Trainee opportunities

  • Graduate:  My lab accepts an average of one new graduate student per year (generally applicants are reviewed between Jan-March). To be considered, applicants should have a strong GPA with first class marks in genetics courses. Bioinformatics and statistical experience is highly beneficial. Candidates should also have good writing/communication skills, excellent teamwork qualities, and a passion for science and research. We are affiliated with the following graduate programs: Medical Genetics, Genome Sciences & Technology, and Reproduction & Developmental Sciences. Trainees in our lab are supported also by the CFRI research education program.
  • Postdoctoral: We welcome postdoctoral applicants with the above qualities and who already have or are competitive for funding awards.
  • Funding: Any accepted student is awarded a minimum funding package of $22,000; However most students are successful at winning other awards and typically earn higher rates of funding.

Philosophy: Attracting and nurturing trainees is a key component to research success.  I actively work to create a culture of interdisciplinary and cross-generational training. I believe in fostering creativity, independence, team-work, collegiality, and practicing ‘responsible science’. I have supported many generations of students – high school, undergrad, graduate, visiting professors, medical trainees. A key to developing a well-rounded researcher is exposure to diverse fields and perspectives, which is then translated into collaborations and innovative research in the lab.

Success: My trainees have graduated with an average of 9 publications (4-5 1st author) for PhD students and over 4 for MSc students.  The majority have won funding awards (CIHR, CFRI, MSHRF or UBC) and many have been honoured with awards such as the departmental Teaching Assistant award (Courtney, Sam) or Jim Miller Prize (Karla, Courtney) etc.

Average time to completion of PhD is 4.97 years (N=6) based on students finishing since 2008.

All graduate and postdoctoral trainees from our lab have continued in research, teaching, or clinical pursuits after leaving my lab.

  • Where did the MSc graduates go? high school science teacher; medical school;  research assistant; project lead CIHR; doctoral program Stanford; doctoral program UC Berkeley;
  • What are the PhD graduates doing?  Teaching Prof. U of Victoria; Asst. Prof in ObGyn UBC; Clinical Assistant Professor UBC;Research Associate UBC; Scientist Sick Kids Toronto; Postdoc Babraham Inst (Oxford); Postdoc UBC; Post doc. U of Toronto.

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