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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
Fischer, Lisa Department of Family Practice sport concussion
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
Fisher, Charles Department of Orthopaedics adult spine surgery, with special clinical and research interests in trauma, oncology and evidence-based medicine
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
Fong, Anthony Medical, health and life sciences; Media and communications; disaster medicine; health journalism
Forbes, Connor Department of Urologic Sciences Urology; Other basic medicine and life sciences; Drug discovery, design and delivery; Endourology; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia; Kidney stones; Translational research
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; Other education; Free accredited education; Preventive Medicine; Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Holocaust studies; Exile Reintegration
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

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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.

 

Publication: Developmental Cell
UBC Author(s): Peter C Leung (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15345807
Volume: 59
Page Range: 776-792.e11
Publication Date: 25 March 2024

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Publication: PLoS Genetics
UBC Author(s): Jessica Dennis (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15537390
Volume: 20
Publication Date: 22 March 2024

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Publication: Blood
UBC Author(s): Christian Steidl (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00064971
Volume: 143
Page Range: 1057-1058
Publication Date: 21 March 2024

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Publication: Cell Systems
UBC Author(s): Joerg Gsponer (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 24054712
Volume: 15
Page Range: 246-263.e7
Publication Date: 20 March 2024

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Publication: Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
UBC Author(s): Daniel Renouf (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 42
Page Range: 1067-1076
Publication Date: 20 March 2024

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Publication: Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
UBC Author(s): David Scott (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine), Aly Karsan (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine), Alina Gerrie (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 42
Page Range: 1077-1087
Publication Date: 20 March 2024

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Publication: JMIR public health and surveillance
UBC Author(s): Lucy Perrone (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 10
Page Range: e50407
Publication Date: 20 March 2024

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Publication: Neuropharmacology
UBC Author(s): Anthony Phillips (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00283908
Volume: 246
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: JAMA Network Open
UBC Author(s): Thiviya Selvanathan (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 7
Page Range: E242551
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: Clinical Cancer Research
UBC Author(s): Jonathan Loree (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10780432
Volume: 30
Page Range: 1121-1130
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
UBC Author(s): Shoukat Dedhar (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10849521
Volume: 156
Page Range: 1-10
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: Heliyon
UBC Author(s): Monika Naus (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 24058440
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: Cancer
UBC Author(s): Stephen C Lam (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0008543X
Volume: 130
Page Range: 913-926
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: International Journal of Cardiology
UBC Author(s): Simon Rabkin (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01675273
Volume: 399
Publication Date: 15 March 2024

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Publication: BMJ open respiratory research
UBC Author(s): Christopher Ryerson (Division of Respiratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: 13 March 2024

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Publication: Behavioural Brain Research
UBC Author(s): Jason Barton (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01664328
Volume: 461
Publication Date: 12 March 2024

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Publication: JAMA
UBC Author(s): Mahyar Etminan (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 331
Page Range: 885-886
Publication Date: 12 March 2024

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Publication: Bladder Cancer
UBC Author(s): Alexander Wyatt (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 23523727
Volume: 10
Page Range: 1-8
Publication Date: 12 March 2024

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Publication: Clinical and experimental immunology
UBC Author(s): Kenneth Madden (Division of Geriatric Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 216
Page Range: 89-103
Publication Date: 12 March 2024

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Publication: JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions
UBC Author(s): John Webb (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19368798
Volume: 17
Page Range: 666-677
Publication Date: 11 March 2024

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Publication: JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions
UBC Author(s): John Webb (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19368798
Volume: 17
Page Range: 681-692
Publication Date: 11 March 2024

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Publication: CMAJ. Canadian Medical Association Journal
UBC Author(s): Rachel Murphy (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08203946
Volume: 196
Page Range: E297-E298
Publication Date: 11 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
2023 A family of viruses called dicistroviruses contains many copies of a protein, a rarity for viruses. Dr. Warsaba investigated the reasons for this and explored the conservation of this duplication. Reid found that these viruses duplicate this protein to produce the correct amounts of their viral proteins, revealing insights into virus evolution. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Aceves investigated the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation in healthy brains. Her research centered on the evaluation of neurotransmission and brain function, providing insights into the therapeutic applications of this brain-stimulation technique. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2023 Dr. Stubbs studied how traumatic brain injury affects the health of people who are homeless. He identified that serious brain injury is common in this population, and he used quantitative brain imaging to show how it affects health and functioning over time. His findings have implications for individual-level treatments and system-level policies. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Trinder showed that common and rare genetic variation can be used to predict an individual's risk of cardiovascular disease. He used these findings to implement genetic testing for cardiovascular disorders at St. Paul's Hospital's Healthy Heart Program. This work highlights the promise of genomic medicine for preventing and treating cardiac disease. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2023 Dr. Wells studied how our DNA faces internal obstacles and proposed a model featuring multiple repair pathways that work to tolerate this stress and prevent DNA damage. This work enhances our understanding of genome instability, a feature of cancer development and treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ge developed novel drugs targeting GluN2B-containing NMDA receptors and demonstrated that these drugs improved learning and memory in rat models. This research generated a potential pharmacotherapy for various learning disabilities. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang investigated how YAP1 gene regulates the differentiation of progenitor cells in the pancreas. He provided new evidence that manipulation of YAP1 expression controls pancreatic size and function during embryogenesis. His research shed light on the future development of cell therapy for type 1/2 diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Vaikakkara Chithran's work explores how neural circuits are maintained in the adult nervous system. She demonstrated that axon guidance cues are essential for the survival of adult neurons. Her research also contributed to the development of a novel tauopathy model to study how protein toxicity leads to neurodegeneration and neuronal death. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2023 Dr. Skinnider used machine learning to identify proteins that physically interact in living tissues. His work revealed how inherited mutations, present in every cell in the body, can cause dysfunction in just a single tissue. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2023 Dr. Sridhar studied regions of close contact between parts of a cell using budding yeast. She studied the role of previously uncharacterized proteins in maintaining steady state levels of lipids at these sites. Similar proteins are present in humans and could have a role in disease biology. Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)

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