Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)


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.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy
Life Sciences
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Program Components
Faculty of Medicine

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IELTS Overall Score Requirement


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GRE required?

Required by some applicants (check program website)

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

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)
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
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
Arbutus Biopharma Inc.

Erin Tranfield

Job Title
Head of the Electron Microscopy Facility
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$1,632.61$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)$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

New registrations13442
Total enrolment4146474949

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 87.5% based on 16 students admitted between 2004 - 2007. Based on 12 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 3.66 years and the maximum time is 7.00 years with an average of 5.44 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
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

Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 10:30am - Room 3113, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, 938 West 18th Avenue, Vancouver

Kevin Chung-Hua Tsai
Shaping of the T Cell Repertoire by Self and Foreign Antigens

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.

  • Allard, Michael (Control of energy metabolism in normal and pathologic hearts; Physiologic and Pathologic Cardiac hypertrophy; Contribution of Metabolism to myocardial dysfunction after ischemia and reperfusion, especially in the setting of cardiac hypertrophy; Cardiovascular Pathology)
  • Aparicio, Samuel (Breast cancer, genome sequencing )
  • Bally, Marcel Bertran (Pancreas centre)
  • Bennewith, Kevin (Oncology; Molecular Pathology & Cell Biology; Cancer research; Solid tumour microenvironment; Hypoxia; Metastasis research; Pre-metastatic niche; Targeting hypoxic tumour cells in therapy; Radiation biology)
  • 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)
  • Daugaard, Mads (Cancer biology, Glycobiology, DNA damage response pathways, Cancer therapy, Cancer diagnostics, Stress signalling in cancer, Immunotherapy)
  • Devine, Dana Virginia (Biochemistry, blood regulation, platelet biology)
  • Devlin, Angela (obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming)
  • Gantt, Soren (cytomegalovirus, Burkitt’s lymphoma, Cytomegalovirus, epstein-barr virus, herpes simplex virus, congenital infection, newborn infection, Burkitt)
  • Gilks, Cyril Blake (gynecological cancer diagnosis)
  • Granville, David (Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular Matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease 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 )
  • Lam, Wan (Cancer progression; Genome biology; Epigenetics; Molecular Systems Biology; Lung Cancer; Technology Development)
  • Lange, Philipp (pediatric cancer, post translational protein modification)
  • Laule, Cornelia (magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases)
  • Ling, Victor (Resistance to anticancer drugs, glycoprotein, chemotherapy, proteins )


Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Kyle Aaron Burrows
    "Dr. Burrows identified and characterized a vitamin A responsive transcription factor expressed in immune cells of the intestine and uncovered its role in the development of inflammatory bowel disease." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Sarah Melonie Fernando
    "Dr. Fernando investigated the role of extracellular vesicles in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. Her findings revealed that specific vesicle populations are capable of transmitting protein misfolding to recipient cells. This research provides novel evidence for the role of extracellular vesicles in human ALS disease." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Ye Qiu
    "Dr. Qiu studied the interplay of heart cells and coxsackievirus B3, a virus causing lethal heart diseases. He clarified the modulation and role of two cardiac proteins in supporting viral survival. His research advances our understanding of viral infection in the heart and provides potential drug targets for the treatment of infectious heart diseases." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Rolinda Louise Raphaelle Carter
    "Blood clots affect millions of people every day. Through her research, Dr. Carter identified a novel mechanism by which new generation anticoagulants enhance the breakdown of clots. Her findings are of particular interest in the treatment of thrombosis." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Christa Klein-Bosgoed
    "Dr. Klein-Bosgoed studied protein synthesis in anucleate blood platelets. She investigated a technology based on UV light and vitamin B2 that is designed to kill potential pathogens in blood products. Her findings will lead to the advancement of blood safety in transfusion medicine." (November 2017)

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May 2018 Intake

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

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
29 June 2018
International Applicant Deadline
06 April 2018

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