The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities.  It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Prostate cancer is the leading cancer in BC men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. By understanding the reasons for treatment resistance in advanced prostate cancer and translating that into new products and treatments, the Vancouver Prostate Centre is focused on improving longevity and quality of life for patients in BC, and around the world.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Abolmaesumi, Purang Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; Artificial Intelligence; Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Technologies; Cancer Imaging; Computer Assisted Interventions; Image Guided Surgery; Machine Learning; Medical Imaging; Surgical Robotics; Ultrasound Imaging
Aparicio, Samuel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Breast cancer, genome sequencing
Bally, Marcel Bertran Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pancreas centre
Black, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (especially equality rights); Canadian human rights legislation
Cherkasov, Artem Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Drug design; Bioinformatics, Molecular modeling; Proteomics; Artificial intelligence; Antibiotics
Chew, Ben Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) 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.
Chi, Kim Nguyen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Thrombosis in cancer patients, methemoglobinemia, hemolysis, anticancer drugs, prostate cancer, chemotherapy, cell cancer, breast cancer
Collins, Colin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) translational genomics where mathematics, genomics, computer science, and clinical science converge in diagnostics and therapeutics
Cox, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) genetic testing, experiences of hereditary risk, social and ethical implications of genetics, interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, narrative and story, Prostate cancer
Daugaard, Mads Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cancer progression and metastasis; Mechanisms of carcinogenesis; Cancer Diagnosis and Detection; Cancer biology; Cancer diagnostics; Cancer therapy; Cell Signaling and Cancer; Cell Therapy of Cancer; Chemotherapy; DNA damage response pathways; glycobiology; Immunotherapy; Radiotherapy; Cell stress and Cancer; Cell stress signalling in cancer
Dedhar, Shoukat Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) molecular biology, molecular biology as it relates to disease; developing new theraputics for cancer; how brain cells (neurons)make connections, therapeutics for cancer; molecular genetics and cancer; medical research, cancer, inflammatory diseases, cariovascular diseases, Cellular proteins, extracellular martrix, integrins, signal transduction, calreticulin, protein kinase, gene expression, cell differentiation
Dong, Xuesen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cancer progression and metastasis; Gene and molecular therapy; Prostate Cancer; RNA splicing and Gene Regulation; Drug development; Hormone Dependent Cancers; Endocrine Regulation; Premature Labour
Flannigan, Ryan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) evaluating genetic and molecular mechanisms contributing to non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA)
Forbes, Connor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Urology; Other basic medicine and life sciences; Drug discovery, design and delivery; Endourology; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia; Kidney stones; Translational research
Gleave, Martin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Infectious diseases, interdisciplinary oncology, prostate
Goldenberg, S Larry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) prostate cancer, men’s health issues
Hach, Faraz Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cancer; Algorithms and computational genomics; Computational Genomics; biomolecular sequence analysis
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Iron transport molecules
Kozlowski, Piotr Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) development and application of MRI techniques to study pre-clinical models of human diseases with specific focus on cancer and spinal cord injuries; development of the multi-parametric MRI techniques for prostate cancer diagnosis in the clinical setting.
Lange, Dirk Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ureteral stents; antifouling coatings; antimicrobial coatings; device complications
Ma, Hongshen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Microfluidics; Instrumentation; Cell Sorting; Cell Biomechanics; Circulating Tumor Cells; Malaria and Red Blood Cell Deformability; Single Cell Technologies; Cell Migration and Chemotaxis
McMaster, W Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular Immunology
Mui, Alice Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Inflammatory Signalling Pathways
Nguan, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Urology; Computer engineering; Civil engineering, n.e.c.; Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics); Medical devices; Artificial tissues engineering; Biomedical robotics; Image guided surgery systems; Applied immunology (including antibody engineering, xenotransplantation and t-cell therapies); Transplantation immunology; kidney transplantation; patient reported outcomes; medical apps for mobile health; machine learning analytics of medical imaging; machine learning analytics of complex medical data outcomes; Robotics; quality in healthcare; environmental impact of healthcare; Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Ong, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Prostate cancer growth; Treatment resistance; Cell signalling pathways; SEMA3C
Overall, Christopher Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Blood research, antiviral immunity
Roberts, Morgan Faculty (non-G+PS member) Tumour immunology; Applied immunology (including antibody engineering, xenotransplantation and t-cell therapies); Solid cancer tumours; Immunology; Bladder cancer; Immuno-oncology; Sex differences in cancer immunobiology
Rohling, Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical biotechnology; ultrasound; Robotics
Salcudean, Tim Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomedical technologies, Haptic interfaces, teleoperation and simulators, medical robotics, imaging and interfaces, optimization-based design, prostate cancer
Somasekharan, Syam Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cancer, n.e.c.; Cell biology, n.e.c.; RNA Biology; Cell Biology; molecular biology; Biomolecular Condensates; Nucleolus; mRNA Translation; Liquid-liquid Phase Separation
Sorensen, Poul Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Childhood cancer cells, genomic science
Wang, Yuzhuo Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clinical oncology; Prostate Cancer; Modeling the Progression of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer; Tumor dormancy; Anti-Cancer Drug Development
Wyatt, Alexander Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; Prostate Cancer; Circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA); Bladder cancer; Precision oncology; Clinical trials; Bioinformatics; Cancer Genomics; Cell-Free DNA (cfDNA); Correlative science; Liquid biopsy
Zoubeidi, Amina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Drug resistance in prostate cancer, androgen receptor activity, phenotypic plasticity, enzalutamide