Assistant Dean (Research)
Welcome to research in the Max Rady College of Medicine!

The Max Rady College of Medicine garners approximately ½ of total research funding at the University of Manitoba. The Vice Dean (Research; Dr. Peter Nickerson) Research Office supports this endeavor through a variety of initiatives. Faculty researchers obtain funding from numerous national, international and local agencies to support their research in a wide range of areas. Some strategic areas of excellence include:

  • Cardiovascular and respiratory sciences
  • Cell biology and gene technology
  • Community, family and population health sciences
  • Endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition
  • Genomics and proteomics *(emerging)
  • Imaging and biodiagnostics *
  • Immunology and infectious diseases
  • Neuroscience and mental health
  • Nutraceuticals and functional foods *
  • Regenerative medicine and epigenetics *

The Assistant Dean (Research) is currently Dr. Kevin Coombs. Dr. Coombs obtained his BA degrees in Biology and English from the State University of New York in Geneseo, NY, and his PhD degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. After post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, he joined the faculty at the University of Manitoba in 1990.

He is currently a professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, with cross-appointments in the Department of Physiology, the Department of Microbiology/Faculty of Science, and the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. His laboratory studies virus assembly and quantitative proteomics of virus-induced host cell responses.

The Assistant Dean (Research) supports the Vice Dean (Research) by overseeing and coordinating:

  • National granting agency operating grant internal pre-review
  • The Faculty-wide weekly “Edge of Science & Medicine” Seminar Series and yearly Translational Research Symposium
  • Serving as Vice-Chair of the Biosafety Advisory Committee
  • Operational oversight of basic science core platforms

Please explore the many research opportunities available at the University of Manitoba and in the Max Rady College of Medicine by surfing this site. We welcome you becoming part of our community!



Dr. Kevin Coombs
Assistant Dean (Research)
Max Rady College of Medicine
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
204. 789.3375