Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Life Sciences
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Cell and Developmental Biology
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
 

Overview

The graduate program in Cell and Developmental Biology offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students undertaking advanced study and research in cell and developmental biology. The program is flexible and is designed to accommodate the diverse backgrounds of students and the broad nature of research in cell and developmental biology.

The program's courses provide a thorough understanding of the scientific fundamentals and methodologies of contemporary cell and developmental biology. All students also undertake original and significant research from the start of their studies. With nearly 50 faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research in cell and developmental biology, a wide range of research topics is available to students.

The program also aims to enhance linkages and facilitate research interactions between the larger community of cell and developmental biologists in British Columbia by acting as a common forum for scholarly exchange in cell and developmental biology through its student-led seminar series, research retreats and other activities.

What makes the program unique?

The Program is administered through the Life Sciences Institute (LSI), Canada's largest Institute for life science research which houses over 80 laboratories conducting internationally recognized research in areas such as cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, diabetes and microbiology & immunology.

Program faculty and students also conduct research at hospital-based research Institutes and Centres, including the BC Cancer Research Centre, the Biomedical Research Centre, the Centre for Brain Health, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics,and the Centre for Macular Research. All of these Institutes and Centres offer highly collaborative research environments and provide outstanding facilities and resources to the ~ 70 graduate students who call the program home.

Given the number of researchers associated with the program and their varied Departmental and Faculty affiliations, the potential range of research topics available to students in the Program is very large.

Minimum level of financial support for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students of $22,000 per year, with top-ups for students who receive scholarships.

 

Application Notes

Acceptance into the Program is dependent upon a prospective student getting written agreement from a Faculty member that he/she will be their Research Supervisor.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
22
22
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Career Outcomes

40 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 4 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 35 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (6)
New York University
National Tsing Hua University
University of California - San Diego
Western University (Ontario)
Simon Fraser University
Douglas College
University of Bonn
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Duke University Medical Center
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
STEMCELL Technologies (3)
National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
Lowy Medical Research Institute
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Carl Zeiss Canada Ltd.
Alberta Health Services
Cardiac Services BC
GFY Biotech Consulting
Amgen
TRI
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Director (2)
Consultant
Senior Manager, External R&D and Alliances
Postdoctoral Fellow
Manager
TV Producer
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Account Manager
Senior Associate Scientist
Scientist
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
This program underwent a name or structural change in the study time frame, and all alumni from the previous program were included in these summaries. These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

Our graduates are well-prepared and highly competitive for the next step in their careers, whether in academia or in other sectors (e.g. biotechnology, health care, government, business, finance) where an in-depth knowledge of modern cell and developmental biology is required.

Alumni on Success

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
New registrations33222
Total enrolment3134374144
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Accili, Eric (molecular mechanisms responsible for cellular pacemaking behavior )
  • Allan, Douglas (Nervous system)
  • Auld, Vanessa (development, nervous system, permeability barriers, glia , cell biology , genetics)
  • Bamji, Shernaz (synapse biology, primary neuronal cultures, transgenic models, neurodevelopmental disease)
  • Conibear, Elizabeth (Molecular pathways, cellular transportation, Alzheimer's, lysomsomal storage diseases, yeast genetics)
  • Coombs, Daniel (Mathematical biology, Cell biophysics, Immune cell signalling, Disease models)
  • Gordon, Michael (Neuroscience, Neural circuits, Sensory systems, Feeding, Taste, Gustation, Drosophila, Chemosensation)
  • Haas, Kurt (Dendritogenesis, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, neural network plasticity)
  • Hakkinen, Lari (periodontal tissues; wound healing; cell and molecular biology of wound healing and interactions of cells with extracellular matrix, Cell and Molecular Biology of Wound Healing)
  • Hammond, Geoffrey Lewis (Steroids in growth and development, reproductive health, nutrition)
  • Hoodless, Pamela (Embryology, Transcriptional regulation, Epigenetics, Heart valve formation, Liver development)
  • Johnson, James (diabetes, hormones, cell biology, signal transduction, apoptosis or programmed cell death, heart failure, heart disease, calcium signalling, pancreatic cancer, obesity, longevity, imaging, Causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes at a molecular level discovery of genes and associated gene networks linked to diabetes risk and by known risk factors that predispose individuals to diabetes)
  • Kast, Juergen (Cellular reactions and their products, to identify the proteins present in human cells, their interactions, and any modifications they may undergo )
  • Keshet, Leah (Mathematical biology, models, animal grouping, biophysics)
  • Kieffer, Tim (Diabetes)
  • Kopp, Janel (Pancreas, Pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic development, Modeling cancer)
  • Li, Xin (Molecules in plants, plants defence against pathogen infection, plant genes)
  • Loewen, Christopher (Membranes and Organelles, Lipid Signalling, Lipid Traffic, Membrane Contact Sites, Genetic Networks, Systems Biology, Super Resolution Microscopy, Cell Polarity, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi, Membrane Diffusion Barriers, Cell Biology, Autism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer Cell Metabolism)
  • Luciani, Dan (Diabetes, Pancreatic beta-cell function and failure, Mitochondrial physiology, Cell calcium signalling, Cell stress signalling, Mechanisms of cell death)
  • Lynn, Francis (diabetes, ß-cell development, ß-cell biology, Human pluripotent stem cells, CRISPR/Cas, transcriptional regulation)
  • Matsubara, Joanne Aiko (Alzheimer's, age-related macular degeneration)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Michael John Fairchild
    "Sexual reproduction requires the creation of sperm and eggs within the complex environment of the body. Dr. Fairchild investigated how specialized cells within the body form a physical architecture that guides the formation of sperm. This physical architecture is critical for the creation of sperm and consequently for the fertility of animals." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Ying Shyen Goh
    "Dr. Goh studied how organisms respond to cellular stress, an important process in disease and aging. She identified two new regulators of stress responses that are found in many animals including humans. This research may allow the identification of new therapeutic targets for cancer and other age-related diseases." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Eric Eryue Xu
    "Dr. Xu studied two genes that regulate the development of insulin producing pancreatic beta-cells. HIs findings have shown that these genes are indispensable for beta-cell development and maintenance. These results improve our understanding of how beta-cells are derived and may aid in cell generation, ultimately working towards a cure for diabetes." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Fanrui Meng
    "Dr. Meng studied caveolin-1, a cell surface protein associated with cancer. Dr. Meng identified multiple mechanisms that impact how caveolin-1 regulates cancer cell adhesion and migration. This is important for understanding how caveolin-1 promotes cancer and potentially for how it can be targeted for cancer therapy." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Paul Vincent Sabatini
    "Dr. Sabatini examined the dynamics and mechanism governing the expression of the transcription factor Npas4 within pancreatic beta cells. Additionally, he explored how NPAS4 impacts beta cell function and glucose homoeostasis." (November 2016)

Further Program Information

 
 

September 2017 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2016
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 June 2017
International Applicant Deadline
28 February 2017

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