Faculty

In order to supervise a student in the CELL Program, a faculty member must be a member of the Program. The following are current members of the CELL Program who are eligible to supervise students in the Program. If you wish to enroll in the CELL Program and have identified a potential research supervisor whose name does not appear below, please discuss with your prospective research supervisor the possibility of him or her becoming a faculty member of the CELL Program. Information can be found here.

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Eric Accili Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Molecular mechanisms responsible for cellular pacemaking behaviour and that underlie the function and expression of “pacemaker” channels

Web: http://crg.ubc.ca/accili
Email: eric.accili@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-6900

Doug Allan Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Health.

Differentiation and maintenance of neuronal identity in Drosophila melanogaster, using molecular genetic, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches to examine the roles and intersection of intrinsic transcription factor codes and target-derived signals.

Web: http://www.douglasallanlab.weebly.com
Email: doug.allan@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-5960

Vanessa Auld Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science, and Centre for Brain Health.

The molecular interactions between glia and neurons that occur during development of the nervous system of Drosophila. The development of permeability barriers in polarized epithelia and glia and the formation of the septate and tricellular junctions.

Web: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~auld/auldlab/index.html
Email: auld@zoology.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-1977


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Shernaz Bamji Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Health.

Molecular mechanisms underlying synapse formation, maintenance and elimination; role of cell adhesion molecules at the synapse.

Web: http://www.bamjilab.com/
Email: shernaz.bamji@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-4746


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Susanne Clee Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Genetics of obesity and diabetes. Physiological, cellular and biochemical studies to understand the roles of novel molecules and pathways in the development of these diseases.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/clee
Email: susanne.clee@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-4271

Liz Conibear Dept. of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics.

Identification of regulatory proteins that control vesicle transport and contribution of defects in protein and lipid trafficking to human disease.

Web: http://cmmt.ubc.ca/research/investigators/conibear/lab
Email: conibear@cmmt.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-3898

Daniel Coombs Dept. of Mathematics and the Institute of Applied Mathematics.

Mathematical and computational models of immune cell signalling. Confocal microscopy and single particle tracking for membrane receptors. Population dynamics of HIV virus in vivo.

Web: http://www.math.ubc.ca/~coombs
Email: coombs@math.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-2859


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Leah Edelstein-Keshet Dept. of Mathematics, Faculty of Science.

Modeling the roles of small GTPases in eukaryotic cell polarization and motility, the actin cytoskeleton, and patterns such as actin waves. Models for microtubule-associated motor protein transport, single-cell wound healing, Rac signaling, and the role of cofilin in mammary carcinoma motility.

Web: http://www.math.ubc.ca/~keshet/keshet.html
Email: keshet@math.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-5889


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Mike Gold Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Science.

B cell development, survival, activation and migration.

Web: http://www.microbiology.ubc.ca/research/labs/gold
Email: michael.gold@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-4070

Michael Gordon Dept. of Zoology.

Organization, function, and development of neural circuits that process sensory information in the fruit fly brain.

Web: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~gordon/
Email: gordon@zoology.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-4854


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Kurt Haas Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Health.

Neuronal plasticity during early brain development. Activity-dependent synaptogenesis and dendritic arbor growth with the intent of understanding how brain neurons establish complex morphologies and inter-neuronal connections to create functional brain circuits.

Web: http://www.haaslab.com
Email: kurt.haas@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-9770

Lari Häkkinen Dept. of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry.

Mechanisms of oral and epidermal wound healing.

Web: http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/research/PeriodontalBiology/hakkinen.asp
Email: lhakkine@dentistry.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-0096

Geoff Hammond Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Steroids in growth and development.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/hammond/
Email: geoffrey.hammond@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-2498

Brad Hoffman Dept. of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that control the transcriptional networks that drive endocrine pancreas development, function, and proliferation.

Web: http://www.cfri.ca/our_research/researchers/search_researchers/researcher_detail.asp?ID=307
Email: brad.hoffman@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-2000 ext. 4794

Pamela Hoodless Dept. of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, and Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency.

Early events in mammalian development and the signalling pathways that regulate these processes.

Web: http://www.terryfoxlab.ca/people-detail/pamela-hoodless
Email: hoodless@bccrc.ca
Tel: (604) 675-8133


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Jim Johnson Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Integrated physiology, from organelle to organism, in the pathogenesis of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer and neurodegeneration.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/johnson
Email: james.d.johnson@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-7187


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Juergen Kast Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and Biomedical Research Centre

Proteomics and cell signaling. The use of mass spectrometry to study cellular reactions and their products, to identify the proteins present in human cells, their interactions, and any modifications they may undergo.

Web: https://www.chem.ubc.ca/juergen-kast
Email: kast@brc.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-7841

Tim Kieffer Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

The development of novel therapeutic approaches to diabetes using molecular, cellular and physiological techniques.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/kieffer
Email: tim.kieffer@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-2156

Janel Kopp Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying cell fate commitment in the pancreas and their relationship to the development of pancreatic cancer.

Web: http://www.janelkopp.com
Email: janelk@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-0626


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Philipp Lange Depts. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (Faculty of Medicine) and Computer Science (Faculty of Science), and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Proteomics, bioinformatics and cell signalling in childhood cancer. Development of proteomics methods and new approaches for better treatment and diagnostics in paediatric malignancies.

Web: http://langelab.med.ubc.ca
Email: philipp.lange@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-2000 ext. 6015

Peter Lansdorp Dept. of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine; Distinguished Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Research Centre; Professor, European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

DNA replication, epigenetics and stem cells; Telomeres, genomic instability, aging and cancer; Genetic analysis using single cell Strand-seq.

Web: http://www.terryfoxlab.ca/people-detail/peter-lansdorp
Email: plansdor@bccrc.ca
Tel: (604) 675-8135

Xin Li Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science and Michael Smith Laboratories.

Plant molecular genetics and genomics, specifically to understand the natural resistance mechanisms of plants against broad-spectrum of pathogens including fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

Web: http://botany.ubc.ca/people/xin-li
Email: xinli@msl.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-3155

James Lim Dept. of Pediatrics and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Cellular biology and molecular mechanisms governing integrin-mediated adhesion and motility in childhood cancers.

Web: http://www.cfri.ca/our_research/researchers/search_researchers/researcher_detail.asp?ID=360
Email: cjlim@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-2000 ext. 4795

Chris Loewen Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Health.

Mechanisms underlying interactions between the endoplasmic reticulum and other organelles.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/loewen
Email: cloewen@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-5961

Dan Luciani Dept. of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

The normal physiology of insulin secreting pancreatic beta-cells, as well as the sub-cellular mechanisms that mediate failure and death of the beta-cells in diabetes.

Web: http://www.cfri.ca/our_research/researchers/search_researchers/researcher_detail.asp?ID=428
Email: dluciani@cfri.ca
Tel: (604) 875-2000 ext. 6170

Francis Lynn Depts. of Surgery and Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Mechanisms that regulate the formation of islet β-cells from pancreatic stem or progenitor cells. We focus on the gene regulatory networks at play in the progenitor cells and how these networks change during differentiation to mature endocrine cells and in the long-term maintenance of the β-cell.

Web: http://www.betacell.ca
Email: francis.lynn@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-2000 ext. 5426


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Joanne Matsubara Dept. of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Centre for Macular Research.

Translational research on retinal diseases and treatment strategies.

Web: http://matsubaralab.med.ubc.ca
Email: jms@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-4383

Linda Matsuuchi Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science.

Receptor assembly and protein trafficking in lymphoid cells. Cell secretion. Signaling by the B cell antigen receptor.

Web: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/person/matsuchi
Email: matsuchi@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-4881

Christopher Maxwell Dept. of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Microtubule organization during cell division and differentiation and its relationship to childhood and adult cancers.

Web: http://www.cfri.ca/our_research/researchers/search_researchers/researcher_detail.asp?ID=389
Email: cmaxwell@cfri.ca
Tel: (604) 875-2000 ext. 4691

Don Moerman Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science, and C. elegans Gene Knockout Laboratory.

The assembly and organization of myofilaments within the body wall muscle of C. elegans. RNA and protein expression profiles in specific tissues and cells, and developmental stages of C. elegans.

Web: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~dgmweb
Email: moerman@zoology.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-3365

Ed Moore Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

The investigation of structure-function relationships in cardiac muscle using microscopic and biochemical techniques.

Web: http://crg.ubc.ca/moore
Email: edwin.moore@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-3423

Orson Moritz Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Centre for Macular Research.

Biochemistry and cell biology of the mechanisms underlying genetically inherited forms of blindness. Mechanisms of protein trafficking within photoreceptor cells, and how these mechanisms relate to these genetic disorders.

Web: http://moritzlab.ophthalmology.ubc.ca/website%20files/Research%20Projects.html
Email: olmoritz@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-4357

Hakima Moukhles Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Role of dystroglycan, a protein associated with several forms of muscular dystrophy, in the central nervous system. Mechanisms underlying the dystroglycan-mediated targeting and polarized distribution of potassium and water-permeable channels in astrocytes.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/moukhles/
Email: hakima.moukhles@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-7882

Tim Murphy Dept. of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Health.

Synaptic plasticity and the recovery of function in vivo following stroke using cellular imaging and membrane biophysical approaches. Prevention of oxidative stress in neuronal systems.

Web: http://www.neuroscience.ubc.ca/faculty/murphy.html
Email: timothy.murphy@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-0705


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I. Robert Nabi Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Cell biology of cancer and other diseases.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/nabi
Email: ivan.robert.nabi@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-7000

Christian Naus Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Health.

Gap junctions in neural development and disease.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/naus
Email: christian.naus@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-4383


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Tim O’Connor Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Brain Health.

Molecular mechanisms of neuronal outgrowth, guidance and directed growth. Remodeling of the cytoskeleton during neurite outgrowth.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/oconnor
Email: timothy.oconnor@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-9759


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Catherine Pallen Dept. of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs): signaling mechanisms and roles in cancer and neurobiology.

Web: http://cfri.ca/our-research/researchers/results/Details/catherine-j-pallen
Email: cpallen@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-2439

Nelly Panté Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science.

Molecular mechanisms of nuclear import of macromolecules and viruses.

Web: http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~pante
Email: pante@zoology.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-3369


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Matthew Ramer Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science and ICORD.

Reactions of the nervous system to trauma (nerve and spinal cord injuries), with particular emphasis on sensory processing and pain.

Web: http://icord.org/researchers/dr-matt-ramer/
Email: ramer@icord.org
Tel: (604)-675-8821

Cathy Rankin Dept. of Psychology and Centre for Brain Health.

Behavioural, cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in learning and memory.

Web: http://rankinlab.psych.ubc.ca/
Email: crankin@psych.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-5449

Joy Richman Dept. of Oral Health Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry.

Craniofacial development and evolution.

Web: http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/faculty-profiles/p-t/joy-richman/research/
Email: richman@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-3568

Elizabeth Rideout Dept of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Genetic, molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying male-female differences in body size, metabolism and stress responses in Drosophila.

Web: http://rideoutlab.weebly.com
Email: elizabeth.rideout@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-0623

Cal Roskelley Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Regulation of tissue architecture during breast and ovarian carcinoma progression.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/roskelley
Email: calvin.roskelley@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-0779


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Lacey Samuels Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science.

Plant cell biology. Cellular basis of secretion of plant cell wall components.

Web: http://samuelslab.blogspot.ca/
Email: lsamuels@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-3554


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Guy Tanentzapf Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Integrin function in morphogenesis. Determination of how cells come together to form complex structures and then, once formed, how such structures are maintained.

Web: http://www.tanentzapf-lab.com/site/Home.html
Email: tanentz@mail.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 827-4334

Stefan Taubert Dept. of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

How changes in transcriptional networks contribute to pathologic changes.

Web: http://cfri.ca/our-research/researchers/results/Details/stefan-taubert
Email: taubert@cmmt.ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 875-3860


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Michael Underhill Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

The retinoid signaling pathway in chondrogenesis and osteogenesis. Mechanisms underlying the commitment and differentiation of skeletal progenitors.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/underhill
Email: t.michael.underhill@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-5833


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Wayne Vogl Dept. of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Arrangement, function and control of cytoskeletal systems in cells.

Web: http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/vogl
Email: wayne.vogl@ubc.ca
Tel: (604) 822-2395

 


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Sonia Yeung Dept. of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.

Stem cells in the treatment of ocular surface diseases and age-related macular degeneration.

Web: http://ophthalmology.med.ubc.ca/divisions/cornea-external-disease-refractive-surgery/
Email: sonia.y@gmail.com