Glen Tibbits

Glen Tibbits competed his bachelor’s degree at McGill University and subsequently pursued graduate studies at UCLA. During these studies, he developed a profound curiosity about the electrical and contractile properties of the heart and completed his MSc and PhD at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. Being awarded an American Heart Association Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF), he studied cardiac pharmacology in Niigata, Japan in year one and cardiac biophysics at the UCLA School of Medicine in year two. He subsequently was appointed an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at UCLA and then Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. When a Faculty position opened at Simon Fraser University, he chose to return to Canada after an absence of 15 years. At SFU he was appointed as full Professor in 1992 and a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Cardiac Physiology from 2004-2018 which allowed him to build a research program incorporating the use of human induced pluripotent stem cells differentiated into cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) to understand better inherited cardiac arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies.