Verchere, Bruce

Portrait photo of Bruce  Verchere


Verchere, Bruce

BSc, MSc, PhD (Brit. Col.)

Academic Ranks(s):

Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Surgery



Short Bio

Dr. Bruce Verchere is a professor in the departments of surgery and pathology & laboratory medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and head of the Diabetes Research Program at the Child & Family Research Institute.

He is also the chair of the National Research Council at the Canadian Diabetes Association, and chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Diabetes, Obesity and Lipids grant review panel. Verchere’s research focuses on understanding how pancreatic beta cells normally function, and why they are dysfunctional and die in type 1 and type 2 diabetes and following islet transplantation. He holds the Irving K Barber Chair in Diabetes Research at UBC, and is a recipient of MSFHR’s 2006 Senior Scholar


Academic Background

  • Post-doctoral fellow (Molecular Biology), University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. 1997
  • Post-doctoral fellow (Medicine), Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Seattle, Washington Department of Medicine, Seattle, WA. 1996
  • PhD, University of British Columbia, Physiology. 1991
  • MSc, University of British Columbia, Physiology. 1987
  • BSc, University of British Columbia, Cell Biology. 1983

Awards and Recognition


For a list of Dr. Verchere’s publications, click here.


Research Interest

  • Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
  • Beta cell biology, islet amyloid, amylin, insulin, prohormone processing, apoptosis, hormone secretion, transgenic mice, islet transplantation, autoantigens, histology

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Teaching Interest