UBC President & Vice-Chancellor


Dr. Santa Ono is the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to UBC, he served as Provost and subsequently President at the University of Cincinnati and before that as Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost at Emory University. Dr. Ono’s research focus is in the area of the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration and he has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London and Emory universities. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and McGill University. Dr. Ono is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and still finds time to sing and play his cello. Dr. Ono was a recipient of the 2016 National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) 100 award.

He is an elected Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors. He was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and received the University of Chicago Professional Achievement Award in 2017.