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
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 Other health sciences; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; amblyopia; reading
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
Gill, Sharlene Division of Medical Oncology Colorectal cancer, hepatobiliary malignancies, pancreatic cancer, phase II/III clinical trials, health outcomes research
Gill, Jagbir Division of Nephrology Kidney transplantation; Organ donation; Clinical epidemiology
Gleave, Martin Department of Urologic Sciences Infectious diseases, interdisciplinary oncology, prostate
Goerges, Matthias Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Medical devices; Expert systems technologies in artificial intelligence; Anesthesiology; Electronic health (e-Health); Health information systems (including surveillance); Human-computer systems and interface; Bio-signal processing and analysis; Biomedical Technologies; Artificial Intelligence; decision making; Software Development; Health Care Technologies; Critical Care Medicine; decision support systems; Human Computer Interaction and Design; Medical informatics; predictive analytics
Goldenberg, S Larry Department of Urologic Sciences prostate cancer, men’s health issues
Goldman, Ran Department of Pediatrics Evidence to Innovation; Pediatric Research in Emergency Therapeutics (PRETx) Program
Goldowitz, Daniel Department of Medical Genetics Genetic basis of brain disease, neurobiology of autism, Huntingtong's gene, mouse/mice epigenetics, gene regulatory network
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Division of Infectious Diseases Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, development of antiretroviral therapies and management strategies
Gourlay, William Department of Urologic Sciences renal transplantation
Granville, David Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Autoimmunity; Medical molecular engineering of nucleic acids and proteins; Proteases; Granzymes; Extracellular matrix; Chronic inflammation; Aging; Disease models; Autoimmune disease; Skin; Vascular biology
Greenblatt, Ethan Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences retina, stem cells, gene therapy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, age-related macular degeneration, Stargardt’s disease, Best’s disease, x-linked retinoschisis, electroretinography., Eye, novel molcular approaches in the treatment of retinal disease, cell-based therapeutics ofr age-related macular degenration and retinitis pigmentosa, molecular defects underlying retinal disease
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Tissue fusion during development, Aniridia, retinal therapeutics
Greidanus, Nelson Department of Orthopaedics osteoarthritis and joint replacement procedures
Greyson, Devon School of Population and Public Health
Griesdale, Donald E Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine Neurocritical care, traumatic brain injury, invasive neuromonitoring, airway management
Grunau, Brian Department of Emergency Medicine Anaphylaxis and allergic reactions in the emergency department; Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, resuscitation and E-CPR; Pre-hospital care
Grunau, Ruth V Department of Pediatrics Biobehavioural regulation, brain and neurodevelopment in premature infants and children, Long-term effects of neonatal pain on stress regulation, brain, behavior, neurodevelopment, Infant pain and stress, Parenting stress, parent-infant interaction
Grzybowski, Stefan Department of Family Practice preconception care; prenatal care; rural obstetric outcomes
Gsponer, Joerg Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michael Smith Laboratories Protein-DNA, protein-RNA and protein-protein interactions

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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: Journal of Neonatal Nursing
UBC Author(s): Rajavel Elango (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13551841
Volume: 28
Page Range: 113-117
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Annals of Epidemiology
UBC Author(s): Mohammad Ehsanul Karim (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10472797
Volume: 68
Page Range: 24-31
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
UBC Author(s): Bruce Carleton (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Shubhayan Sanatani (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07533322
Volume: 148
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Current Oncology Reports
ISSN: 15233790
Volume: 24
Page Range: 437-442
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
UBC Author(s): Clare Louise Beasley (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223999
Volume: 155
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
UBC Author(s): Juanita Crook (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03603016
Volume: 112
Page Range: 1115-1122
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Health Expectations
UBC Author(s): Jennifer Tomek (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13696513
Volume: 25
Page Range: 732-743
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Health Expectations
UBC Author(s): Linda Li (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine), Catherine Backman (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13696513
Volume: 25
Page Range: 482-498
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Medicine and science in sports and exercise
UBC Author(s): Kristin Campbell (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 54
Page Range: 673-682
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Computers in Biology and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Joanne Aiko Matsubara (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00104825
Volume: 143
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: The Lancet Global Health
UBC Author(s): Michael Law (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 10
Page Range: e564-e569
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
UBC Author(s): Neal Shahidi (Division of Gastroenterology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00165107
Volume: 95
Page Range: 808-809
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Neuropsychopharmacology
UBC Author(s): Fidel Vila-Rodriguez (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0893133X
Volume: 47
Page Range: 1096-1105
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Pediatrics
UBC Author(s): Ruth V Grunau (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223476
Volume: 243
Page Range: 107-115.e4
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
UBC Author(s): Andrew Churg (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 01475185
Volume: 46
Page Range: 71-93
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
UBC Author(s): Andrew Krahn (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0828282X
Volume: 38
Page Range: 414-417
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
UBC Author(s): Andrew Krahn (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine), Anna Michelle Lehman (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine), Zachary Laksman (Divisions of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery / Faculty of Medicine), Shubhayan Sanatani (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine), Laura Arbour (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0828282X
Volume: 38
Page Range: 526-535
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Counseling and Development
UBC Author(s): David Kealy (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 07489633
Volume: 100
Page Range: 205-214
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Antibiotics
UBC Author(s): Yossef Av-Gay (Division of Infectious Diseases / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00218820
Volume: 75
Page Range: 213-225
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Addiction
UBC Author(s): Thomas Kerr (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine), Michael-John Milloy (Division of AIDS / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09652140
Volume: 117
Page Range: 986-997
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Learning Environments Research
UBC Author(s): Tal Jarus (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 13871579
Volume: 25
Page Range: 59-73
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia
UBC Author(s): Kerry Savage (Division of Medical Oncology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 21522650
Volume: 22
Page Range: e250-e260
Publication Date: April 2022

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Publication: Oncogene
UBC Author(s): Josef Penninger (Medical Genetics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 09509232
Volume: 41
Page Range: 2095-2105
Publication Date: 1 April 2022

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Publication: Medical Physics
UBC Author(s): Saraswathi Vedam (Midwifery Program / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00942405
Volume: 49
Page Range: e50-e81
Publication Date: April 2022

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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
2020 Dr. Alexander examined the molecular basis of two mechanisms of antibiotic resistance found in the bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. His characterisation of protein-antibiotic interactions using x-ray crystallography and kinetics contributes insight into how resistance occurs and could guide the development of new and improved antibiotics. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Yuen studied how the antipsychotic medication clozapine can cause unwanted changes in blood glucose and heart function. She found that the side effects can be reversed with drugs that block specific targets called adrenoceptors. Her findings provide valuable insight for clozapine to be used safely and effectively in patients with schizophrenia. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
2020 Dr. Brook studied the positive side effects of a vaccine called BCG to determine how it protects from infections, and how it can reduce newborn mortality by 50%. He discovered a new mechanism of protection, describing the essential steps needed for protection, and how protection could be enhanced. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2020 Dr. Alotaibi examined the roles of molecular targets in endometriosis cell invasion and nerve growth. He found that protein IL-1 beta enhances invasive capacity of endometriosis and is associated with nerve growth and worse sexual pain reported by patients. His findings suggest a novel therapeutic target for treatment of endometriosis related pain. Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
2020 Dr. Al Shekaili generated and characterized a novel mouse model for a human genetic disease known as pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy. The model recapitulated the human disease and uncovered new possible pathological mechanisms. The model can be used for further investigations of the disease mechanisms and to test new therapeutics. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Majewski studied the atomic structure of the bacterial type 3 secretion system, a syringe-like nanomachine used to hijack host cells. Her research has improved our understanding of how the system is assembled, creating a foundation for future drug design against pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Sawatzky-Girling studied patient and family experiences of quality improvement. Her Relational Safety Framework shows that when feeling safe and valued, people welcome connections with others, fostering trust. Appreciating these liminal and ethical implications of QI implementation is a new strategy to advance health care system improvement. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kadhim found a new role for MED15, a protein that physically links DNA to proteins which regulate gene expression. His findings suggest that MED15 is critical to make mature, insulin secreting beta cells. Understanding how and why beta cells need MED15 to develop and mature will allow new treatments for diabetes. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kolehmainen studied ketogenic diet and ketone ester supplementation as potential treatments in preclinical models of spinal cord injury. She demonstrated that a ketogenic diet can reduce certain features of inflammation underscoring the importance of nutritional interventions following spinal cord injury. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Boonpattrawong studied the impact of maternal obesity and exercise during pregnancy on the long-term health of the offspring using a mouse model. She discovered that maternal exercise improved the cardiometabolic health of the offspring and involved changes in cell-specific gene expression and DNA methylation patterns. Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)

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