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 Epigenetic 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 human genetics, population genetics, neurology, neuroscience, neurobiology of disease, cell biology (primary murine culture and iPSC), genomics, neurodegeneration, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Epilepsy
Friedman, Jan Marshall Application 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 Huntington's, disease progression, diabetes, coronary artery disease
Hieter, Philip Molecular biology of eukaryotic chromosome transmission
Holt, Robert Immunogenetics, Metagenomics - Infectious agents in Cancer, Cancer Genomes, Neurobiology, DNA Sequencing
Hoodless, Pamela Embryology, Transcriptional regulation, Epigenetics, Heart valve formation, Liver development
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Iron transport molecules
Jiang, Xiaoyan Basic 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 Stem cells, developmental control, telomere biology, self-renewal and genetic instability
Leavitt, Blair 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 Role of imprinted genes in mammalian development
Lorincz, Matthew Epigenetics, Chromatin, Development
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, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics
McMaster, W Robert Molecular Immunology
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Stem 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 Cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, T cell engineering, Clinical trials
Robinson, Wendy Genetics, Development, Epigenetics, miRNA, Preterm Birth, Placenta, Mosaicism, Fetal Growth
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 Gene 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 Genome Instability, Stress responses, DNA repair, Cancer, Genotoxins
Taubert, Stefan Transcription, Gene regulation, C. elegans, Metabolism, Aging, Stress responses , Molecular Genetics, Mouse
Van Allen, Margot Birth defects, their causes, the natural history of the disorders, and how to prevent them
Van Raamsdonk, Catherine Human Cancer Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Mouse Genetics and Transgenesis, Mutation, Cell Migration, Melanocytes
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Multiple sclerosis, Neuromyelitis optica, Neurological disorders
Wasserman, Wyeth Bioinformatics, computation analysis of human genome, gene regulation, rare pediatric disorders
Zandstra, Peter

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