UBC researchers from multiple faculties, schools and centres on our campuses and at affiliated health research institutes are making critical advances in biomedical innovation.

Discipline-specific research expertise combines with an interdisciplinary mindset and approach to tackle some of society's biggest health challenges.

Meet a few of UBC's Biomedical Innovators


  1. Dr. Navajas standing next to a large image of an eye

    Helping British Columbians see clearly

    The retina is our bridge to the visual world, transforming the light that enters our eyes into the images we see. Dr. Eduardo Navajas, clinical associate professor and director of resident research at UBC’s department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, is working to preserve this precious gateway for thousands of British Columbians. 

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  2. Nuthan Vikas Bathula

    Meet Nuthan Vikas Bathula

    Nuthan Vikas Bathula, PhD Candidate from the Blakney Lab, Michael Smith Laboratories & School of Biomedical Engineering. Nuthan’s PhD research is focused on self-amplifying RNA and recently received the NMIN Graduate Award.

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  3. Dr. Poul Sorensen

    Hope, accelerated

    Dr. Poul Sorensen’s breakthrough cancer research has saved countless lives. But he thinks we can cut the time from discovery to treatment by 50% — or more.

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  4. Alexandra Williams

    Meet Dr. Alexandra Williams

    Dr. Alexandra Williams, a postdoctoral fellow in clinical cardiovascular physiology at UBC’s International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), is studying the link between the cardiovascular and nervous systems to understand how we can use innovative treatments that target the heart to improve outcomes among individuals with spinal cord injury.

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  5. vanessa porter

    Meet Vanessa Porter

    Vanessa Porter, a PhD candidate in UBC’s department of medical genetics, is using a cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology to understand how cervical cancers evolve and how this knowledge can inform future treatments for individual patients.

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  6. Soh Ishiguro

    Meet Dr. Soh Ishiguro

    Dr. Soh Ishiguro, a postdoctoral fellow at the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering, is working on new genome editing tools that could one day cure rare and debilitating diseases from blood disorders to heart disease.

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