There are currently no disease-modifying therapies for 2.5 million Canadians suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The aim of The UBC Airway Centre is to address the growing burden of COPD and other airway conditions in BC and elsewhere by finding better diagnostics and therapies for patients.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Cheung, Karen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; additive manufacturing; BioMEMS; Biomedical Technologies; biosensors; microfluidics; neural interfaces; organ-on-chip; Tissue Engineering
Dorscheid, Delbert Richard Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asthma, Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases, Respiratory System
Feng, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Chemical engineering; Mathematics and statistics; Biophysics; Complex fluids; Fluid mechanics; Mathematical biology
Fitzgerald, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) asthma; tuberculosis:outcomes evaluation;clinical trials, Epidemiology
Hackett, Tillie-Louise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular determinants of COPD, small airway obstruction, angiotensin signalling, defective airway epithelial differentiation in asthma, human lung cell repository
Leipsic, Jonathon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diagnostic performance and radiation reduction as well as CT to guide minimally invasive valve intervention
Li, Shyh-Dar Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); biopharmaceutics; drug delivery; nanomedicine; pharmaceutics
Lim, Chinten James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cell Signaling and Cancer; Leukemia; Immunotherapy; Chemotherapy; tumour cell biology; mechanisms of drug resistance; integrin cell adhesion and migration; tumour microenvironment; pediatric oncology
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
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cellular immunology; Regenerative medicine (including stem cells and tissue engineering); Stem Cells; Immunology; Inflammation; Mouse models of human disease; Tissue degeneration/regeneration; Cancer; innate immune response; kidney function; Biologics and therapeutics
Ng, Raymond Tak-yan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Data mining and analysis, health informatics, text summarization, text mining
Sadatsafavi, Mohsen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Respiratory diseases; Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Respiratory Research
Sin, Donald Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) CODP (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Tam, Roger Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Medical and biomedical engineering; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Biomedical Informatics; Biomedical Technologies; Computer Science and Statistics; Data Analytics; Expert Systems; Imaging; Machine Learning; Neurodegenerative diseases; Precision Medicine; Radiology; Shape Recognition and Computer Graphics
Tebbutt, Scott Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genomics and Proteomics; Asthma; Heart Transplantation; Complex Trait Genetics; Fungal Infections; Occupational Lung Diseases; Dual organism molecular interaction (fungal spores & human airway epithelium); Early and late reactions in allergic asthma and rhinitis; Diagnostics of acute heart rejection; Neonatal vaccine immunogenicity; Systems biology, biomarkers & bioinformatics