Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Wildfires, air pollution, and COVID-19: Individual and community resilience towards social and environmental disruption
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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.
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Most Faculty research is conducted under the auspices of 23 centres and institutes that are part of UBC or affiliated with it, in collaboration with our health partners.
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.
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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.
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Fisher, Cynthia||Basic medicine and life sciences; Medical and biomedical engineering; Biological sciences; Health sciences; Stem cells and regenerative medicine; Epigenetics and chromatin level regulation of gene expression; Hematopoiesis and immunology|
|Flannigan, Ryan||Department of Urologic Sciences||evaluating genetic and molecular mechanisms contributing to non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA)|
|Fleetham, John||Division of Respiratory Medicine||Sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, imaging techniques, respiratory muscle function, systemic blood pressure, hypothalamic pituitary function, psychological status, disordered breathing|
|Forbes, Connor||Department of Urologic Sciences||Endourology, Minimally Invasive Surgery|
|Forster, Bruce||Department of Radiology||Radiology; imaging|
|Forwell, Susan||Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy||Neurological conditions and their impact on chosen occupations|
|Foster, Leonard||Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories||Biochemistry; Genomics; Agriculture; antigen presentation; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biotechnology; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Honey bees; host-pathogen interactions; Immune System; Microbiology; Proteomics; Systems Biology|
|Francis, Gordon||Division of Endocrinology||lipoproteins; Cholesterol metabolism; Cardiovascular risk factors; Prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes; High density lipoproteins (HDL)|
|Frangou, Sophia||Department of Psychiatry||the study of the human brain in health and disease|
|Frank, Erica||School of Population and Public Health||Health sciences; Public and population health; Free accredited education; Preventive Medicine|
|Freeman, Hugh James||Division of Gastroenterology||Intestinal Diseases|
|Friedman, Jan Marshall||Department of Medical Genetics||Other clinical medicine; Genetic medicine; Genomics; Health counselling; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Birth defects epidemiology; Clinical genomics; Developmental Genetics; Genetics and Heredity; Neurofibromatosis|
|Gadermann, Anne||Social determinants of health; Housing and homelessness; Quality of|
|Gallagher, Romayne||Medical, health and life sciences; palliative care, pain and symptom management|
|Gao, Zu-Hua||Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine|
|Garbuz, Donald||Department of Orthopaedics||reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee; novel imaging techniques to assess early changes in articular cartilage, which may be indicators for osteoarthritis|
|Garnis, Catherine||Department of Surgery||Cancer biology; Tumor progression; Oral premalignant lesions; Head and neck cancer; RNA biology, microRNAs; Alternative splicing; Biomarkers|
|Ge, Ruiyang||Neuropsychology; Mood Disorder; Big Data; mental illness|
|Geller, Josie||Department of Psychiatry||Eating Disorders|
|Geoffrion, Roxana||Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology||patient education, surgical outcomes after various pelvic reconstructive surgeries and surgical skill development through simulation and standardized training; pelvic floor reconstruction procedures such as vaginal prolapse or urinary incontinence surgery|
|Gerrie, Alina||Division of Medical Oncology||Clinical medicine; Lymphoid Cancer; Leukemia; genomics; Population-based outcomes; Cellular therapy; Quality of life; Survivorship|
|Giaschi, Deborah||Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences||Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; amblyopia; reading; dyslexia; motion perception; binocular vision; visual development|
|Gibson, William||Department of Medical Genetics||Genetic medicine; Genetic Diseases; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Epigenetics|
|Gilbert, Mark||School of Population and Public Health||Public and population health; Development, implementation, evaluation and scale-up of innovative sexual health programs; Gay men’s sexual health, including sexual health literacy; Synergistic and integrated dynamics of infectious diseases, mental illness and other conditions|
|Gill, John||Division of Nephrology||Clinical outcomes in kidney transplant patients; Access to kidney transplantation; Living donor transplantation; Cardiovascular risk in transplant patients|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
|2022||Dr. Zhao explored storing platelets in the cold versus at room temperature. He showed that cold-stored platelets are more effective at stopping bleeds and have preserved metabolomic parameters than the currently in-use room-temperature stored platelets. His work contributes to and accelerated the clinical investigation of cold-stored platelets in cardiothoracic patients.||Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Vanderkruk showed how the identity and function of insulin-producing beta cells is enforced by a system of cellular memory centred on methylation of histone H3 lysine 4 proteins. These studies provide novel insight into how beta cell identity is stabilized during the long period of adulthood in mammals and destabilized during diabetes.||Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Kenny investigated heading in female varsity soccer players and provided important details on the frequency and magnitude of these repetitive head impacts. Using the substantial video data and comprehensive data collection over 3-years, she demonstrated a potential dose response to the number of headers and both brain physiology and function.||Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Juang uncovered novel mechanisms of blood clotting and developed reagents that modulate clotting to decrease both bleeding and the formation obstructive clots. In the short-term, these reagents are useful as research tool to study blood clotting. In the long-term, these reagents will hopefully be translated into the clinic as therapeutics.||Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Simkin examined differences in cancer risk by geography in British Columbia, Canada, using various methods that leverage locational information. In doing so, he revealed new insights on the geographical distributions of cancer, and developed analytic approaches and tools that provide localized information to support regional health planning.||Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Arostegui discovered the embryonic origin of a unique cell population responsible for the development of tendon-bone attachment sites and various stromal lineages in the limb. This work represents the foundation for future studies involving the role of this unique cell population in tissue repair and regeneration.||Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Chen used a high-throughput method to explore 2 Metallo-beta-lactamases enzymes present in the clinics, generating largescale datasets on their resistance behaviors. He gained deeper understanding of MBLs, such as how antibiotic concentrations affect bacteria containing MBLs, and how and why behaviours may differ between MBLs.||Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. De Silva studied how the platelet's structural framework, termed the actin cytoskeleton, and the supporting actin-binding proteins, regulate platelet cell death and shape change. Dr. De Silva's findings identify the actin-binding protein filamin A as a critical player in multiple aspects of platelet function.||Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Charlton applied novel wearable technology to measure how people walk in everyday life, and to develop new ways to use physical activity to treat joint disease. His work contributes to the understanding of how people with musculoskeletal disease move, and their capacity to integrate movement-based rehabilitation into daily walking practices.||Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Nouruzi's research provides insight into the role of the proneuronal transcription factor ASCL1 in early drug induced epigenetic plasticity that supports the reprogramming of prostate cancer towards aggressive disease.||Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)|
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Funding will support advancement of regenerative medicine research projects and clinical trials. The post UBC Medicine researchers awarded over $1.6 million from Canada’s Stem Cell Network appeared first on UBC Faculty of Medicine.Learn More