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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
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, Jagbir Division of Nephrology Kidney transplantation; Organ donation; Clinical epidemiology
Gill, Sharlene Division of Medical Oncology Colorectal cancer, hepatobiliary malignancies, pancreatic cancer, phase II/III clinical trials, health outcomes research
Gleave, Martin Department of Urologic Sciences Infectious diseases, interdisciplinary oncology, prostate
Glegg, Stephanie Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Child Development; Children's Health; Developmental Disabilities; Exercise for Children; Health services research; Opioid Abuse and Addiction; rehabilitation; Translational Medical Research; Knowledge translation
Godolphin, William
Goerges, Matthias Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Electronic health (e-Health); Health information systems (including surveillance); Expert systems technologies in artificial intelligence; Anesthesiology; Medical devices; Human-computer systems and interface; Bio-signal processing and analysis; Digital health; predictive analytics; decision support systems; Critical Care Medicine; Biomedical Technologies; Health Care Technologies; Human Computer Interaction and Design; Medical informatics; Software Development; patient-oriented research; Data sharing / open data
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
Gonzalez-Montaner, Julio Sergio Division of Infectious Diseases Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, development of antiretroviral therapies and management strategies
Goto, Hannah ,
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
Gray, Briony
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 Health-related information practices of youth, parents, and families; Intersection between information practices and health behavior,; Cannabis use decision making in pregnancy and lactation; Vaccine confidence and decision making about vaccination; Disinformation in social media support communities; Online communication among young parents
Griesdale, Donald E Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Department of Medicine Neurocritical care, traumatic brain injury, invasive neuromonitoring, airway management
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
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
Grzybowski, Stefan Department of Family Practice preconception care; prenatal care; rural obstetric outcomes

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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: BMJ open
UBC Author(s): Kishore Mulpuri (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 14
Page Range: e079836
Publication Date: 8 March 2024

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Publication: JBJS Reviews
UBC Author(s): Kelly Lefaivre (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 23299185
Volume: 12
Publication Date: 6 March 2024

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Publication: Science translational medicine
UBC Author(s): Tom Blydt-Hansen (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 16
Page Range: eabm2090
Publication Date: 6 March 2024

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Andrew Roth (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 121
Publication Date: 5 March 2024

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Publication: The Journal of general physiology
UBC Author(s): David Fedida (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 156
Publication Date: 4 March 2024

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Publication: JAMA network open
UBC Author(s): Joseph Kuruthukulangare (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 7
Page Range: e241651
Publication Date: 4 March 2024

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
UBC Author(s): Ian Pike (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 08445621
Volume: 56
Page Range: 109-116
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
UBC Author(s): Joseph Puyat (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 10499091
Volume: 41
Page Range: 329-339
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Pediatrics
UBC Author(s): Steven Miller (Pediatrics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00223476
Volume: 266
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: SSM - Population Health
UBC Author(s): Joseph Puyat (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine), Martin Guhn (Human Early Learning Partnership / Faculty of Medicine), Anne Gadermann (Human Early Learning Partnership / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 25
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Canadian Urological Association Journal
UBC Author(s): Alan So (Urologic Sciences / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19116470
Volume: 18
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Annals of Neurology
UBC Author(s): Helen Tremlett (Division of Neurology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03645134
Volume: 95
Page Range: 487-494
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
UBC Author(s): Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 1936878X
Volume: 17
Page Range: 345-347
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: The Lancet Digital Health
UBC Author(s): Sophia Frangou (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 6
Page Range: e211-e221
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Arthritis Care and Research
UBC Author(s): Juan Antonio Avina Zubieta (Rheumatology Division / Faculty of Medicine), Diane Lacaille (Rheumatology Division / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 2151464X
Volume: 76
Page Range: 426-436
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
UBC Author(s): Jonathon Leipsic (Radiology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 1936878X
Volume: 17
Page Range: 298-300
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Global Spine Journal
UBC Author(s): Charles Fisher (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 21925682
Volume: 14
Page Range: 420-428
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Diabetes care
UBC Author(s): Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 47
Page Range: 501-507
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Fertility and Sterility
UBC Author(s): Gillian Hanley (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine), Jessica McAlpine (Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 00150282
Volume: 121
Page Range: 531-539
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Gerontology
UBC Author(s): Maureen Ashe (Family Practice / Faculty of Medicine), Stirling Bryan (School of Population and Public Health / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 0304324X
Volume: 70
Page Range: 235-240
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Spine Journal
UBC Author(s): Charles Fisher (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 15299430
Volume: 24
Page Range: 424-434
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Cartilage
UBC Author(s): Alastair Younger (Orthopaedics / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 19476035
Volume: 15
Page Range: 65-71
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: European Urology
UBC Author(s): Juanita Crook (Surgery / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 03022838
Volume: 85
Page Range: 257-273
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Current opinion in supportive and palliative care
UBC Author(s): Kristin Campbell (Physical Therapy / Faculty of Medicine)
Volume: 18
Page Range: 22-26
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
UBC Author(s): Lakshmi Yatham (Psychiatry / Faculty of Medicine)
ISSN: 02681315
Volume: 39
Page Range: 82-92
Publication Date: 1 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 Dr. Eskandari showed that CASPASE-3, which is an enzyme known for its role in mediating cell death, has pro-survival roles in human mammary cells. This research assist us in understanding the mechanisms of cancer cell survival, and can help improve treatments for breast cancer therapy. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Saleem studied home oxygen therapy in interstitial lung disease. He developed a scoring system to predict low blood oxygen, analyzed prescription criteria for oxygen worldwide, identified countries lacking access to oxygen, and determined the costs for this therapy. His research will help identify public health needs related to home oxygen. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Hasbullah investigated the role of specific gene variants that increases the risk of patients developing heart failure after treatment from certain chemotherapy drugs. His research identified critical biological pathways that can cause this toxicity and demonstrated how drugs that modulate these pathways can prevent this adverse drug reaction. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Kim studied movement disorders in precariously housed and homeless people. He found that substance use and psychosis were differentially associated with movement disorders, and that parkinsonism rapidly increased over time. His research helps increase awareness of movement disorders in at-risk groups, especially during the overdose crisis. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Sharafian studied T cell development in infants, focusing on the physiological effects of T cells on the intestinal organoid model. She found that T cells induce the proliferation and differentiation of the infant's intestinal epithelial cells. Her work has potential implications for therapeutic advancements in infant intestinal diseases. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Translational approaches to restoring autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
2023 Dr. Virk adapted a self-administered mental health screening instrument for post-secondary students (called HEARTSMAP-U). He applied a user-centred approach and engaged diverse student sub-populations in validating the instrument, to ensure it can be accurately and equitably applied in post-secondary educational settings. Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
2023 Dr. Tan developed a novel oncogene-induced de novo model of triple negative human breast cancer by forcing the expression of various mutant genes in normal human mammary cells. It offers a powerful platform to analyze the complete sequence of changes that lead to the genesis of aggressive breast cancers and hence test new therapeutic strategies. Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang studied the biological process that regulates the cells that give rise to different types of white blood cells in humans. She found these cells proliferate at a faster speed at an early step of their differentiation. In addition, the generation of lymphocytes is dependent on a mechanism that controls how their genomic DNA is organized. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang examined how the drug mefenamic acid affects the delayed cardiac rectifier current revealing a drug binding site. In neuroscience, she identified aberrant forelimb motor behavior and cortical changes in a Huntington Disease mouse model. This research revealed the importance of multiple techniques in therapeutic development. Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)

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