Training Programs

All Molecular Oncology faculty have cross-appointments in various departments at the University of British Columbia (UBC). We endeavour to create a culture of scientific excellence. A key philosophy is to provide a strong multi-disciplinary environment for training of highly qualified personnel. Many of our trainees have gone on to faculty and industry positions.  We take pride in our trainees' research which often leads to publications in high impact journals. 

You may search our current student and trainee opportunities however please be advised our faculty will accept applications of interest even if it is not posted on the careers page. If you are interested in pursuing graduate or postdoctoral training in The Department of Molecular Oncology, please send: a cover letter, CV, transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references to:  

Our affiliated programs and departments are shown below for more information.

Affiliated Academic Departments

Genome Sciences + Technology Graduate Program

A new multidisciplinary graduate program focused on genomic research and advanced technology development offered through the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia.

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UBC Bioinformatics Graduate Program

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students doing research in the field of bioinformatics.  The interdisciplinary graduate program, administered by the Faculty of Science, combines training in both biological and computational methodologies.


CIHR/MSFHR Bioinformatics Program

The graduate studies programs described on this web site provide training in areas ranging from the organization and management of data, the development of algorithms and software, and application of these approaches to questions in wide-ranging areas of biology. 


UBC Department of Computer Science

The UBC Department of Computer Science, established in May 1968, is one of the top computer science departments in North America. Recognized internationally for excellence in research and teaching with a conscious focus on interdisciplinary programs, the Department encourages diversity both within its community and areas of study, and plays a leadership role in research, teaching and outreach activities to champion the understanding and integration of Computer Science within all aspects of society.


UBC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

The UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a remarkable opportunity to study with numerous world renowned faculty and research programs. The department is committed to effective, cutting-edge, ethical research.


Interdisciplinary Oncology Program (IOP)

The Interdisciplinary Oncology Program offers advanced study and research in a variety of fields relating to oncology. Those fields include: molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biophysics, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical sciences, radiological sciences, immunology, molecular pathology, sociobehavioural studies, epidemiology and health economics. 


UBC Department of Medical Genetics

The Mission of the UBC Department of Medical Genetics is to pursue basic and clinical research for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of genetic disease. The department's goal is to be a world leader in the research, clinical practice, and teaching of Genetic Medicine. The department is an inspiring and productive community of scholars of genetics and genomics; an outstanding provider of knowledge, technical expertise, and compassionate care for patients.


UBC Department of Radiology

The UBC Department of Radiology is the only academic Radiology Department in the province. It provides extensive teaching to medical students, radiology and nuclear medicine residents, radiology fellows, as well as residents in other specialties. Research mentoring and infrastructure is also provided, all in an atmosphere that is pure West Coast.


UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program

The goal of the Graduate Program in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences is to provide students with a broad knowledge of mammalian reproductive and developmental biology, as well as with in depth expertise in at least one area of research, including reproductive and molecular endocrinology, immunology of reproduction, maternal adaptations to pregnancy, women's mental health, fertilization and early embryonic development, perinatal metabolism, fetal/neonatal physiology and pathophysiology and perinatal; epidemiology.


Featured Recruiter

Dr. Samuel Aparicio, BM BCh PhD FRCPath FRSC

Distinguished Scientist, Department Head

Dr. Samuel Aparicio (BM, BCh, PhD, FRCPath, FRSC) is the Nan & Lorraine Robertson Chair in Breast Cancer Research, holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Molecular Oncology, and is the recipient of the 2014 Aubrey J Tingle Prize. He is also Head of the Department of Breast and Molecular Oncology at BC Cancer Research, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC.  

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