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President and Vice Chancellor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Santa Jeremy Ono became the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in 2016.

As a professor of medicine and biology, Prof. Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. He was also inducted by Johns Hopkins into its Society of Scholars, which honours former faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors, USA.

Prof. Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness.

As a university administrator, Prof. Ono is also known for his vision beyond the laboratory. He was the first Asian-American president of the University of Cincinnati when he was appointed in 2012. Previously, he served as the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to his recruitment to the University of Cincinnati, Prof. Ono was Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost at Emory University.


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    President and Vice Chancellor, University of British Columbia