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Wan L. Lam

Dr. Wan L. Lam, Ph.D.


Senior Scientist, Cancer Genetics and Developmental Biology, at the BC Cancer Research Centre, and Clinical Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, at the University of British Columbia

Dr. Lam is a Senior Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, and Clinical Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, at the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Lam completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc (Microbiology) at the University of Alberta and completed his Ph.D. (Biochemistry at Dalhousie University. Dr. Lam was a student of Dr. W. Ford Doolittle, a member of the National Academy of Sciences. As a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University he trained with Dr. Walter Gilbert, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Today, Dr. Lam's primary research interest is in understanding the events leading to cancer progression. Early detection and treatment is key to a favorable prognosis in cancer.   His laboratory has developed novel whole genome approaches for tracking genetic, epigenetic and gene expression changes in order to identify genes and pathways critical to cancer progression, and signatures for treatment response.