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.

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 / OrganizationEpigenetic control of gene expression, X-chromosome inactivation, Long non-coding RNAs, XIST RNA, Genes escaping X-chromosome inactivation, DNA methylation
Burgess, Michael Philosophy and social sciences, ethics and social policy in the areas of genomics, genetics and biotechnology (health, agriculture and environment)
Clarke, Lorne Lysosomal storage disease, disorders or sulfate transport, mucopolysaccharidosis, phenylketonuria
Conibear, Elizabeth Molecular pathways, cellular transportation, Alzheimer's, lysomsomal storage diseases, yeast genetics
Eaves, Constance Jean Normal and leukemic stem cells, normal and malignant breast stem cells
Farrer, Matthew Neurological Diseases, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Neuronal Modeling, Neuronal Communication and NeurotransmissionParkinson's disease, Dementia, Epilepsy
Friedman, Jan Marshall Genetics and Heredity, Developmental Genetics, GenomicsApplication of whole genome sequencing to diagnose genetic disease, Clinical genomics, Neurofibromatosis, Birth defects epidemiology
Gibson, William Childhood Diseases; Weaver syndrome - mutation detection and new therapies; Cohen-Gibson syndrome - mutation detection and new therapies; Appetite regulation; Energy expenditure; Body composition; Monogenic human obesity disorders; Familial Brain Aneurysms
Goldowitz, Daniel Genetic basis of brain disease, neurobiology of autism, Huntingtong's gene, mouse/mice epigenetics, gene regulatory network
Hayden, Michael Genetic Diseases, Neurodegenerative DiseasesHuntington disease, Disease progression, Diabetes
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 GeneticsEmbryology, Transcriptional regulation, Epigenetics, Heart valve formation, Liver development
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Iron transport molecules
Jiang, Xiaoyan Cancer Genetics, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer Diagnosis and DetectionBasic and translational leukemia research, Leukemic stem cell biology , Gene regulation , Drug resistance , Proteomics
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, TelomeresDNA 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, AtaxiaHuntington 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 Developmentmouse developmental genetics, developmental epigenetics, genomic imprinting, placental biology, germ cell biology
Lorincz, Matthew Developmental Genetics, GenomicsEpigenetics, Chromatin, Development, Epigenomics
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 Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Cancer Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, GenesCancer, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics
McMaster, W Robert Molecular Immunology
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Apoptosis and CancerStem Cells, Immunology, Inflammation, Mouse models of human disease, Tissue degeneration/regeneration, Cancer, innate immune response
Morin, Gregg Proteomics, protein-protein interactions, protein isoform function, alternative splicing
Mostafavi, Sara machine/statistical learning applied to disease genetics
Nelson, Brad Cell Therapy of CancerCancer immunology and immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, T cell engineering, Clinical trials, Cell therapies
Robinson, Wendy Developmental Genetics, Genomics, Reproduction and Growth, DNA and RNA Chips, BioinformaticsGenetics, 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 DiseasesGene therapy for brain and eye diseases, In vivo gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9), CRISpies (CRISPR therapies), Aniridia, Rare diseases, Congenital blindness, MiniPromoters for restricted expression
Stirling, Peter Molecular Genetics, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Cancer Genetics, CellGenome 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 MetabolismTranscription, Gene regulation, Stress responses , Hypoxia, Aging, Metabolism, Lipid biology, C. elegans, Mouse
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 GeneticsHuman Cancer Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis, Mutation, Cell Migration, Melanocytes
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Genetic DiseasesMultiple sclerosis, Neuromyelitis optica, Neurological disorders
Wasserman, Wyeth Bioinformatics, computation analysis of human genome, gene regulation, rare pediatric disorders


Jane Gair

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)

Ryan Yuen

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)