Faculty

  Name & Contact Info Roles Research Areas
Shernaz Bamji Shernaz Bamji

shernaz.bamji@ubc.ca

Professor
Associate Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Formation, remodelling, elimination of brain synaptic connections; formation/plasticity disruptions & brain function; normalizing cognitive and functional abilities
Ali Bashashati Ali Bashashati

ali.bashashati@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor

Director of AI Research, BC Ovarian Cancer Program (OVCARE)

Machine learning, statistical & signal processing algorithms, software infrastructure for combined omics & imaging data sources; cancer treatment stratification.
Anna Blakney

anna.blakney@msl.ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Optimization of molecular RNA design and formulation for enhanced protein expression and immune response in vivo.
Karen Cheung Karen Cheung

kcheung@ece.ubc.ca

Professor
Director Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program & Associate Director, School of Biomedical Engineering
Diagnostic & therapeutic biomedical microsystems; dielectric spectroscopy for flow cytometry; implantable polymer-based microelectrode arrays; integrated cell culture systems.
Peter Cripton

peter.cripton@ubc.ca

Professor
Director Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Program & Associate Director, School of Biomedical Engineering
Biomechanics & prevention of spinal cord/column and brain injuries and hip fractures; cervical spine injury prevention in sports and transportation; helmet efficacy; helmet design.
Carl de Boer

carl.deboer@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Genomic big data to decipher genome regulation; gene regulation and susceptibility to common complex inherited diseases; autoimmunity, heart disease.
Connie Eaves

ceaves@bccrc.ca

Professor Normal and leukemic stem cell characterization & regulation; breast cancer; hematopoietic cells from human embryonic stem cells and iPSCs.
Kurt Haas

kurt.haas@ubc.ca

Professor Imaging of structural & functional plasticity in the developing brain; growth and formation of dysfunctional neural networks; autism, schizophrenia, epilepsy.
Pamela Hoodless

hoodless@bccrc.ca

Professor
Director, Terry Fox Laboratory BC Cancer
Stem cells & control of normal development and oncogenesis; heart and GI tract development; genome-wide gene expression analysis, transcription factor binding, histone modifications.
Myeong Jin Ju

myeongjin.ju@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Optical imaging; signal processing algorithms; OCT-based angiography and polarimetry; in vivo ocular imaging; ophthalmology.
Tim Kieffer Tim Kieffer

tkieffer@mail.ubc.ca

Professor Development of novel gene and cell therapies for diabetes; physiological insulin replacement.
Calvin Kuo

calvin.kuo@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Musculoskeletal modeling of traumatic brain injury; parameter identification; wearable sensors in concussion biomechanics; Bayesian filter for high rate human motion measurements.
Zachary Laksman

zlaksman@mail.ubc.ca

Assistant Professor
Director Atrial Fibrillation Clinic & Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic, St. Paul’s Hospital
Genetic basis for diseases of the heart muscle, heart rhythm, sudden cardiac death; stem cell models; growing heart cells in vitro; personalized disease modeling and therapy.
Gabrielle Lam

gabrielle.lam@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor of Teaching Tissue engineering, biomaterials and regenerative medicine; integrating experiential learning in course design; self-regulated and collaborative learning.
Megan Levings

megan.levings@ubc.ca

Professor
Lead, Childhood Diseases, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Immune cell engineering; immune tolerance in transplantation and autoimmunity; regulatory immune cell therapy.
David Liu

Dave.Liu@vch.ca

Associate Professor Interventional radiology for oncology; non-invasive imaging; inferior vena cava filter management; advanced management of blood clots.
Francis Lynn

francis.lynn@ubc.ca

Associate Professor Islet beta cell formation from pancreatic stem or progenitor cells; cell-based prevention and reversion of beta cell deterioration and loss in diabetes.
Manu Madhav

manu.madhav@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Algorithmic role of neural circuits in controlling behaviour; quantifying computational transformations effected by neural networks in higher-level cognitive brain regions.
Kelly McNagny

kelly@brc.ubc.ca

Professor Signaling networks; innate immune response; kidney function and cell-based therapies; transcriptional and signaling networks; surface molecules expressed by HSCs.
Ivan Robert Nabi

ivan.robert.nabi@ubc.ca

Professor
Director, Life Sciences Institute Imaging Facility
Cell biology of cancer; use of super-resolution microscopy to study cellular domains.
Calvin Roskelley

calvin.roskelley@ubc.ca

Professor Genes and genetic products involved in regulating tissue architecture in breast and ovarian carcinoma progression.
Fabio Rossi

fabio@brc.ubc.ca

Professor
Director, Research & Associate Director, School of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Biomedical Research Centre
Cellular systems in muscle regeneration; microglia and macrophages in CNS pathology; epigenetic control of lineage choice and differentiation.
Dena Shahriari

dena.shahriari@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Smart biomaterials; neural interfaces; biosensors; tissue regeneration; organ augmentation.
Nika Shakiba

nika.shakiba@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Cell competition to reverse engineer stem cell systems and synthetic biology to forward engineer stem cell fitness; engineered stem cell therapies using synthetic biology.
Roger Tam

roger.tam@ubc.ca

Associate Professor
Director, Engineers in Scrubs Program
Magnetic resonance imaging of neurological disorders; imaging biomarkers; machine learning; imaging artifacts in quantitative analysis; computational shape modeling; medical informatics.
Carolina Tropini

carolina.tropini@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor Human gut microbiome; response of microbial communities to perturbations during disease; imaging, microfluidics, computational techniques; inflammatory bowel disease.
Michael Underhill

tunderhi@brc.ubc.ca

Professor Retinoic acid receptor-mediated signaling in chondrogenesis; skeletal development; transcriptional networks for therapeutic bone and cartilage formation; arthritis; osteoporosis.
Jenna Usprech

jenna.usprech@ubc.ca

Assistant Professor of Teaching Curriculum design; incorporation of cellular & tissue engineering into undergraduate curriculum; teaching strategies to promote retention of material, critical thought, wellness.
Rizhi Wang

rizhi.wang@ubc.ca

Professor
Canada Research Chair in Biomaterials
Biomaterials, biomechanics, biomimetics.
Nozomu Yachie

nozomu.yachie@ubc.ca

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Biology
Genome editing, cell engineering, mouse genetics, high-performance computing to trace molecular & cellular dynamics in high-resolution; DNA event recording; cell lineage tracing.
Vikramaditya Yadav

vikramaditya.yadav@ubc.ca

Associate Professor
Chair, Chemical Institute of Canada (Biotechnology Division)
Tissue engineering, synthetic biology, medical biotechnology, metabolic engineering, drug delivery, infectious disease pathogenesis and drug discovery.
Peter Zandstra

peter.zandstra@ubc.ca

Professor
Director, School of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Michael Smith Laboratories
Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering
Multi-scale modeling of complex biology; synthetic stem cells & regenerative medicine; synthetic niches to control stem cell fate; new therapies for blood diseases.

  Name & Contact Info Courses
Sharareh Bayat

shararehb@ece.ubc.ca

BMEG 400M/591M - Topics in Biomedical Engineering
BMEG 320 - Bioengineering Feedback Systems and Controls
BMEG 557 - Statistical Methods for Evaluating Medical Technologies
Negar Mohaghegh Harandi

negarm@ece.ubc.ca

BMEG 200 - Biomedical Engineering Bridge Module
BMEG 220 - Circuits and Electromagnetics with Application to Biomedical Engineering
BMEG 321 - Biomedical Instrumentation
BMEG 457 - Biomedical Engineering Design Project
Robyn Newell

robyn.newell@ubc.ca

BMEG 230 - Biomechanics I
BMEG 330 - Biomechanics II
BMEG 457 - Biomedical Engineering Design Project

Associate Members

Associate Membership in the School of Biomedical Engineering is an unofficial position given to a faculty member outside of the school when there is a need to have a formal arrangement to participate in teaching, research and service. This is not a joint appointment. To request membership please see here for more instructions: Associate Membership Application. Each application will be reviewed by the School’s leadership team.

Notes on Applying for Associate Membership

Term for associate membership is a maximum of 3 years. For renewal, a new application package must be submitted. It is expected that each member participate in at least one teaching and/or service activity (i.e. serve on a SBME committee, other than graduate supervisory committees). This activity must be clearly outline in the letter of intent.

Teaching and Committees

Teaching activities fall under our undergraduate and graduate curriculum umbrellas. Note that our students do take courses in other departments. SBME-specific courses are BMEG. They can be viewed here:

Our list of committees continues to expand as the school itself expands. Below is a list SBME committees:

  • Undergrad Curriculum Committee
  • Undergrad Admissions Committee
  • Graduate Program Scholarship/Awards Committee
  • Graduate Program Policy Committee
  • MEng Admissions Committee
  • PhD Rotation Committee
  • Research Awards Committee
  • Research Advisory Committee
  • Faculty Mentorship Committee
  • REDI Committee

 

Current Members:

  Name & Contact Info Primary Affiliation Roles Research Areas
Purang Abolmaesumi

purang@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor
Canada Research Chair, Tier II (Biomedical Engineering)
Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on computer-assisted surgery, image-guided therapy and medical image analysis.
Mattia Bacca

mbacca@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Mechanics of functional materials, such as gecko-inspired adhesives, high toughness elastomers, hydrogels, and nanostructured metal alloys.
Mark Cembrowski

mark.cembrowski@ubc.ca

Cellular & Physiological Sciences Assistant Professor Anxiety, Big data, Bioinformatics, Cell types, Computation, CRISPR-Cas9, Fear, Genetics, Modeling, Neural circuits, Neuroscience, Neuroscience of memory, PTSD, RNAseq.
Mu Chiao

muchiao@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Professor Micro-energy sources, protein-MEMS interaction, MEMS-based photonic devices, design, fabrication and packing of MEMS for biological applications.
Edward Conway

ed.conway@ubc.ca

Medicine Professor
Canada Research Chair (Endothelial Cell Biology)
Molecular links between coagulation and innate immunity; tumor endothelial marker CD248.
Agnes d'Entremont

adentremont@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor of Teaching Adaptive control, predictive control, control of distributed parameters systems, advanced process control, applications of wavelet analysis, biomedical applications of control.
Guy Dumont

guyd@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Orthopaedic biomechanics; human joint kinematics; magnetic resonance imaging of the musculoskeletal system; pediatric orthopedics.
Leah Edelstein-Keshet

keshet@math.ubc.ca

Mathematics Professor Mathematics-based study of autoimmune diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.
Sid Fels

ssfels@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Human computer interaction, human 3D biomechanical modeling, speech synthesis, medical applications of modeling, computer vision, interactive arts and music.
Thalia Field

thalia.field@ubc.ca

Medicine Associate Professor Clinical trial process improvement, participant recruitment and retention, resource optimization, outcomes selection; telemedicine for remote recruitment and assessment; artificial intelligence to enhance clinical trial efficiency.
Rafeef Garbi

rafeef@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Visual computing in biomedical imaging; computational techniques for efficient, reproducible, accurate and robust analysis of structural and functional multi-dimensional biomedical data.
Dana Grecov

dgrecov@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Liquid crystals and nanomaterials; cellulose nanocrystals; biofluid mechanics; non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; computational fluid dynamics; rheology and tribology.
Matthias Gӧrges

mgorges@bcchr.ca

Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, & Therapeutics Assistant Professor Patient monitoring alarms, medical displays, decision support systems, mobile health applications, and data integration/communication platforms.
Jane Hill

jane.hill@ubc.ca

Chemical & Biological Engineering Professor Metabolomics, transcriptomics, diagnostics, infectious disease, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, mass spectrometry, chromatography, MEMS.
Antony Hodgson

ahodgson@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Professor Computer-assisted orthopedic surgery; real-time 3D ultrasound imaging; mini-robotic devices and simulations for surgical accuracy & efficiency; human eye model for sensorimotor studies.
Aly Karsan

akarsan@bcgsc.ca

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Professor Myeloid malignancies, myelodysplastic syndromes, hematopoietic system development, toll-like receptor (TLR) pathways, Notch signaling pathway.
Christian Kastrup

ckastrup@msl.ubc.ca

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Associate Professor Therapeutic control of blood clotting, Alzheimer’s disease, biomaterial synthesis, imaging, patient blood, microfluidics, RNA biotechnology, animal models.
Jay Kizhakkedathu

jay@pathology.ubc.ca

Pathology Professor Macromolecular iron sequesters, anticoagulant antidotes, universal blood donor cells, cell-based therapeutic carriers, antithrombotic/antimicrobial surfaces, proteomics.
Peter Lansdorp

plansdor@bccrc.ca

Medical Genetics Professor Genome instability in aging and cancer, structural genomic variations, single-cell DNA template strand sequencing.
Tim Lee

tlee@bccrc.ca

Dermatology and Skin Science Associate Professor Early detection of skin cancer, epidemiologic research on skin cancer, artificial intelligence for analysis of skin lesion images, hand-held diagnostic imaging devices.
Hongshen Ma

hongma@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Microfabrication, microfluidics, instrumentation, product development, data analytics and visualization; development of new technologies for cell sorting, cell deformability, chemotaxis, single cell sequencing, and image cytometry; application of technologies to evaluate blood quality, test immune cell function, personalize cancer therapies, and expedite antimalarial drug development.
John Madden

jmadden@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Artificial muscle and application to medical devices, photosynthetic photovoltaics, super-capacitors, batteries, sensors, carbon nanotube devices.
Bassam Masri

bas.masri@vch.ca

Orthopaedics Professor Hip and knee reconstruction and replacement; joint replacement outcomes; failure mechanisms of joint replacement; metallurgical response to failed hip replacement.
Freda Miller

freda.miller@msl.ubc.ca

Michael Smith Laboratories & Medical Genetics Professor
Canada Research Chair, Developmental Neurobiology
Neural stem cells; neurotrophin regulation of neuronal survival; growth and connectivity; p53 family in the nervous system; molecular regulation of neurogenesis.
Tim Murphy

timothy.murphy@ubc.ca

Psychiatry Professor Structure-function of brain circuits in relation to stroke; CNS synaptic plasticity/physiology mesoscale level; automated mouse brain imaging and brain stimulation.
Santa Ono

santa.ono@ubc.ca

Ophthamology & Visual Sciences; Microbiology & Immunology Professor
UBC President & Vice-Chancellor
Immune system; eye inflammation, age-related macular degeneration; ocular melanoma; retinoblastoma.
Tom Oxland

toxland@icord.org

Orthopaedics & Mechanical Engineering Professor
Canada Research Chair (Spine Biomechanics)
Experimental and computational studies of spinal cord injury; biomechanical injury threshold; bone-implant interface in the aging spinal column; orthopedic implants.
Josef Penninger

josef.penninger@ubc.ca

Medical Genetics Professor
Canada 150 Chair (Functional Genetics)
Genetic editing; human iPS cell models of disease; organoid cultures; blood vessel engineering; T cell biology; glycoproteomics in cancer; haploid stem cells.
James Piret

james.piret@ubc.ca

Chemical & Biological Engineering Professor Biochemical and biomedical engineering, bioreactor, bioprocess, fed-batch, perfusion, hollow fibre, hybridoma, CHO, hematopoietic cells.
Arman Rahmim

arman.rahmim@ubc.ca

Radiology Associate Professor Improved cancer diagnosis, prognosis & radiotherapy by quantifying how radiopharmaceuticals, a combination of drugs & radioactive isotopes, precisely target cancer cells, in both imaging and therapy applications; machine learning; radiomics; theranostics.
Lynn Raymond

lynn.raymond@ubc.ca

Psychiatry Professor
Louise A. Brown Chair, Neuroscience
Synaptic function in Huntington disease; NMDA-type glutamate receptor and calcium homeostasis in synaptic function; mouse models & automated assessment.
Robert Rohling

rohling@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor New acquisition techniques for 2D and 3D ultrasound, medical image processing, medical image guidance systems, and navigating very large medical image datasets. Applications in diagnostics, anesthesia, surgery, and radiation therapy.
Tim Salcudean

tims@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor
Canada Research Chair (Intelligent Computer Interface Design)
C.A. Laszlo Chair (Biomedical Engineering)
Haptic interfaces, teleoperation and simulators, medical robotics, imaging and interfaces, optimization-based design
Peyman Servati

peymans@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Low-cost and flexible photovoltaic (PV) devices, Flexible electronics, Semiconductor nanowires (NWs), Nanostructured electronic films, Nanostructure growth and synthesis, Nanocomposite electronics.
Babak Shadgan

babak.shadgan@ubc.ca

Orthopaedics Assistant Professor Biophotonics to study tissue processes, including blood and oxygen supplies, in the clinic; continuous monitoring of spinal cord hemodynamics and oxygenation in acute spinal cord injury; implantable NIRS sensors; sports injury prevention.
Vesna Sossi

vesna@phas.ubc.ca

Physics and Astronomy Professor Algorithm and instrumentation development; multi-modal imaging analysis in Parkinson’s disease, neurodegeneration; PET/MRI in discovering new markers for brain energetics and interactions between hemodynamic and metabolic networks.
Kenichi Takahata

takahata@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor
Canada Research Chair (Advanced Micro/Nanofabrication and MEMS)
Micro/nanofabrication; micromachined sensors and actuators; medical MEMS; nanotechnology; microplasma control; wireless drug delivery chips; smart stents.
Shuo Tang

tang@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Biophotonics, biomedical optics, optical tissue imaging instrumentation, optical coherence tomography, multiphoton microscopy
Mike Van der Loos

vdl@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Development of mechatronic exercise systems for movement therapy and diagnostic technologies for improved sleep quality; research into human-robot interaction, the neurophysiology of standing balance and the field of roboethics.
Konrad Walus

konradw@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Nanoelectronic devices and circuits, quantum-dot cellular automata, single-electron transistors, quantum mechanical simulations.
Jane Z. Wang

zjanew@ece.ubc.ca

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Statistical signal processing for information security, biomedical imaging, genomic and wireless communications; model-based genomic/proteomic signal processing for cancer classification/prediction, modeling of genetic regulatory networks by incorporating genomic data sources, identification of cell-cycle related genes.
Alexander Weber

aweber@bcchr.ca

Pediatrics Assistant Professor Non-invasive imaging for brain to study health and disease; MRI; insults, injuries and diseases of the brain; multimodal imaging techniques.
Cheryl Wellington

cheryl.wellington@ubc.ca

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Professor Genetic and environmental risk factors for dementia; apolipoprotein E (apoE) metabolism; history of traumatic brain injury (TBI); cerebrovascular dysfunction.
David Wilson

david.wilson@ubc.ca 

Orthopaedics Professor Hip, knee and spine mechanics; causes and treatments of osteoarthritis; medical imaging and medical image processing; orthopaedic sports medicine.
Lyndia Wu

lwu@mech.ubc.ca

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Sensing and data analytics to study biomechanics; brain injury or concussion biomechanics; sensing, modeling, and machine learning; sleep biomechanics.

  Name & Contact Info Other Affiliation Roles
Anthony Chan

anthony_chan@bcit.ca

Biomedical Engineering, School of Health Sciences:
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Program Head

Faculty Member

Bruno Jaggi

bjaggi@bme.ubc.ca

Simon Fraser University Adjunct Professor

Engineering Advisor, LivSpek Medical Technologies Inc

Glen F. Tibbits

tibbits@sfu.ca

Simon Fraser University Professor

Tier I Canada Research Chair,
Molecular Cardiac Physiology

Robert Judson

rjudson@mail.ubc.ca

Stemcell Technologies Senior Scientist
Stephanie Willerth

willerth@uvic.ca

University of Victoria Professor

Canada Research Chair, Biomedical Engineering

Acting Director, Centre for Biomedical Research (University of Victoria)