Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

Overview

Experimental Medicine is the study of the pathogenesis and treatment of disease. Modern experimental medicine represents a rapidly growing body of knowledge involving the determination of diseases processes and the development of appropriate therapies.

The Experimental Medicine Program is intended for individuals seeking a career in research. The Department of Medicine offers opportunities and facilities for advanced studies in Experimental medicine, leading toward the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Members of the Department direct research programs in a wide range of basic and clinically relevant areas. There are a variety of special interest areas of national and international stature. Specialties within the Experimental Medicine Program include: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Medical Immunology, Medical Oncology, Molecular Biology, Nephrology, Neurology and Respiratory Medicine.

The principal emphasis of this graduate program is training in research. Success at this level is traditionally measured by the preparation and defense of a thesis. Course work is required of all students, based on the background of the candidate and the degree program. The work of each Ph.D. candidate will be supervised by a candidate’s Committee consisting of not fewer than three members. These may include faculty members from a department other than that in which the candidate is writing the thesis. 

Quick Facts

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

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Graduate Student Housing Info Session

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Date: Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Time: 15:30 to 16:30
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Application Notes

Applicants are not required to have a supervisor at the time of applying, but the application won't be reviewed until they secure a supervisor and all required paperwork is submitted.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

96
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

Prior degree requirements

Ph.D. applicants must have completed a M.Sc. degree. In exceptional cases, applicants who have first class marks in their bachelor studies, may apply directly to the Ph.D. program but will need to complete coursework.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

January 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
19 February 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 October 2018
Transcript Deadline: 31 October 2018
Referee Deadline: 31 October 2018
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 10 August 2018
Transcript Deadline: 31 August 2018
Referee Deadline: 31 August 2018

May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
11 July 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 31 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 October 2018
Transcript Deadline: 31 October 2018
Referee Deadline: 31 October 2018

July 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
11 July 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 March 2019
Transcript Deadline: 31 March 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 March 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 31 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2019

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
28 August 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 May 2019
Transcript Deadline: 31 May 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 May 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 February 2019
Transcript Deadline: 28 February 2019
Referee Deadline: 28 February 2019

Funding Sources

Successful applicants who will start the Ph.D. program and who do not hold a major scholarship, will receive a minimum stipend of $18,000 per year from their supervisor.
 

Career Outcomes

124 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 16 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 107 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 (30)
Stanford University (4)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (2)
University of Toronto (2)
Universite de Montreal (2)
University of Alberta
Emory University
McGill University
University of Cambridge
China Medical University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
AstraZeneca (3)
Takeda Canada Inc. (2)
Vancouver Coastal Health (2)
STEMCELL Technologies (2)
Pfizer (2)
Provincial Health Services Authority (2)
Omniox Inc.
Vancouver General Hospital
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Epidemico
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Medical Science Liaison (4)
Postdoctoral Fellow (4)
Research Associate (3)
Senior Scientist (3)
Research Scientist (3)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2)
Epidemiologist (2)
Associate Research Scientist
Director of Business Development
Technology Specialist
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
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.

Alumni on Success

Kevin Johns

Job Title
Medical Science Liaison
Employer
AstraZeneca Canada

Poh Tan

Job Title
Founder and CEO
Employer
Innoguidance Consulting

Marc Sze

Job Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
Employer
University of Michigan

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (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

 20172016201520142013
Applications3614162429
Offers2010141427
New registrations1510121224
Total enrolment123126138152141

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 76.47% based on 34 students admitted between 2004 - 2007. Based on 30 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 2.99 years and the maximum time is 7.66 years with an average of 5.24 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 - 1:30pm - 3113, CMMT BC Children's Hospital, 950 W 28TH AVE, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H4

Romy Eleonora Hoeppli
Tailoring the Migration Capacity of Regulatory T Cells to Enhance Their Efficacy as a Cellular Therapy

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.

  • Afshar, Kourosh (Genital reconstruction and pediatric renal transplant)
  • Aparicio, Samuel (Breast cancer, genome sequencing )
  • Ashe, Maureen (Rehabilitation Care and Services, Social Aspects of Aging, Health Care Technologies, Osteoporosis, older adults, physical activity, tele-rehabilitation, systematic reviews, fracture, built environment)
  • Av-Gay, Yossef (Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Drug discovery, Macrophage biology, Tuberculosis)
  • Avina Zubieta, Juan Antonio (Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (SARDs); Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE); Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA); Long term effectiveness; Multivariate analyses; Outcomes assessment; Pharmaco-epidemiology)
  • Ayas, Najib (Public health and afety consequences of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation)
  • Beristain, Alexander Guillermo (Healthy Starts; cellular and molecular processes that direct trophoblast cell biology in early placental development; Examining the A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase (ADAM) family in trophoblast biology; Examining the effects of obesity-associated inflammation on the maternal-fetal interface; Identifying gene expression differences in subpopulations of trophoblasts in normal and pathological pregnancies )
  • Blydt-Hansen, Tom (Childhood Diseases; Pediatric kidney transplant; Injury phenotype; Rejection; Biomarkers; Metabolomics; Chemokines)
  • Boyd, John (The cross-application of techniques from cardiovascular physiology and immunology has resulted in exciting discoveries, including proving for the first time that stimulation of Toll-Like Receptors expressed by cardiac myocytes resulted in cardiac contractile dysfunction)
  • Brauer, Michael (Environmental Health, Community Health / Public Health, air pollution, environmental health, built environment, environmental epidemiology, remote sensing)
  • Brunham, Liam (Genetic Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Lipid Disorders, Stem Cells and Organogenesis)
  • Brussoni, Mariana (injury prevention, accident prevention, fathering, risk-taking )
  • Bryan, Stirling (Economics of health care, policy, from UK)
  • Buttyan, Ralph (Kidneys, Urinary System, Benign Bladder Dysfunctions)
  • Carleton, Bruce (Pharmacogenomics, Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), Drug safety and effectiveness, Clinical pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance)
  • Carlsten, Christopher (Environment and Respiratory Diseases)
  • Cashman, Neil (prion disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, protein misfolding diseases, Alzheimer's)
  • Cherkasov, Artem (Drug design; Bioinformatics, Molecular modeling; Proteomics; Artificial intelligence; Antibiotics )
  • Chew, Ben (how kidney stones form and in particular intestinal absorption of minerals that can form kidney stones (calcium and oxalate); genetically modifying bacteria normally used to make yogurt to express a naturally occurring enzyme that breaks down oxalate, thus preventing its absorption into the body where it can combine with calcium to form kidney stones.)
  • Christenson, James (Resuscitation, sudden cardiac death, chain of survival, out of hospital cardiac arrest, emergency medical services)
  • Cibere, Jolanda (Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, early osteoarthritis, magnetic resonance imaging in osteoarthritis, biomarkers in osteoarthritis, progression of early osteoarthritis, clinical detection of early osteoarthritis)
  • Conway, Edward (Translational research, blood, hemostasis-thrombosis, transfusion, coagulation, hematology, transgenic mice, vascular biology, endothelial, immunity, bleeding, thrombosis, arthritis, Coagulation, innate immunity, endothelial medicine, inflammation, cardiovascular disease)
  • Cox, Michael (genetic testing, experiences of hereditary risk, social and ethical implications of genetics, interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, narrative and story, Prostate cancer)
  • Daley, Denise (Complex Trait Genetics, Genetic Diseases, Asthma, Susceptibility Genes, Genetics of Aging, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, epigenetics, gene-gene and gene-environment interactions)
  • Daugaard, Mads (Cell Signaling and Cancer, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Stress and Cancer, Immunotherapy, Cell Therapy of Cancer, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Cancer biology, Glycobiology, DNA damage response pathways, Cancer therapy, Cancer diagnostics, Stress signalling in cancer, Immunotherapy)

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Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Bernard Chun-Yeu Kan
    "Dr. Kan examined why babies that are born prematurely are more vulnerable to infections. His findings show that immune cells in these infants have reduced metabolic function and are unable to fully react to infections. These findings may eventually be used to develop treatments that prevent infections in these vulnerable babies" (May 2018)
  • Dr. Ali Farrokhi
    "Dr. Farrokhi studied the field of wound healing for the development of non-rejectable wound coverage. He devised a skin substitute using a novel method to remove cells from skin while keeping the structural components in the skin scaffold relatively intact. This work has significant application in the treatment of burn injuries and chronic wounds." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Shelly Benjaminy
    "How can we promote informed hope as new research transitions from the bench to the bedside? Dr. Benjaminy explored the ethical challenges in the development of novel biotechnologies for degenerative diseases of the brain. This research integrates the voices of patients, clinicians, and the media to further inform the development of stem cell research in a socially minded way." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Lucie Marie Agnes Colineau
    "Leishmania is a disease that affects 6 million people worldwide. Dr. Colineau studied the interaction of the leishmania parasite with its white blood cell host and identified two proteins that promote parasite intracellular survival. This research could one day lead to the development of new drugs to treat leishmania infection." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Young Woong Kim
    "Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose caused by a virus or allergies. Dr. Kim developed a gene signature approach to investigate the pathophysiological systemic immune responses in peripheral blood collected from patients with allergic rhinitis. This research may be useful to study allergic rhinitis and test the therapeutics to improve treatment." (May 2018)

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January 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
19 February 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 October 2018
International Applicant Deadline
10 August 2018

May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
11 July 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 October 2018

July 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
11 July 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 March 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
28 August 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 May 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 February 2019

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