Eric Zhao, BSc’13, 2019 UBC MAA Student Leadership Award Recipient

Eric Zhao, BSc’13, is a data scientist and health innovator in genomics and oncology. As an MD/PhD student, he has co-authored over 25 original research articles, reviews, and book chapters and has delivered oral platform presentations at leading international conferences such as AACR, AGBT, and ASCO. Eric’s PhD dissertation involved developing computational methods to personalize cancer therapy using whole-genome DNA stability analysis. For his accomplishments he has received the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award, Lloyd Skarsgard Research Excellence Award, and Vanier Canada Scholarship. Eric has served as vice chair of the UBC Vancouver Senate and president of the UBC Medical Undergraduate Society. Eric co-leads a Faculty of Medicine strategic working group on disruptive innovation in medical education. In 2015, he co-founded a start-up tailoring evidence-based medication care plans for patients with complex health needs. Nationally, Eric advised on the CIHR Strategic Working Group on Health Research Training and served as VP Internal of the Clinician-Investigator Trainee Association of Canada.

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