severe infection), septic shock and acute lung injury, role of genetics of the inflammatory response in the critically ill
Ryan, Colm Division of Respiratory Medicine Respiratory Sleep Disorders; Investigation and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
Ryerson, Christopher Division of Respiratory Medicine Interstitial lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema, dyspnea, pulmonary rehabilitation, symptom management, health care databases.
Sadar, Marianne Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Prostate Cancer; Drug development; transcriptional regulation
Sadarangani, Manish Department of Pediatrics Immunology; Microbiology; Bacteria; Bacterial Vaccines; Childhood infections; Epidemiology; Immune System; Vaccine Development; Vaccine immunity
Sadovnick, Adele Department of Medical Genetics clinical genetic, genetic epidemiological and molecular genetic research
Sadowski, Ivan Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Gene regulation contributing to cancer and HIV, and yeast, regulation of HIV-I latency and replication in T cells
Sakakibara, Brodie Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Clinical medicine; Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Gerontology; rehabilitation; Physical Activity; Physical Rehabilitation; Spinal cord injury; Stroke Rehabilitation; Chronic disease self-management and prevention; Telehealth in people with stroke and cardiovascular disease; Complex behavioural intervention development; Clinical trial methodologies; Participatory and patient-oriented research
Salh, Baljinder Singh Division of Gastroenterology Gastrointestinal Pathologies; Nutrition and Cancer; Inflammatory bowel disease; Colon cancer; Signal transduction
Sanatani, Shubhayan Department of Pediatrics Arrhythmia; Sudden death, ion channelopathies, supraventricular tachycardia, autonomic nervous system
Sandford, Andrew Division of Respiratory Medicine genetic basis of asthma and has extended his studies to include the genetics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and peanut allergy as well as the genetic basis of pulmonary disease severity in cystic fibrosis; potential effects on gene function of genetic variants associated with these disease outcomes
Savage, Kerry Division of Medical Oncology Lymphoma, lymphoid
Sawatzky, Bonita Department of Orthopaedics Clinical medicine; Mobility; Outcome measures; biomechanics; assistive devices; rare disease
Schaeffer, David Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Clinical oncology; Pathology (except oral pathology); Bioinformatics; cancer genetics; Cancer biology; Genomic rearrangements; genomics; Pancreas; Pathology; patient derived models
Schaffer, Paul Department of Radiology Positron Emission Tomography Imaging
Schechter, Martin School of Population and Public Health HIV/AIDS
Schmidt, Julia Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy; Trauma / Injuries; cognition; Neurological diseases; Cognitive impairment; neuroscience; rehabilitation; Self-awareness; Self-identity; Traumatic Brain Injury
Schrader, Kasmintan Department of Medical Genetics Genomics & Bioinformatics, Clinical Genetics, Genetic Counselling and Ethics & Policy
Schreiber, William Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Porphyrias, toxicology, electrophoresis, educational technology, biochemistry, molecular biology
Schuetz, Christian Department of Psychiatry Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Addiction, Cognitive Control, Treatment; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Social and Cultural Psychiatry
Schultz, Kirk Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Cancer Blood and Marrow Transplantation Transplantation immunology Graft-versus-Host Disease Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Aplastic Anemia Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Oncology, immune system, childhood leukemia, blood and marrow transplatation, tumour immunology
Schwarz, Stephan Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Analgesia, Pain, Pharmacology, Pain management, Anesthesiology, cardiovascular, medical imaging, nerve, artery, valve

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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.

 

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. Richard Albert studied how each of our two copies of DNA, one from mom and one from dad, are treated differently deep within our cells. His research furthers our understanding of human reproduction and inheritance and will inform biomedical applications such as artificial insemination, stem cell therapies and cloning. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Sanford examined brain activity and working memory deficits in schizophrenia. Using a novel multi-dataset approach, she found that a brain network that activated during initial memory encoding predicted both verbal and visual memory capacity. This will inform the development of treatments to improve working memory in schizophrenia patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Dao's research identified relevant brain imaging markers for studying vascular cognitive impairment, a common form of dementia. She found that greater beta-amyloid plaque deposition and reduced myelin integrity contributed to worse clinical outcomes. This research is important for improving care in people with vascular cognitive impairment. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ishikawa demonstrated that people make health decisions based on stereotypes of health conditions and diseases, and developed a new approach to risk communication in health. His findings advance current strategies to reduce unintentional child injuries and fatalities, and help to address vaccine hesitancy and other health misconceptions. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Bashir investigated the behavioural and neuropathological consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI). She showed that CHIMERA, a rodent model of head injury, can replicate many features of human TBI. Dr. Bashir hopes that, in the future, CHIMERA can be used to validate promising drug targets to help in the treatment of TBI. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Hao's doctoral studies focused on how genetics can influence prostate cancer. He identified a gene that may drive the development of treatment-resistant prostate cancer. His work improves our understanding of the mechanism underlying the development of treatment resistance and provides a potential therapeutic target for this lethal disease. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Amenyogbe listened in on the conversation between gut microbes and the immune system in very young children. This revealed a complex and sophisticated information exchange that puts all social media platforms to shame. Now she is off to use the knowledge gained to improve crucial health outcomes. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ghaedi's research sought to clarify the developmental pathways and complexity of an immune cell population in the lung called type 2 innate lymphoid cells. Her work will help to better understand how these cells develop and regulate allergic diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Jones explored genetic and environmental factors that affect the risk of lymphoid cancers within families. She showed that early life factors that affect immune regulation and development are associated with lymphoid cancer onset in families. Her work has implications for the identification of risk factors for other familial diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Toselli studied pancreatic beta-cell development and regeneration. She created a new model to study and track beta-cells and discovered important cues for beta-cell development and regeneration. Her work gives us a better understanding of pancreas biology and renewal. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)

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