Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

The UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is an academic department of the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and has major responsibilities and leadership in activities related to education, research and academic practice.

The Department is characterized by its breadth and depth of its activities in all spheres of inquiry and education concerning the causes and mechanisms of disease, advancing the practice of the various disciplines of Laboratory Medicine.

Departmental faculty, staff, trainees and other personnel work at multiple sites across the UBC system, in partnership with Regional Health Authorities, Hospitals and Agencies, Research Centres and Institutes, Educational Institutions, Government and other stakeholders toward fulfillment of the academic mandate.

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Allard, Michael Control of energy metabolism in normal and pathologic hearts; Physiologic and Pathologic Cardiac hypertrophy; Contribution of Metabolism to myocardial dysfunction after ischemia and reperfusion, especially in the setting of cardiac hypertrophy; Cardiovascular Pathology
Aparicio, Samuel Breast cancer, genome sequencing
Bally, Marcel Bertran Pancreas centre
Bennewith, Kevin Oncology; Molecular Pathology & Cell Biology; Cancer research; Solid tumour microenvironment; Hypoxia; Metastasis research; Pre-metastatic niche; Targeting hypoxic tumour cells in therapy; Radiation biology
Brooks, Donald microgravity research (space station, etc); diagnostic testing device; Centre for Blood Research; biomaterials, Organic chem, blood research
Churg, Andrew Lung disease
Cimolai, Nevio Infection control, ethics in hospital administration and public medical institutions
Cote, Helene HIV Infection, blood research, infectious diseases
Devine, Dana Virginia Biochemistry, blood regulation, platelet biology
Gilks, Cyril Blake Cancer of the Reproductive System, gynecological cancer diagnosis
Granville, David Aging Process, Skin Disorders, Auto-Immune Diseases, Aneurism, Connective Tissue Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, Proteases, Granzymes, Extracellular Matrix, Chronic inflammation, Aging, Disease models
Huntsman, David hereditary cancer, molecular pathology, cancer biomarkers, Pancreas centre
Karsan, Aly Myelodysplatic syndromes, myeloid malignancies, innate immune signaling in vascular hematopoietic function, genomics for clinical diagnostics
Kelly, Niamh science education from pre-school to university, balancing family and professional life, women in science, Children and babies, education, health care
Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran Polymers, Biomaterials, Blood Coagulation, Macromolecular Therapeutics, Iron Chelators, Thrombosis, Cell-surface Engineering, Proteomics Tools, Implants and Medical Devices
Krajden, Mel Infectious diseases, cancer hepatitis prevention and care, human papillomavirus HPV, HIV and hepatitis C virus
Krystal, Gerald Blood research, immunology, inflammation, effect of diet on cancer
Lam, Wan Cancer progression; Genome biology; Epigenetics; Molecular Systems Biology; Lung Cancer; Technology Development
Lange, Philipp Cell Signaling and Cancer, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, pediatric cancer, post translational protein modification
Ling, Victor Resistance to anticancer drugs, glycoprotein, chemotherapy, proteins
Lockwood, William
Luo, Honglin Viral Infections, Cardiomyopathy, Lung Cancer, Central Nervous System Inflammatory Diseases, Protein quality control in cardiac remodeling, Oncolytic virus for lung cancer therapy, Enteroviral infection and neurodegeneration
Mackenzie, Ian Alzheimer's Disease
Magil, Alexander Renal disease
McManus, Bruce Cardiovascular and pulmonary, genomic science, immunology, molecular pathology, detection of viral infection, heart and blood vessels
Nielsen, Torsten Cancer of the Musculoskeletal System, Breast Cancer, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Translational research, Biomarker development, Experimental therapeutics, Clinical Trials, Epigenomics, Immuno-oncology
Noble, Michael Allen Development and design for clinical sample simulations, costs of poor quality associated with laboratory error, impact of organizational culture
O'Kusky, John Neuroscience, embryology, mental health disorders
Podor, Thomas cardiovascular pathophysiology; endothelial cell proteolytic enzymes in the degradation of fibrin clots and extracellular matrix components; immunochemical and biochemical studies on the role of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in thrombosis and fibrin clot degradation (fibrinolysis); thrombosis and thrombolysis
Priatel, John Auto-Immune Diseases, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, Diseases of the Immune System, Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases, Autoimmunity, Immunodeficiency, Tumour immunotherapy, Viral infection, Host-pathogen interactions
Quandt, Jacqueline Neuroinflammation in damage and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis and other nervous system disorders
Sadar, Marianne
Schaeffer, David Cancer, Molecular Pathology & Cell Biology, Genetics, genomics proteomics and related approaches, Gastrointestinal systems
Schreiber, William Porphyrias, toxicology, electrophoresis, educational technology, biochemistry, molecular biology
Seow, Chun Yong Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Asthma, Muscle, Respiratory System, Physiology, Airway smooth muscle, Contraction mechanism
Shah, Sohrab Interpretation of cancer genomes; Tumour evolution; Computational cancer biology; Bioinformatics
Sorensen, Poul Childhood cancer cells, genomic science
Steidl, Christian Cancer; Molecular Pathology & Cell Biology, Genetics, genomics proteomics and related approaches
Takei, Fumio Molecular immunology, cancer, cell-cell interactions
Van den Elzen, Peter Immunology and Autoimmune disease; Lipid antigen presentation and apolipoproteins; Immune monitoring, clinical immunology, flow cytometry
Verchere, Bruce Diabetes research, pediatrics, Beta cell survival and function
Watson, Peter Breast Cancer, Pathology, biomarker
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Trauma / Injuries, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials, Alzheimer's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tissue Engineering, Biomarkers, Drug Discovery, Apolipoprotein E, Cerebrovascular function
Weng, Andrew Molecular biology
Wright, Joanne Role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, airways disease in asocation with mineral dusts and fumes, pulmonary vascular disease as a consequence of cigarette smoking, respiratory
Yang, Decheng Cardiovascular and pulmonary, infectious diseases, host gene responses to viral infections
Yip, Stephen
Ziltener, Hermann Inflammation


Jack Calder

Master of Science in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (MSc)

David Twa

Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)

Erin Tranfield

Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)

Xin Ye

Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)