Committed to Research Excellence and Community Impact
Welcome to UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories, where biotechnology research and educational outreach converge to inspire creative ideas and experiments to society’s most pressing health and environmental needs.
Here at the Michael Smith Laboratories, we think differently. We collaborate with our diverse networks of peers, and encourage one another to overcome challenges and uncover innovative solutions to problems of societal importance. We work on health, broadly interpreted. We support our scientists with cutting-edge resources and tools. Together, we strive to make a difference.
The Michael Smith Laboratories’ leadership can be seen through the impact of its people and programs and the research impact that comes out of Michael Smith Labs. Fundamentally, we are enabling biotechnology research excellence.
With over 200 awards, countless high-impact publications, several biotechnology companies, outreach to thousands of high school students, and millions of dollars raised, the Michael Smith Laboratories is truly influential. The biotechnology research carried out at the Michael Smith Laboratories connects fundamental science to practical solutions needed for our future. At the core of our work, we inspire and enable research excellence in biotechnology.
We are fortunate to attract some of the brightest stars in biotechnology research. Our graduate students, research fellows, and faculty have invested their time and effort to build this community into what it is today. The MSL is not an island. Consistent with Michael Smith’s original vision, we are built on three guiding principles – research, education, and community relevance. Our outreach and science education efforts, centered at the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, connect our fundamental science to Canadian communities.
I am honoured to be a part of this unique organization and am committed to fostering an environment that will inspire the next generation of leaders in Canadian biotechnology.
– Dr. Peter Zandstra, Director, Michael Smith Laboratories