Mary grew up in Vancouver, and pursued her undergraduate training at McGill University to see a different side of Canada and experience a proper Canadian winter. While there she acquired a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and a lot of thick sweaters. A long standing interest in neuroscience prompted her to enrol in the University of Calgary Leaders in Medicine program, which enabled her to complete a Master of Science in Neuroscience as well as her medical degree. Her Masters was in the Whelan lab, investigating the role of endogenous serotonin in fictive locomotor patterns produced by spinal cord central pattern generators in neonatal mice. She was delighted to discover that neurology in neonatal humans is its own discipline, and thoroughly enjoyed her five year Paediatric Neurology residency at BC Children’s hospital. Mary is very excited to join the Clinician Investigator program and complete a clinical fellowship in paediatric stroke and neurocritical care at Alberta Children’s Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Adam Kirton, as well as a second Master of Science in Clinical
Epidemiology at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hill. The focus of her research will be an epidemiology approach to understanding the mechanisms and risk factors that underlie neonatal stroke.
Dr. Kadatz completed medical school at the University of British Columbia (UBC), followed by his internal medicine residency and general nephrology fellowship. He was also the chief medical resident at the Vancouver General Hospital during his internal medicine residency. After the completion of a kidney transplant fellowship at the University of Toronto, he moved back to Vancouver to complete a Masters of Science in Epidemiology through the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, and to complete the Clinician Investigator Program. His areas of research interest include the epidemiology and health economic consequences of high risk kidney transplantation.
Jean-Michel completed his undergraduate and graduate training in Chemical Engineering, followed by medical school at McGill University. He then completed training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of British Columbia. He is interested in antineoplastic drug development with a focus on early-phase clinical trials, precision medicine and biomarkers for immunotherapy with a special focus on genito-urinary cancers. He is joining the CIP to pursue those interests through a Masters in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the BC Cancer Agency.
Jessica completed medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She started her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at UBC in August 2016. She is currently completing a Master of Health Science degree at UBC, and is interested in how perinatal epidemiology can reduce disparities in maternal and fetal health outcomes.
Nicole Mak is a 3rd year resident in the General Surgery program at the University of British Columbia. She began her university studies in her hometown of Saskatoon. At the University of Saskatchewan, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry. During this time, she continued pursuing studies in the arts, completing a Bachelor’s of Arts in French in addition to receiving performing arts diplomas in piano and violin performance.
Nicole then moved to Montreal to study medicine at McGill University. Her academic work at McGill included research in critical care as well as the medical humanities. She was eventually drawn to surgery and crossed the country to Vancouver to train as a general surgeon. As part of the UBC clinician investigator program, Nicole is now taking time away from clinical residency to focus on her interest in the outcomes of the growing population of frail older patients undergoing major surgery.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria, David moved out to the University of Toronto for his medical degree. He returned home to Vancouver to pursue residency in Orthopaedics at UBC. He has been involved with orthopaedic clinical outcomes research primarily in non-geriatric femoral neck fractures. David is pausing after his PGY-3 year of surgical training to complete a Masters in Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Dave Wilson at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM). His research will utilize an upright, standing MRI to determine whether knee cartilage strain patterns differ in patients who have had repaired meniscal tears and reconstructed ACL ruptures, with an eye towards improving the care for these conspicuous injuries and their significant risk of post-traumatic arthritis. Outside of work, David enjoys being active outside and traveling with his wife.
Dr. Keerit Tauh is currently a 4th year UBC Cardiac Surgery Resident who is actively pursuing a Master’s of Science in Experimental Medicine at UBC under the supervision of Dr. David Granville. He began his academic career at the University of Victoria where he studied Biochemistry and Immunology during his undergrad. His interests in physiology and anatomy led him to pursuing medical school at the University of Alberta where he immediately took an interest in surgery. Upon completion of medical school, he moved to Vancouver to pursue a residency in Cardiac Surgery. Here, his clinical research has focused on heart failure, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and valvular heart disease.
Outside of academics, Keerit is an avid soccer player and has previously played at the provincial and national levels. He has continued his love for the sport through coaching both youth and adult competitive programs across British Columbia for several years.
When he is not in the operating room, the laboratory, or the soccer pitch, he can be found with a pack of clothes on his back travelling the world and capturing its beauty through photography. Recently, Keerit has followed his interests in travel and medical education to Surmang, Tibet where he taught local Tibetan physicians the principles of cardiopulmonary physiology and the management of heart disease. Presently, Keerit is organizing a program to send fellow UBC Residents and Medical Students to Surmang to also pursue international medical experiences.
My Linh Thibodeau
My Linh will be completing research on inherited cancer predisposition syndromes and cancer genomics during her studies in the Bioinformatics graduate program and the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP). After obtaining her medical degree at Laval University in 2013, My Linh moved to the west coast to study with the Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Training Program at the University of British Columbia. She recently discovered her passion for research and dedicated her PGY-4 year to cancer genomics research at the Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre under the supervision of Steven J.M. Jones and Kasmintan A. Schrader. During that year, My Linh acquired an essential foundation in bioinformatics by learning basic coding skills (Linux, Python), using sequencing data analysis tools and databases, interpreting genomic and transcriptomic data in the context of germline cancer susceptibility alleles and exploring germline and tumor sequencing data to find possible unifying mechanisms.
During the CIP, My Linh will investigate the use of whole genome and whole transcriptome sequencing to identify potential novel germline cancer predisposition genes, as well as biologically and clinically relevant clues to tumor behavior and targeted cancer therapies. My Linh’s research yielded many interesting results, the most recent of which being a significant upregulation in her love of visual arts and music.
Ying Wang completed her medical degree at the University of Calgary, and residency training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of British Columbia. She is completing her Clinician Investigator Program at McMaster University under the direction of Dr. Peter Ellis, with research an interest in health economics and health services research pertaining to thoracic oncology.