Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)

Quick Facts

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

Overview

The UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a remarkable opportunity to study with numerous world renowned faculty and research programs. We are recognized as national and international leaders in both basic and clinical research. Experimental Pathology refers to research in any area of biomedical investigation that is relevant to human disease. Since it is necessary to understand the normal working of the system to fully define the changes associated with disease, the areas represented at UBC cover a wide range of fields and approaches. Work at all levels of biological organization is involved, from protein to lipoprotein biochemistry and molecular biology through cell and tumour biology, animal models for studies on pulmonary and cardiovascular pathophysiology and viral and bacterial infection processes, to clinical studies on human population and the AIDS epidemic.

We train students with varied backgrounds in science and medicine including: biochemistry, physiology, cell biology and microbiology/immunology.

We are committed to effective, cutting-edge, ethical research. The results of which will reach beyond the academic realm to effect positive change in the lives of our families, communities and, ultimately, our world.

 

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

GRE required?

Required by some applicants (check program website)

Career Outcomes

85 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 8 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 76 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 (15)
McGill University (2)
University of Oslo
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Langara College
Queensland Medical Research Institute
University Hospital of Geneva
Gulbenkian Institute of Science
University of North Dakota
Harvard University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
STEMCELL Technologies (2)
BC Centre for Disease Control (2)
NO
Dorsey & Whitney
Network Immunology Inc.
PROOF Centre of Excellence
Panagin Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Tekmire Pharmaceutical Corporation
Therapeutic Effectiveness and Policy Bureau
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Scientist (5)
Senior Scientist (3)
Postdoctoral Fellow (2)
Medical Science Liaison (2)
Research Scientist (2)
Research Associate (2)
Research Specialist
Science Director
Researcher, Pathologist
Biomarker Program Manager
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.
Career Options

An Experimental Pathology degree opens up a world of opportunities. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of our program, graduates are working on research all over the world that is personalized to their interests. Our alumni have gone on to become national and international opinion leaders, valued staff researchers and administrators in academia or the biotechnology industry, studied clinical medicine or dived into the venture capital and equities domain.

Alumni on Success

Xin Ye

Job Title
Research Scientist
Employer
Arbutus Biopharma Inc.

Erin Tranfield

Job Title
Head of the Electron Microscopy Facility
Employer
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

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)$899.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,453.00 (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

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Applications 10 9 4 18 12
Offers 4 5 2 7 5
New registrations 4 4 2 6 2
Total enrolment 47 49 49 51 51

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 86% based on 22 students admitted between 2003 - 2006. Based on 9 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 3.66 years and the maximum time is 6.16 years with an average of 4.98 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: 8 April 2016]. 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: 8 April 2016].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 9:00am - Dorothy Lam Boardroom,BC Cancer Research Centre,675 West 10th Avenue

Anja Mottok
Characterization of Genomic Alterations in CIITA and Their Functional and Clinical Implications in Malignant Lymphomas

Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 9:00am - Room 1416, Life Sciences Institute , 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T

Kyle Aaron Burrows
Regulation of Intestinal Immune Responses by the Retinoic Acid Inducible Transcription Factor HIC1

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.

  • Aparicio, Samuel (Breast cancer, genome sequencing )
  • Bally, Marcel Bertran (Pancreas centre)
  • Black, Peter (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (especially equality rights); Canadian human rights legislation )
  • Brooks, Donald (microgravity research (space station, etc); diagnostic testing device; Centre for Blood Research; biomaterials, Organic chem, blood research)
  • Churg, Andrew (Lung disease)
  • Cimolai, Nevio (Infection control, ethics in hospital administration and public medical institutions)
  • Cote, Helene (HIV Infection, blood research, infectious diseases)
  • Devine, Dana Virginia (Biochemistry, blood regulation, platelet biology)
  • Devlin, Angela (obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming)
  • Dorovini-Zis, Katerina (Biology and pathology of the blood-brain barrier, neuroinflammation)
  • Gantt, Soren (cytomegalovirus, Burkitt’s lymphoma, Cytomegalovirus, epstein-barr virus, herpes simplex virus, congenital infection, newborn infection, Burkitt)
  • Gilks, Cyril Blake (Pancreas centre)
  • Granville, David (Apoptosis, cell death, necrosis, cell biology, cardiovascular injury mechanisms, ischemia, reperfusion, heart, atherosclerosis, heart transplant, oxidative stress, reactive oxygen, photodynamic therapy, cytochrome p450, caspase, mitochondria, Skin injury mechanisms, aging and neurodegenerative disease, cardiovascular and pulmonary, dermatology, infectious diseases, molecular pathology, atherosclerosis in animal models)
  • Huntsman, David (hereditary cancer, molecular pathology, cancer biomarkers, Pancreas centre)
  • Karsan, Aly (Myelodysplatic syndromes, myeloid malignancies, innate immune signaling in vascular hematopoietic function, genomics for clinical diagnostics)
  • Kelly, Niamh (science education from pre-school to university, balancing family and professional life, women in science, Children and babies, education, health care)
  • Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran (Polymers, Biomaterials, Blood Coagulation, Macromolecular Therapeutics, Iron Chelators, Thrombosis, Cell-surface Engineering, Proteomics Tools, Implants and Medical Devices)
  • Krajden, Mel (Infectious diseases, cancer hepatitis prevention and care, human papillomavirus HPV, HIV and hepatitis C virus)
  • Krystal, Gerald (Blood research, immunology, inflammation, effect of diet on cancer )
  • Ling, Victor (Resistance to anticancer drugs, glycoprotein, chemotherapy, proteins )

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Gabriel Kar-bow Fung
    "Dr. Fung investigated the interplay between cellular stress responses and coxsackievirus B3 infection. He showed a mechanism by which viral infection disrupts host immune stress response mechanisms to support viral replication and disease progression. This research illuminates underlying mechanisms that contribute to virus-induced diseases such as viral cardiomyopathy." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Jaques Alexander Courtade
    "Dr. Courtade's doctoral studies focused on the processing of hormones in the pancreas. He developed an assay to detect a novel hormone precursor in humans, and modeled his findings in rodent models of diabetes. His research increases our understanding of hormone function in the pancreas during the healthy and diabetic state." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Ada Wai Yin Leung
    "Dr. Leung identified a gene that can be targeted to improve the effectiveness of multiple standard chemotherapeutics in lung cancer cells without affecting normal lung cells. Targeting this protein in combination with existing drugs should enhance treatment outcomes in cancer patients." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Jacob Rozmus
    "Dr. Rozmus discovered new inherited immunodeficiencies. He also showed how these discoveries lead to successful clinical interventions and provided insights into the normal function of the immune system and disease mechanisms." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Melissa Beth Glier
    "Dr. Glier investigated the role of methyl metabolism in obesity-related heart disease. She discovered that disturbances in methyl metabolism contribute to obesity-related changes in cardiac energy metabolism and function. Her research provides insight into molecular mechanisms linking obesity and the development of heart disease." (May 2016)

Sample Thesis Submissions

 

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September 2017 Intake

Application Open Date
03 January 2017
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
26 June 2017
International Applicant Deadline
02 April 2017

January 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
03 April 2017
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
30 October 2017
International Applicant Deadline
22 September 2017

May 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
25 September 2017
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
26 February 2018
International Applicant Deadline
29 December 2017

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