Training Opportunities

High School Student Training

For one week in spring and fall, high school students have the opportunity to participate in the High School Student Science Week at the HLI. A total of 8 students are invited to participate in various hands-on laboratory sessions and seminars. For details on program content, please see the event program here. Students who participate in the High School Student Science Week are eligible to apply for the Peter D. Paré Scholarship, an eight (8) week summer internship at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (valued at $2,000).

For further information on how to apply to this program contact Education Coordinator.

Undergraduate Training

Throughout each year, 45 - 50 undergraduate students are trained at the HLI through co-operative education programs, directed studies programs or various employment opportunities. Students gain hands-on basic science laboratory experience in a research project and are mentored by Principal Investigators and laboratory staff or senior trainees including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Not only does each student learn, in detail, several laboratory techniques per 4-month or 8-month placement but, more importantly for this formative period of development, students learn the critical logic of designing scientific experiments and interpreting data.

Summer Student Research Program

From May to August, undergraduate students are hired by HLI Principal Investigators to perform various research tasks in their laboratories. During this time, the students learn practical laboratory techniques and are trained in the use of lab equipment. For many students, this program provides an invaluable first-time exposure to the workings of a science lab and is the first step in their career as a scientist. Students present their work in a Research in Progress seminar series and attend professional development seminars as well as lectures on the Introduction to the Pathogenesis of Human Disease graduate level course (Pathology 521). In addition to technical and intellectual training, students learn to present their original work at the end-of-summer Student Research Day.

Students interested in becoming summer students at HLI are encouraged to send the following to the Centre’s Educational Coordinator:

  • A personal Resume
  • A copy of the most recent undergraduate transcript
  • A half-page synopsis with reasons for wanting research experience, as well as a short statement of career goals

All the above can be mailed directly to HLI or sent as an e-mail to Educational Coordinator.
It is recommended for students to search for funding opportunities as students who arrive with some funding are more likely to be considered. The University of British Columbia offers the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) and the Faculty of Medicine’s Summer Student Research Program (SSRP). Another option to try is Employment and Social Development Canada.

For additional information about summer student training opportunities please contact our team.

Graduate Training

Faculty at the HLI provide graduate training for students in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Advanced courses in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pathophysiology and Pathogenesis of Human Disease are taught by our faculty members.

For additional information about graduate training opportunities please see the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Post-Doctoral Training and Visiting Scientists

We are recognized around the world for our excellence in post-graduate training in the imaging, cell analysis, and phenotyping of pulmonary and cardiovascular disease. Such training has forged important international research links which continue to be a source of synergy and collaboration.

Post-doctoral Fellows and Visiting Scientists are provided with the opportunity to enhance their research experience by participating in seminars and professional development workshops.