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Brad Nelson, PhD


Director and Distinguished Scientist, Deeley Research Centre, BCCA Dr. Brad Nelson (lab)

Professor, Biochemistry and Microbiology, UVIC

Adjunct Professor, Biology, UVIC

Professor, Medical Genetics, UBC



  • B.Sc., University of British Columbia, 1987

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1991


Nelson Lab: 

Postdoctoral fellows: Julie Nielsen, David Kroeger, and  Kwame Twumasi-Boateng

Graduate Students: Spencer Martin, and  Charlotte Lo

Undergraduate Students: Heather Derocher, Nicole Little and Julian Smazynski 

Research Assistants: Katy Milne 

Research Intern: 


Contact: Tel: 250-519-5705 , Fax: 250-519-2004 , Email:

Research Interests

Our lab studies the immune response to cancer with the goal of developing immune-based strategies to prevent, detect and treat cancer. We use clinical specimens and murine models to investigate the complex interaction between the immune system and cancer at distinct stages of disease, including tumour initiation, progression, metastasis and recurrence. In collaboration with other groups, we are developing a clinical trials program to bring novel immunotherapies to patients at our centre.


Specific projects include:

    • Use of genomic technologies to map the immune response to ovarian, breast, prostate,  and lymphoid cancers before, during and after standard therapy

    • Development of novel target antigens and immuno-modulatory strategies for vaccine- and cell-based cancer therapies


      Academic Affiliations

      University of VictoriaDepartment of Biochemisty and Microbiology, and Department of Biology

      University of British Columbia, Department of Medical Genetics


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