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Dr Michael Kobor


Medical Genetics

Faculty of Medicine

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Canada Research Chair

Dr. Michael S. Kobor is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC, and a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics in the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI). He was recently appointed as the Lead for the “Healthy Starts” Theme at CFRI, an organizational structure that connects 50 clinical and basic UBC faculty members broadly interested in early-life environments. Dr. Kobor also serves as the Director of the Program on Social Epigenetics at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. Dr. Kobor’s own research program is focused on illuminating the developmental origins of health and disease. Building upon deep expertise in gene regulation and epigenetics developed over the course of his career, Dr. Kobor is combining fundamental discovery research in model organisms with translational research in human populations. Through a deeply interdisciplinary research network with partners from child development, psychology, psychiatry, and epidemiology, these studies are deciphering the mechanisms by which environmental exposures and life experiences can “get under the skin” to persistently affect health and behaviour across the life course.

Dr. Kobor holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Child and Brain Development Program.

Research Interests

Gene regulation; epigenetics; the developmental origins of health and disease; effects of socioeconomic status on gene expression.