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I have had the privilege of teaching over 20,000 students in the Faculties of Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Engineering at UBC since 2005. I made seminal contributions to the pulmonary block of our medical undergraduate curriculum, established the the physiology co-operative education, modernized our human physiology laboratory courses and designed a unique course for early undergraduates to explore essential skills and concepts in biomedical research. My goal is to inspire my students to think critically and to create opportunities for effective communication and informed debate.


I have served on key committees in the Faculties of Science and Medicine including the MD Admission, MD/PhD Selection, Undergraduate Science Curriculum as well as departmental teaching, peer review, awards, merit, and headship search committees. I serve as the Undergraduate Academic Advisor for the Honours B.Sc. specialization in Cellular Anatomical & Physiological Sciences, course director in CAPS 200, CAPS 303, CAPS 422 and lecturer in CAPS 301 and BMEG 350.


In my free time, I dance Argentine tango, DJ, travel, play backgammon, ski and try to keep up with my students, adult children, and my grandchild's milestones.


Postdoctoral Fellow Respiratory Division, Faculty of Medicine, UBC 1995

Ph.D.  Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC 1994 (mentor: J.D.Road)

M.Sc.  Zoology, Faculty of Science, UBC 1988 (mentor W.K. Milsom)

B.Sc. Hon Biopsychology, Faculty of Science, UBC 1983


  1. Phrenic motoneuron firing rates during brief inspiratory resistive loads.Road J, Osborne S, Cairns A. J Appl Physiol.1995 Nov;79(5):1540-5.

  2. Stability of evoked parasternal intercostal muscle electromyogram at increased end-expiratory lung volume.
    Road JD, Osborne S, Cairns A. J Appl Physiol 1995 Apr;78(4):1485-8.

  3. Diaphragm and phrenic nerve activities during inspiratory loading in anesthetized rabbits.
    Osborne S, Road JD. Respir Physiol. 1995 Mar;99(3):321-30.

  4. Delayed post stimulus decrease of phrenic motoneuron output produced by phrenic nerve afferent stimulation.Road JD, Osborne S,Wakai Y J.Appl.Physiol. 1993 74: 68-72.

  5. Ventilation is coupled to metabolic demands during progressive hypothermia in rodents.
    Osborne S, Milsom W.K. Respiration Physiology 1993 92: 305-318.

  6. Monocyte inflammatory mediators impair in vitro hamster diaphragm contractility.
    Wilcox P, Osborne S, Bressler B Amer.Rev.Resp.Disease1992 146: 462-6.

  7. Effect of vagal stimulation and parenteral acetylcholine on canine trachealis muscle shortening.
    Okazawa M, Wakai Y, Osborne S, Paré PD, Road JD. J Appl Physiol. 1992 Jun;72(6):2463-8.

  8. Exponential analysis of the pressure-volume curve. Correlation with mean linear intercept and emphysema in human lungs.
    Osborne S, Hogg JC, Wright JL, Coppin C, Paré PD.Am Rev Respir Dis. 1988 May;137(5):1083-8.

  9. Effect of autonomic blockade on tracheobronchial blood flow.
    Baile EM, Osborne S, Paré PD.J Appl Physiol (1985). 1987 Feb;62(2):520-5.

  10. Site of bronchodilatation with inhaled ipratropium bromide and fenoterol in normal subjects.
    Santamaria J, Guillemi S, Osborne S, Coppin C, Dahlby R, Paré PD. Chest. 1987 Jan;91(1):86-90.

  11. The diagnosis of emphysema. A computed tomographic-pathologic correlation.
    Bergin C, Müller N, Nichols DM, Lillington G, Hogg JC, Mullen B, Osborne S, Paré PD. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1986 Apr;133(4):541-6.

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