W. Robert McMaster

Vice Dean, Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Degrees / Designations 

Ph.D. (Biochemistry), University of Oxford
M.Sc. (Microbiology and Immunology), University of British Columbia

Mailing Address 
6/F, 2635 Laurel Street Vancouver


Academic Appointment 
Body Locations and Systems 
Immune System and Disorders
Other Areas of Research 
Molecular Immunology
Transplant Immunology

Dr. McMaster received a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) that was followed by a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His research interests are in the areas of molecular immunology, parasitology and transplant immunology He is actively involved with national and international granting agencies including the World Health Organization, Canadian Institutes of Health Research where he serves as the a Member on the National Advisory Committee for Strategies on Patient Oriented Research, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, having served as Chair of the Research Advisory Council.

Dr. McMaster is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and was Head of the Department from 2000-2010. Dr. McMaster also held the positions as Director of the Immunity and Infection Research Centre at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Director of Transplant Immunology for British Columbia Transplant. He was appointed the Vice President Research Vancouver Coastal Health, Executive Director, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia in 2010. He was appointed the Chair of the Board for Research Canada in 2017. Dr. McMaster is a member of the Health Research Council of BC, a member of the Board of Directors of Transplant Research Foundation of BC, a member of the Board of Medical Device Development Centre, a member of the Board of Directors for HealthCareCAN and is the Vice Dean, Research for the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia. In 2020, Dr. McMaster was appoitned the Vice Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.

Current Projects 

Studies in Molecular Parasitology
Biomarkers in Transplantation
Studies in Molecular Parasitology