Kiran K. Soma is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and a member of the Psychology Department and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Dr. Soma joined the faculty at UBC in 2004. He received his BA from Stanford University, his PhD from the University of Washington, and his postdoctoral training at UCLA. He has published over 130 papers on neural circuits, hormones, behaviour, and immune function, and these papers have received over 8000 citations.
He has received major grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, US National Institutes of Health, Canada Foundation for Innovation, BC Knowledge Development Fund, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He is a recipient of a Killam Faculty Research Prize, Cattell Fund Fellowship, CIHR New Investigator Award, and MSFHR Scholar Award. In recognition of his research contributions, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He has employed and trained over 100 undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technicians from diverse backgrounds in his laboratory. His trainees have gone on to successful careers in academia, medicine, law, business, government, engineering, and the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. In honour of this distinguished history of training, he received the 2020 Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
In addition, he has instructed over 2500 undergraduates and graduate students in the classroom.