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
Uy, Christopher Neurology; Autoimmune Encephalitis; Neuroimaging; neuroimmunology
Vallance, Bruce Department of Pediatrics Enteric bacterial pathogens, innate immunity, instestinal inflammation, host defense, inflammatory bowel disease, immunity in health and disease
Van Allen, Margot Department of Medical Genetics Birth defects, their causes, the natural history of the disorders, and how to prevent them
Van Eeden, Stephanus Division of Respiratory Medicine Mechanisms of lung inflammation, particularly, lung inflammation caused by infection, cigarette smoking and air pollution
Van Petegem, Filip Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Biochemistry; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Genetic Diseases; Calcium signaling; Cardiac arrhythmia; electrical signaling; electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Ion channels; Structural Biology
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Health counselling; cancer genetics; Developmental Genetics; Human Cancer Genetics; Melanocytes; Melanoma; Molecular Genetics; Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis; Oncogenesis; Pigmentation
Vanderwal, Tamara Department of Psychiatry Functional Neuroimaging; child psychiatric disorders
Vedam, Saraswathi Midwifery Program Gestation / Parturition; Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights; Right and Access to Information; Home Care Services; Law and Health; Social Contract and Social Justice; Community Health / Public Health; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Family and Child Services; Home Birth; Place of Birth; Provider Attitudes; Respectful Maternity Care; Midwifery; Interprofessional relationships; Person-Centered Care; Patient Autonomy; Institutional Racism in Maternity Care; Maternal and Newborn Outcomes; Maternity care for diverse populations; Transdisciplinary engagement in health care; Mistreatment
Verchere, Bruce Department of Surgery, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Diabetes research, pediatrics, Beta cell survival and function
Viau, Victor Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Understanding the central bases of social- and gender-based differences in stress reactivity
Vigo, Daniel Department of Psychiatry, School of Population and Public Health Burden of disease estimation; Service improvement; Health systems assessment; global mental health; Psychiatric epidemiology; Psychopharmacology; Psychotherapy; E-mental health
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Department of Psychiatry Brain stimulation Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Theta-bust stimulation (TBS) Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) Depression Psychosis Schizophrenia
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Department of Medical Genetics Genetic medicine; Health counselling; Genetic Diseases; multiple sclerosis; Neurological disorders; Neuromyelitis optica
Virji-Babul, Naznin Department of Physical Therapy Concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Developmental disabilities (Down’s syndrome), Developmental neuroscience (mirror neurons, perception-action coupling)
Vogl, A Wayne Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences Nervous system connectivity and communication
Waibel, Sina Health services and systems
Walley, Keith Critical Care Medicine Organ failure during sepsis
Wang, Yuzhuo Department of Urologic Sciences Clinical oncology; Prostate Cancer; Modeling and Targeting the Development of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
Wang, Yu Tian Division of Neurology Learning and memory, stroke
Wang, Ying Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Wasserman, Wyeth Department of Medical Genetics Medical, health and life sciences; Medical and biomedical engineering; Creation of computational methods for the analysis of genome sequences (bioinformatics); Study of cis-regulatory elements controlling gene transcription; Applied analyses of genome sequences (genomics); Indigenous genomics
Watson, Peter Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Pathology (except oral pathology); Breast Cancer; Pathology; biomarker
Webb, John Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery Transcatheter interventional management of structural heart disease
Webber, Eric Department of Surgery Pediatric surgery, Surgical education, post-graduate medical education, pediatric gastric surgery, delivery of healthcare services, hepatology
Weber, Alexander Department of Pediatrics Neurocognitive patterns and neural networks; Central nervous system; Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); Quantitative MRI; Brain Disorders; resting state functional MRI; myelin water imaging; Arterial Spin Labelling; Diffusion Tensor Imaging; Fractal based analysis; Concussion; Diagnostic Imaging; Epilepsy; Seizures; Traumatic Brain Injury; open science; Biomedical Engineering; Rett Syndrome

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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
2019 Too much blood clotting is a prevalent cause of death worldwide. Dr. Lin explored common virus infection as a risk factor. He found that a normal clotting protein is incorporated into several viruses and may contribute to heart disease and stroke. Since this clotting factor can enhance infection, new antiviral strategies are on the horizon. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
2019 Dr. Smith developed a training program facilitated by novel technology, to teach older adults with memory loss to drive powered wheelchairs. Her research explored the skills required for powered wheelchair use and demonstrated that individuals with memory loss are capable of learning to use a powered wheelchair, promoting mobility and independence. Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
2019 Dr. Park studied the impact of maternal depression and prenatal antidepressant exposure on child development. Her findings highlight the importance of maternal mental health, pre and post-natally, for optimal maternal and child outcomes. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2019 Dr. Luo characterized the interaction mechanisms and functions of two proteins in the brain linked to neuropsychiatric disorders. She also analyzed 'germline recombination' as a major pitfall of widely used approaches in molecular genetics. Her findings further our understanding of brain development and will inform future neuroscience research. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2019 Dr. Konwar focused on understanding inflammation related changes that commonly occur in preterm births. Her research examined molecular changes in placentas from preterm births with and without inflammation. Her findings have laid the groundwork to identify biomarkers that could be detected in maternal blood when the inflammation is present. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2019 Dr. Rotem-Kohavi compared the brain's functional organization between typically developing infants, and infants exposed to depression with or without antidepressants during pregnancy. She found that each of these exposures is associated with different patterns of brain functional organization. This research will help to promote healthy development. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2019 Dr. Ezzat examined physical activity and other health outcomes in youth and young adults who had sustained previous intra-articular knee injuries. Her research highlights key psychological constructs and treatment targets that will contribute to the development of future secondary prevention strategies for knee Osteoarthritis. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2019 Dr. Cheung studied the genome targeting mechanism of the Ty1 jumping gene element using budding yeast as a model organism. She discovered the cellular components that Ty1 hijacks. Due to the conservation between Ty1 and retroviruses such as HIV, her work will ultimately help with better design of anti-viral drugs or viral vectors for gene therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Monajemi examined the role of Malt1 in myeloid cells and the development of immune-mediated disease. This research helps design therapies for immune-mediated disease including combined immunodeficiency, IBD, and osteoporosis. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2019 Dr. Carabet applied a novel strategy to target the oncogenic activity of Myc transcription factors implicated in the most therapy-resistant, lethal and incurable forms of prostate cancer. Using state-of-the-art computational methods, she developed novel drug leads that may serve as first-in-class drugs for treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

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