Career Day

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 3:00-5:00
Chan Auditorium, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (950 West 28th Avenue)

This event provides research graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Faculty of Medicine with the opportunity to hear from and network with professionals with advanced degrees in medicine working in a variety of different fields. Food and refreshments will be served.

Tentative Schedule

2:30-3:00 pm – Registration
3:00-3:45 pm – Career Expert Panel with Q&A
3:45-4:00 pm – Short Break
4:00-5:00 pm – Speed Table Sessions


Registration for this event, as well as a full list of Career Experts, will be posted in 2019.

Previous Career Days

Dr. Jehannine Austin is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics. Her research work focuses on using clinical genetics to improve outcomes for people with psychiatric illnesses and includes studying the impact of genetic counseling for people with psychiatric disorders and their families. Based on her research data, she founded the world’s first specialist psychiatric genetic counseling service that has won an award for its impact on patient outcomes, and in addition to peer-reviewed publications, has written a book, and won awards for teaching, leadership, and research. She was 2016 President of the US-based, 3500 member, National Society of Genetic Counselors, and is a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and was selected in 2017 from 3700 nominees as one of CAMHs 150 leading Canadians for mental health.


Dr. Claudia Krebs is a Professor of Teaching, Cellular & Physiological Sciences, and holds both an MD and a PhD. She has expertise in anatomy, body donation, medical education, flipped classrooms, flexible learning, neuroanatomy, and neuroscience education. As a Professor of Teaching, she focuses on giving instruction in the fields of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy for a broad range of students, including trainees in the MD undergraduate program, allied health professions, and biomedical engineering students. She is the principal author of Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Neuroscience and the accompanying Flashcard set.


Dr. Andrew Ming-Lum is an associate at Gowling WLG LLP, practising in the Intellectual Property and Life Science groups. Andrew assists clients in patent drafting and prosecution, with a focus on inventions in the biotechnology, immunology, molecular biology and biochemistry fields. Andrew also advises clients on other patent-related issues, such as validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew earned his doctorate in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia, where his research led to the characterization and development of novel anti-inflammatory therapeutics. He also worked for several years in the pre-clinical pharmacology department of a Vancouver-based pharmaceutical company.


Dr. Joseph Puyat is an Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health and a Scientist and Research Methodologist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS). He obtained his PhD in Population and Public Health from the University of British Columbia and his previous training includes an MSc in Health Care and Epidemiology and an MA in Social Psychology. His research focuses on the use of big data analytics and linked, large health administrative databases to examine treatment and quality gaps in depression care.


Dr. Kate Smolina is the Director of the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health, a partnership between the Ministry of Health and all Health Authorities to advance non-communicable disease, injury, and risk and protective factor surveillance in BC. Prior to her current role, Kate worked as a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, looking at the full spectrum of factors that influence population medicine use and associated health outcomes. Her interests include chronic disease surveillance, linked administrative data, and health policy. She holds a BSc in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Oxford.


Dr. Grace T. Tharmarajah received her Bachelor of Science at Queen’s University in Canada. Her Honours Thesis focused used Drosophila as a genetic model. She continued her Masters at Queen’sUniversity, looking at genes that modulate aging in long-lived and short-lived animal models. Subsequently, she arrived in Vancouver, Canada to pursue her PhD at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Medical Genetics. Her projects focused on using mice to elucidate the pathways that regulate pigmentation in the context of melanomas and hypopigmented diseases, such as Vitiligo. Following her PhD, Dr. Tharmarajah was hired by Precision NanoSystems, Inc (PNI) to develop the arm of the company centred around reagents designed for molecular biologists. Initially hired as a Business Development Associate, she eventually moved into the role of a Product Manager and worked with several departments in the company to develop new products and support existing applications. A few weeks ago, she started as a Product Marketing Manager at STEMCELL Technologies.


Dr. Michelle Wong is the Senior Director, Research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.  In this capacity, her main role involves creating and implementing high profile strategic and key pan-institution initiatives.  She leads the portfolio management and program delivery capability to enable the Faculty and University to evaluate and implement a broad range of enterprise-wide strategic initiatives.   Dr. Wong has held various senior leadership roles related to research, business development, and strategic initiatives over the last ten years.  Prior to UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, she was the Executive Director at PrioNet Canada, a successful Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), a joint initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Industry Canada.  Throughout her career, Dr. Wong has received many awards and scholarships with provincial and international distinction. Furthermore, she currently sits on many Committees and has had roles on various Board of Directors.