Post-BMLSc Pursuits

Brad Spiller (1989)

Brad completed his PhD in Pathology at UBC with Dr. Dana Devine in 1994.  He was subsequently recruited by one of the leading international complement research laboratories at the University Hospital of Wales, UK.  Following a successful postdoctoral position, Brad was the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Child Health, Cardiff University.

“I have always had a focus on pathogenesis in human patients, despite occasionally forming collaborations with UBC members to investigate potential therapeutics in animal models of disease.  Having training in histochemistry, clinical chemistry and toxicology have always been helpful in interfacing with physicians to access patient samples for research as well as developing clinically relevant investigations.

I was very fortunate to be mentored by outstanding individuals with a heart-felt focus on student training and apprenticeship, who made learning exciting and fun.  I have adopted similar approaches to training PhD and MD students in my lab.  More than 20 years later, I still occasionally bump into lecturers at international airports and conferences and keep in touch with people that I met through the program.”


Sherin Rahim-Jamal (1989)

After graduating from the BMLSc Program, Sherin obtained an MSc in Health Services Planning and Administration from UBC. She subsequently worked in the Department of Psychiatry and at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) at UBC. Sherin is the Leader for both the Centre for Healthy Aging and the Centre for Practitioner Renewal at Providence Health Care. She is currently enrolled in an Interdisciplinary PhD program (Social Dimensions of Health) at the University of Victoria.

“The BMLSc program provided me with a foundation in the health sciences … [What did I enjoy most about the program?] The small class size, the availability of the instructors, the willingness they had to teach and the support and guidance that was provided to students.”

John Hill (1988)

John completed his MSc and PhD degrees in Pathology at UBC. After a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, he returned to the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine where he now holds the rank of Associate Professor, and is Director of the Atherosclerosis Specialty Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital

“The BMLSc provided the basic building blocks to continue my career as a research scientist in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The most valuable experience was being exposed to a variety of disciplines within Pathology, many of which I continue to use today. The small class size allowed greater interaction with my peers and we enjoyed excellent quality of teachers.”

Terry Bainbridge (1982)

After graduating from the BMLSc Program, Terry pursued MSc (Pathology) and MD degrees at UBC, as well as a residency in Anatomical Pathology. He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Anatomical Pathology at the Baylor College of Medicine, and a Fellowship in Oncologic Surgical Pathology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.  Terry currently holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor in our department, and is a Consultant Oncologic Surgical Pathologist, BC Cancer Agency, and Surgical Pathologist, Kelowna General Hospital.

Lyla Yip (1982)

“After the BMLSc Program I obtained an MSc in Health Planning in Administration and certification as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In 2003, I became one of the first Registered Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (outside of China) and am currently practicing in Vancouver. The degree gave me a solid background in western medicine and helped me to understand about the ‘artefacts’ of laboratory findings.  What I enjoyed most about the program was the high quality of instructors.”