Nanomedicine and Chemical Biology

The research scope of the Nanomedicine and Chemical Biology (NCB) theme includes many aspects of drug discovery, development and delivery, with an ultimate goal to improve drug efficacy and safety. We investigate molecular mechanisms for how drugs and chemical probes interact with their targets, design and synthesize compounds that are more potent and selective, develop new technologies and ex vivo disease models for compound screening, and engineer innovative delivery systems for radiopharmaceuticals, small molecule drugs, peptides, proteins and nucleic acids to improve disease therapy and diagnosis. We also develop physiologically-based pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models to characterize and predict in vivo drug behavior in order to determine optimal dosing regimens. Preclinical testing of the developed systems is done in-house with modern imaging methods, including ultrasound (IVUS), optical imaging (IVIS), and also quantitative radioactive SPECT, PET and CT imaging. NCB members collaborate extensively within and outside the theme on projects related to pharmacogenomics, gene therapy, gene editing and drug development.

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Friday, January 13, 2023: ROoTS Seminar (Host: Dr. Kate Johnson)

In-person, PHRM 3340 (strongly preferred*)


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Meeting ID: 689 3935 7289
Passcode: 946815

Seminar Title: Exploring Career Options and Job Searching

Session Overview

Are you interested in exploring career options outside of academia but aren’t sure how to get started? This interactive session will provide you with some strategies and tools as we discuss common questions from graduate students and researchers around exploring career options (including industry/non-academic careers), career planning, and applying to jobs. Please bring your questions!

*Danielle will be presenting this session in-person and to facilitate a rich discussion we hope that we can have a big in-person turnout (hint, hint). To keep the conversation flowing coffee will be provided for in-person attendees (a big thanks to the ADGPS Office for sponsoring coffee). Please consider bringing your own mug to reduce the use of disposable cups.


The format of the session will be a short presentation followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Danielle Barkley, PhD, is a Career Educator who works with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers to support graduate students at UBC. She completed her PhD at McGill University and has previous experience as a university instructor and writing consultant. Danielle is also a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation, and is working towards a certificate in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with UBC Extended Learning.

Accepting graduate students

Theme researchers are currently accepting graduate students. For details visit the Theme Researchers and Alumni page to learn about the various labs and work being conducted by our faculty and how to contact them.

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