Research Program Office

The Department Research Program aspires to to promote and facilitate research and research productivity across the department at both the faculty and trainee level. The departmental strategic plan and the two departmental research advisory groups guide our focus and initiatives.

Research Program Team

Janice S. Kwon, MD, MPH, FRCSC, Vice Head UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr. Kwon was appointed as Associate Head of Research in 2019.  She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Gynecologic Oncology subspecialty (fellowship) training program at UBC.  Her research interests include population-based research in gynecologic malignancies, and cost-effectiveness modeling of testing criteria and prevention strategies for hereditary cancer syndromes.  She holds a Health Professional Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Jessie Dhillon, Research Manager

Jessie started her career in research as a volunteer with one of her duties being Friday’s fridge cleaner. Since then, she has moved up in the ranks and gained many skills and achievements as a research coordinator and research manager.

Jessie joined UBC in 2007 and has worked within the Department of Wood Science, and the Faculty of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Paediatric Emergency and Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. During this time, she has managed over 50 research studies/clinical trials contributing in protocol development through to publication.  Previous to joining UBC, Jessie worked in an organic chemistry lab for 5 years as an environmental analyst. Jessie holds a Diploma of Technology from BCIT in Chemical Sciences, a Bachelor of Science Specialization in Immunology and Infection from the University of Alberta, and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional with the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA).

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