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

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Arbour, Laura [field_researcher_interest]
Austin, Jehannine [field_researcher_interest]
Birol, Inanc [field_researcher_interest]
Brinkman, Ryan [field_researcher_interest]
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 [field_researcher_interest]
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 [field_researcher_interest]
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 [field_researcher_interest]
Hayden, Michael Genetic Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Huntington disease, Disease progression, Diabetes, Neurodegenerative disorders, Gene Therapy, Drug development
Hieter, Philip [field_researcher_interest]
Holt, Robert [field_researcher_interest]
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 [field_researcher_interest]
Jiang, Xiaoyan Cancer Genetics, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Cell Therapy of Cancer, Immunotherapy, Basic and translational leukemia research, Leukemic stem cell biology, Gene regulation, Drug resistance, Proteomics
Jones, Steven J [field_researcher_interest]
Kobor, Michael Epigenetics, Social Epigenetics, molecular biology, Chromatin Biology
Langlois, Sylvie [field_researcher_interest]
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 [field_researcher_interest]
Lorincz, Matthew Developmental Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics, chromatin, Development, Epigenomics, Gene regulation
Mager, Dixie [field_researcher_interest]
Marra, Marco Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Genes, Genetic Mapping, Cancer biology, Epigenomics, Genetics
McMaster, W Robert [field_researcher_interest]
McNagny, Kelly Marshall Cancer of the Reproductive System, Cell Therapy of Cancer, Breast Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Allergies, Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases, Immune System, Immunotherapy, Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines, Embryonic Development, Stem Cells, Immunology, Inflammation, Mouse models of human disease, Tissue degeneration/regeneration, Cancer, innate immune response, kidney function
Morin, Gregg [field_researcher_interest]
Nelson, Brad Cell Therapy of Cancer, Cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, T cell engineering, Clinical trials, Cell therapies
Penninger, Josef [field_researcher_interest]
Robinson, Wendy Developmental Genetics, Genomics, Reproduction and Growth, DNA and RNA Chips, Bioinformatics, Medical Genetics, Human Development, Epigenetics, miRNA, Preterm Birth, Placenta, Mosaicism, Fetal Growth, DNA methylation, Sex differences
Rossi, Fabio [field_researcher_interest]
Sadovnick, Adele [field_researcher_interest]
Schrader, Kasmintan [field_researcher_interest]
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, Lipid biology, C. elegans, Mouse
Van Allen, Margot [field_researcher_interest]
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 [field_researcher_interest]


Jane Gair

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)

Ryan Yuen

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD)