Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
Investigating the Role of a Redundant Viral Protein
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|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Blydt-Hansen, Tom||Department of Pediatrics||Childhood Diseases; Pediatric kidney transplant; Injury phenotype; Rejection; Biomarkers; Metabolomics; Chemokines|
|Bouchard, Katrina||Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology||Clinical sexology; Mental health and wellbeing; Sexual identy, sexual attraction and sexual behaviour; Sexual health; sexual response; sexual well-being; women's health; couples|
|Bowie, William||Division of Infectious Diseases||infections (travel, sexually transmitted diseases, water borne, vector borne, zoonotic); bioterrorism; antibiotic use; public health issues related to communicable disease; climate change, environmental degredation, inequities and infection, Social, economic and environmental factors which put people at risk for infection|
|Boyd, Jade||Division of Aids|
|Boyd, Lara||Department of Physical Therapy||Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Learning; Learning and Memory; Motor System; Motor learning; Neurophysiology; Physiology; Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration; stroke|
|Boyd, John||Critical Care Medicine||The cross-application of techniques from cardiovascular physiology and immunology has resulted in exciting discoveries, including proving for the first time that stimulation of Toll-Like Receptors expressed by cardiac myocytes resulted in cardiac contractile dysfunction|
|Brauer, Michael||School of Population and Public Health||Environmental and occupational health and safety; Health sciences; Public and population health; air pollution; built environment; Community Health / Public Health; environmental health; environmental epidemiology; healthy cities; remote sensing|
|Brigham, Emily||Division of Respiratory Medicine|
|Brinkman, Ryan||Department of Medical Genetics||Bioinformatics, flow cytometry, high throughput data analysis, data standars, GvHD biomarker identification, cluster identification|
|Brooks, Donald||Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Department of Chemistry||microgravity research (space station, etc); diagnostic testing device; Centre for Blood Research; biomaterials, Organic chem, blood research|
|Brooks-Wilson, Angela||Department of Medical Genetics||Bioinformatics; Clinical oncology; Genetic medicine; Genomics; cancer families; cancer genetics; genetic susceptibility; human genetics; longevity; Super seniors|
|Brotto, Lori||Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Psychiatry||Human reproduction and development sciences; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Clinical psychology; mindfulness; Sexual Dysfunctions; sexual desire; treatment of sexual concerns; women's sexual health; asexuality; digital health interventions|
|Brown, Kelly||Department of Pediatrics||Medical, health and life sciences; childhood rheumatic diseases; Inflammation; phagocytes|
|Brown, Carolyn Janet||Department of Medical Genetics||Bioinformatics; Clinical oncology; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Health counselling; Applied Genetics; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; DNA methylation; Epigenetic control of gene expression; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genes escaping X-chromosome inactivation; Long non-coding RNAs; X-chromosome inactivation; XIST RNA|
|Brubacher, Jeffrey||Department of Emergency Medicine||drugs and driving, alcohol impaired driving, road safety|
|Brunham, Liam||Division of General Internal Medicine||Medical, health and life sciences; Lipids; Genetics; Pharmacogenomics; Cardiovascular diseases|
|Brussoni, Mariana||Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health||Developmental psychology; Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Population health interventions; injury prevention; Children's outdoor play; Risky play; Parenting; health behaviour change|
|Bryan, Stirling||School of Population and Public Health||Economics of health care, policy, from UK|
|Buckley, Anne Regina||Department of Radiology||Abdominal Radiology including Ultrasound, CT, and GU Intervention; ultrasound including abdominal, pelvic, transplants, vascular, small parts and ultrasound guided intervention, abdominal CT and CT guided intervention, and|
|Burgess, Michael||School of Population and Public Health, Department of Medical Genetics||Clinical oncology; Genetic medicine; Health care administration; Health sciences; Public and population health; Applied Ethics; Deliberative Democracy; Ethics and Health; Genetics and Ethics; Health Policy; Individual and Collective Ethics; Participatory research; Public deliberation; Science Policy|
|Buxton, Jane||School of Population and Public Health||Epidemiology, harm reduction|
|Calam, Betty||Department of Family Practice||medical education; Indigenous health; Decolonizing methodologies; Community‐based participatory projects; Pregnancy and birthing care; Reproductive counselling; Sexual health; Culturally-informed cancer screening; Hospitals & Clinics; Healthcare|
|Camp, Patricia||Department of Physical Therapy||Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; E-health; Environment and Respiratory Diseases; Health Care Technologies; health services delivery; Indigneous health; Knowledge translation; Mixed methods; Mobility; Native Health; Physical Activity; pulmonary rehabilitation; rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Care and Services; Telemedicine|
|Campbell, Kristin||Department of Physical Therapy||Clinical oncology; Physical therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Biomarkers; Breast Cancer; Exercise Physiology; oncology; physical function; Physiology; Quality of Life and Aging; rehabilitation|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
|2021||Dr. Park developed a master protocol for an innovative trial design called for an adaptive platform trial that can answer multiple questions for child linear growth research in sub-Saharan Africa. His research established a way to improve the efficiency and long-term sustainability of clinical trial research for global health.||Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Rees examined how cell communication is altered in people with inflammatory bowel disease patients. This alteration in communication drives inflammation and exacerbates disease.||Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. To-Miles studied how activities are related to health among people with and without inflammatory arthritis, and how activities and health have changed during COVID-19. Her research provokes further study on the resiliency of the arthritis population and contributes to the fields of arthritis, occupational science, and occupational therapy.||Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Chander's dissertation involves the optimization of lipid nanoparticle systems to exhibit improved therapeutic properties like enhanced drug release ability and improved transfection competency in extra-hepatic tissues for both small molecule and nucleic-acid based drugs.||Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Gladish studied how epigenetics could be involved in the relationship between health disparities and adversity, such as abuse and low socioeconomic status throughout life. She found that several measures of life-long adversity associate with DNA methylation providing insight into the molecular pathways potentially linking adversity and health.||Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Behar elucidated the evolutionary origin and biological role of the plant cell wall enzymes endo-glucanase 16 in two distantly related plant species, spreading earthmoss and poplar. In the process, she also discovered a new group of proteins that are prevalent in green algae. Her work contributes to the understanding of land plant evolution.||Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Minh examined how young people from Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States differ in their experiences of mental health, education, and work. These comparative studies illuminate the influence that social welfare, education, and labour market systems have on individual mental health and well-being across the life course.||Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Leese developed understanding of ethical issues experienced by people with arthritis when using wearable technology in their everyday self-management with a health professional. This research contributes new insight to help develop and implement physical activity programs involving wearable technology in ways that are ethically aware.||Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Millington studied sex differences in nutrient-dependent growth using flies as a model. He found that sex-biased changes to insulin signaling in response to nutrients controls male-female differences in growth. As insulin is highly conserved, these results inform our understanding of the sex-biased incidence of metabolic diseases in humans.||Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Frew studied a new approach for treating a genetic form of frontotemporal dementia. He created a unique repository of dementia patient-derived stem cell lines that will contribute to the study of neurodegeneration for years to come. His research provides support for continued development and preclinical testing of next generation therapeutics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)|
The projects focus on improving health care systems and patient well-being in British Columbia. The post UBC Medicine researchers awarded 2022 Innovation and Translational Research Awards appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
The findings reveal how rTMS works for treatment-resistant depression and could help predict the likelihood of patients getting better. The post New research maps how the brain changes during depression treatment appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Next step toward a potential functional cure for type 1 diabetes. The post B.C. researchers launching clinical trial for first genetically engineered stem cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
The researchers will advance cutting-edge regenerative medicine research projects and clinical trials. The post UBC Medicine researchers awarded over $2.5 million from Canada’s Stem Cell Network appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.
UBC researchers urge people who are pregnant to remain vigilant and protect themselves from COVID-19. The post Catching COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risk of hospitalization, premature birth appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.