Michael Kobor

Professor @ University of British Columbia

Dr. Michael S. Kobor, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Kobor has received many distinctions, including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development, and an appointment as Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Child and Brain Development Program.

A champion for translational research, he serves as the Lead for the “Healthy Starts” Theme at BC Children’s Hospital, and as a Research Leader of AllerGen’s Gene-Environment Interactions Enabling Platform. 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’s translational research in human populations is taking a life course approach to understand human health. Through a large 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 lifespan.