Department of Medical Genetics

The Department of Medical Genetics Graduate Program is a leading program that attracts students from all over Canada and the world. The Program offers Master’s and Doctoral programs that take place in Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable cities, at locations affiliated with the University of British Columbia, an institution which is consistently ranked among the world’s best universities.

Faculty members in the Department of Medical Genetics are at the forefront of their fields, employing cutting edge genetic, epigenetic, genomic and bioinformatic methodologies to gain insight into diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, neurodegenerative and neurological disorders, and other genetic diseases. Researchers in the Department are highly interactive and collaborate with local, national, and international colleagues, which further enriches the research experience for trainees.

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.


Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Arbour, Laura northern and aboriginal health issues as they pertain to genetics
Austin, Jehannine Genetics, genomics, genetic counseling, psychiatric illness, mental illness, mental health, psychiatry, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, postpartum depression, perinatal mental health, Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia
Birol, Inanc bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, transcriptome analysis, next generation sequencing, cancer, Bioinformatics, sequence assembly, transcriptomics, gene regulation networks, high throughput informatics for big data
Brinkman, Ryan Bioinformatics, flow cytometry, high throughput data analysis, data standars, GvHD biomarker identification, cluster identification
Brooks-Wilson, Angela human genetics; cancer genetics; cancer families; longevity; Super seniors; genetic susceptibility
Brown, Carolyn Janet Gene Regulation and Expression; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Applied Genetics; Epigenetic control of gene expression; X-chromosome inactivation; Long non-coding RNAs; XIST RNA; Genes escaping X-chromosome inactivation; DNA methylation
Burgess, Michael Genetics and Ethics; Ethics and Health; Applied Ethics; Individual and Collective Ethics; Participatory research; Public deliberation; Health Policy; Science Policy; Deliberative Democracy
Clarke, Lorne Lysosomal storage disease, disorders or sulfate transport, mucopolysaccharidosis, phenylketonuria
Conibear, Elizabeth Molecular Genetics; Cell Signaling and Cancer; Genomics and Proteomics; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Membranes; Enzymes and Proteins; Parkinson's Disease; Protein Palmitoylation; Vesicle Trafficking
Dennis, Jessica Complex Trait Genetics; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Epidemiology; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; Bioinformatics; genetic epidemiology; statistical genetics; Precision Health; Electronic health records; Administrative health data; Machine Learning
Eaves, Constance Jean Normal and leukemic stem cells, normal and malignant breast stem cells
Elliott, Alison Other health sciences; rare disease; genomics; Congenital Malformations; Skeletal and limb anomalies; Genetic Counselling; Health services implementation science
Friedman, Jan Marshall Genetics and Heredity; Developmental Genetics; Genomics; Application of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease; Clinical genomics; Neurofibromatosis; Birth defects epidemiology
Gibson, William Genetic Diseases; Chromosomes: Structure / Organization; Epigenetics
Goldowitz, Daniel Genetic basis of brain disease, neurobiology of autism, Huntingtong's gene, mouse/mice epigenetics, gene regulatory network
Hayden, Michael Genetic Diseases; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Huntington disease; Disease progression; Diabetes; Neurodegenerative disorders; Gene Therapy; Drug development
Hieter, Philip Molecular biology of eukaryotic chromosome transmission
Holt, Robert Immunogenetics, Metagenomics - Infectious agents in Cancer, Cancer Genomes, Neurobiology, DNA Sequencing
Hoodless, Pamela Embryonic Development; Genomics; Heart Valve / Valvular Diseases; Liver; Stem Cells and Organogenesis; Developmental Genetics; Embryology; transcriptional regulation; Epigenetics; Heart valve formation; Liver development
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Iron transport molecules
Jiang, Xiaoyan Cancer drug development and therapeutics; Basic and translational leukemia research; Leukemic stem cell biology; Gene regulation; Drug resistance; Proteomics; Immunotherapy
Jones, Steven J Bioinformatics, genome science, mutations, cancer progression
Kobor, Michael Epigenetics; Social Epigenetics; molecular biology; Chromatin Biology
Langlois, Sylvie Studies of genotype/phenotype correlations in single gene disorders; Validations of genomic tools for the study of mental retardation and prenatal screening for aneuploidy; Outcome studies related to prenatal genetic screening
Lansdorp, Peter Cellular Division; Cellular Aging; Stem Cells and Organogenesis; Applied Genetics; Complex Trait Genetics; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genetic Diseases; Cellular Degeneration; Telomeres; DNA replication, epigenetics and stem cells; Telomeres, genomic instability, aging and cancer; Application of single cell Strand-seq in precision medicine
Leavitt, Blair Neurodegenerative Diseases; Alzheimer's Disease; Dementia; Ataxia; Huntington disease; Neurogenetics; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Frontotemporal Dementia; Mouse models of disease; Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells; Gene regulation; Experimental Therapeutics; Gene Silencing and Gene Editing; Gene Therapy; Medical Genetics
Lefebvre, Louis Developmental Genetics; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genomics; Molecular Genetics; Transgenic Model; Embryonic Development; mouse developmental genetics; developmental epigenetics; genomic imprinting; placental biology; germ cell biology
Lehman, Anna Michelle Adams-Oliver syndrome; Hereditary spastic paraplegia; Ischiospinal dysostosis; Jeune syndrome; Genetic causes of nonsyndromic intellectual disability; Novel multiple congenital anomaly syndromes; Neurodegenerative disorders; Genes and Gene Therapy; Childhood Diseases
Lorincz, Matthew Developmental Genetics; Genomics; Epigenetics; chromatin; Development; Epigenomics; Gene regulation
Mager, Dixie Gene regulation, epigenetic instability in cancer, effects of transposable elements in normal and malignant cells, control of immune system genes, bioinformations
Marra, Marco Genomics; Bioinformatics; Molecular Genetics; Cancer Genetics; Genes; Genetic Mapping; Genome; genomics; Genetics; Epigenomics; Cancer biology
McMaster, W Robert Molecular Immunology
McNagny, Kelly Marshall 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
Miller, Freda
Morin, Gregg Proteomics, protein-protein interactions, protein isoform function, alternative splicing
Nelson, Brad Cell Therapy of Cancer; Cancer immunology and immunotherapy; Oncolytic viruses; T cell engineering; Clinical trials; Cell therapies
Penninger, Josef Bone Remodeling; Cancer; Cardiovascular Regeneration; Immunopathology; Neurodegenerative diseases; Blood vessel engineering; BH4; Glycoproteomics in cancer; Haploid stem cells; Tissue Engineering
Pouladi, Mahmoud Neurodegenerative diseases; Huntington disease; Fragile X syndrome
Robinson, Wendy Other basic medicine and life sciences; Medical Genetics; Human Development; Epigenetics; miRNA; Preterm Birth; Placenta; Mosaicism; Fetal Growth; DNA methylation; Sex differences
Rossi, Fabio Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine blood, Stem cells, regeneration, gene therapy, control of cell fate
Sadovnick, Adele clinical genetic, genetic epidemiological and molecular genetic research
Schrader, Kasmintan Genomics & Bioinformatics, Clinical Genetics, Genetic Counselling and Ethics & Policy
Simpson, Elizabeth Congenital Anomalies; Eye and Visual System Diseases; Gene therapy for brain and eye diseases; In vivo gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9); CRISPR; Aniridia; Rare diseases; Congenital blindness; MiniPromoters for restricted expression
Stirling, Peter Molecular Genetics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Cancer Genetics; Cell; Genome Instability; Stress responses; DNA repair; Cancer; Genotoxins
Taubert, Stefan Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Genetics of Aging; Metabolism; Stress and Cancer; Stress; Gene Regulation and Expression; Toxin and Toxicant Metabolism; Transcription; Gene regulation; Stress responses; Hypoxia; Aging; Diabetes; C. elegans; Mouse; beta cells
Van Allen, Margot Birth defects, their causes, the natural history of the disorders, and how to prevent them
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Cancer Genetics; Developmental Genetics; Molecular Genetics; Human Cancer Genetics; Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis; Melanoma; Oncogenesis; Melanocytes; Pigmentation
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Genetic Diseases; multiple sclerosis; Neuromyelitis optica; Neurological disorders
Wasserman, Wyeth Bioinformatics, computation analysis of human genome, gene regulation, rare pediatric disorders


Roula Farag

Master of Science in Medical Genetics (MSc)

Jane Gair

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)

Ryan Yuen

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)

Amy Inkster

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)