Dr. Wan Lam is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is Deputy Head and a Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Integrative Oncology at the BC Cancer Research Centre.  He received his PhD in Biochemistry at Dalhousie University with National Academy of Sciences member Dr. W. Ford Doolittle and trained as a post-doctoral fellow with Nobel Laureate Dr. Walter Gilbert at Harvard University. He received the William E. Rawls Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society for his work. Dr. Lam is internationally recognized for his work investigating the genetic and epigenetic basis of a wide variety of cancers, especially in lung cancer. He has produced nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications and holds patents on signatures for prognosis and therapy responsiveness in lung cancer. His lab has provided academic training for over 60 graduates and post-doctoral fellows to date, many of whom have since established themselves in leading clinical and health research positions.



University of British Columbia


Current Appointments

Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Director, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, Faculty of Medicine, UBC


BSc, MSc (Microbiology), with Kenneth L. Roy, University of Alberta

PhD (Biochemistry), with W. Ford Doolittle, Dalhousie University

MRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (Cellular and Developmental Biology), with Walter Gilbert, Harvard University

Post-Doc Res Assoc (Molecular and Cellular Biology), with Walter Gilbert, Harvard University

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