Centre for Macular Research


Dr. R.S. Molday, Professor & Division Head
Dr. D. Albiani, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. J. Barton, Professor
Dr. R.M. Douglas, Associate Professor
Dr. F. Forooghian, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. C. Y. Gregory-Evans, Professor
Dr. K. Gregory-Evans, Professor
Dr. A. Kirker, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. P. Ma, Clinical Professor
Dr. D. Maberley, Professor
Dr. J.A. Matsubara, Professor
Dr. A. Merkur, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. O.L. Moritz, Associate Professor
Dr. M. Potter, Visiting Professor
Dr. W. Ross, Clinical Professor
Dr. N. Swindale, Professor


The Centre for Macular Research (CMR) is leading the way with a research program focused on macular degeneration and other diseases affecting vision. The centre’s strength lies in the expertise and accomplishments of its faculty, coupled with the university’s partnerships with the teaching hospitals. Healthcare, both locally in BC and nationally in Canada, is advanced by the Centre’s commitment to excel in basic science, translational research and clinical expertise, and towards finding a cure for blindness.

The CMR is affiliated with both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI).

The mission of the VCHRI is to ensure that research in the health authority “leads and excels in the generation of health knowledge through discovery, education, application and evaluation”. In line with this mission, the goal of the CMR is to combine its strength in basic and translational science with the centre’s clinical expertise to lead the way towards new treatments and cures for retinal disease.

The CMR represents collaboration between faculty members of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. This impressive team of basic and clinical scientists have come together to create an interdisciplinary environment to maximize scientific discovery and train the next generation of researchers and clinicians.

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  • Postdoctoral Fellows: Postdoctoral research positions are available at the CMR. For information about currently available positions, please contact individual faculty members directly.
  • Graduate Students: Graduate students are accepted by CMR members through the UBC Graduate Program in Neuroscience, as well as other UBC departments affiliated with individual CMR members. Prospective graduate students interested in vision research should contact individual CMR members directly.
  • Position Available:
    Research Associate Position at the Ocular Inflammation and Retinal Disease LaboratoryThe Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia seeks applications for a Research Associate in Ocular Inflammation and Retinal Disease.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, performing experiments and drafting scientific manuscripts for publication in high ranked journals.  He/She will write ethics protocols and submit for REB approval. Independently reproduce, evaluate research and improve techniques currently used. Also, monitor and implement the concepts of quality management for laboratory. He/She will function autonomously with minimal supervision.

    The candidate will be required to interact with graduate students and research technician and coordinate the efforts of lab members in conjunction with the Principle Investigator. Expected start date is October 1, 2017.


    The successful candidate will hold a MD and PhD degree in a related field and minimum five (5) years of related research management and administration experience, or an equivalent combination of education; training and experience.

    Demonstrated experience on strategic planning and developing research projects and /or programs. Experienced conducting clinical trials. Computer experience required and proficiency in Microsoft office, GraphPad prism, flow Jo, Photoshop and NIS-Elements. Proficiency in immunological methods including flow cytometry, cell sorting, ELISA, immunoprecipitation, chromatin immune-precipitation (ChIP), and in vivo cytokine capture assays.

    The candidate should have demonstrated grant writing skills with a proven record of an ability to attract funding.

    The candidate should be highly collaborative, self-motivated, team-oriented, and have excellent communication skills.

    Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Please email your cover letter and CV to Prof. Joanne Matsubara at jms@mail.ubc.ca by the closing date is August 26th, 2017.