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Dr Connor Forbes graduated from UBC Medicine and completed his residency in Urology at UBC. His fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre was a combined research and clinical fellowship including subspecialty training in Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), Kidney Stones, and advanced minimally invasive surgical approaches to upper and lower tract urologic diseases.
Dr Forbes' primary research interests are in the pathophysiology, treatment, and patient experience of Benign Prostate Hyperplasia and Kidney Stones. He is integrated within the Vancouver Prostate Centre, leveraging world class facilities and infrastructure into the Benign Prostate Hyperplasia space, including large biobanks and translational basic science evaluating growth pathways in the prostate with an ultimate goal of prognostication, targeted therapy, and personalized medicine. Additional basic science interests include the prevention and treatment of infections in kidney stones, and he works closely with Drs Dirk Lange and Ben Chew on this front in the Stone Centre research group and internationally as a member of the EDGE research consortium.
Clinically, Dr Forbes provides expertise in BPH including medical management, TURP, HoLEP, UroLift, iTind, MISTs, and Robotic approaches. Dr Forbes treats the spectrum of Kidney Stone disease with Shockwave Lithotripsy, Ureterorenoscopy, and Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL). He has specialized training in Minimally Invasive Surgery for Upper Tract urologic issues including robotic approaches for Kidney Cancer, Stricture Disease including complex reconstruction, and others.
The ideal applicant will have interest in molecular pathways of the prostate, with a focus on identifying targets of interest for drug discovery. My laboratory uses both biobanked prostate tissue and an organoid model of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia to look for overlapping changes in prostate growth using a multi-omic approach. My laboratory is integrated in the Vancouver Prostate Centre and leverages the considerable expertise and abilities of this Centre to advance our translational goals.
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.