Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Magazine


From the Department Head

As one of the largest comprehensive Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Departments in the world, our education stream includes undergraduate BMLSC, UGME, graduate (MSC, PhD, Post-doctoral fellowships), post graduate (residency training and fellowships), CME and certificate programs. Our research stream covers basic science, translational and clinical applied research programs. Our faculty members are distributed in all the hospitals across the province, 9 research institutes and the university campuses. Hundreds of students and trainees come through the department every year. This edition of newsletter only captures a snapshot of some of the activities and excellent accomplishments that have occurred within the department in the last 6 months.

In the area of research, the department has been awarded two new Tier 1 Canadian Research Chairs (Dr. Jay Kizhakkedathu and Dr. Dr. Aly Karsan) which is the highest recognition and support in the country. Dr. Christian Steidl received 6 million dollars research grant to continue his ground-breaking research in lymphoma. Dr. Samuel Aparicio’s team published their cutting-edge discovery in Nature. The MAPcore and the BCbiobank continues functions as the center of infrastructure support to all researchers. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced 4.1 million dollar investment to renovate and improve dedicated UBC biocontainment research space at BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). Again, we have been successful in securing a large number of grants to fund ongoing investigations into cancer, infectious diseases, and neurodegenerative disorders. Additionally, faculty members have been recognized for their contributions to the field through numerous publications , prizes, and presentations at national and international conferences. Congratulations to all of you!

The department has made strides in education, including the successful launch of several new courses and the production of a short promotional video for the Anatomical Pathology Residency Program, which will help to recruit the brightest candidates. Additionally, Nicole Herbers has developed a virtual Gross Pathology Seminar Series for Anatomical Pathology Residents. The graduate program is updating its curriculum and has created a "Did You Know" corner in their newsletter. The first new online textbook has been released from the David Hardwick Pathology Learning Center. There are many new and exciting initiatives in the CMPT and lab quality program.

As we are in the improvement and expansion mode, the demand for financial support is greater and financial challenges persist. I want to express my utmost gratitude to Dr. Noble for his donation to establish the Michael A Noble and Family Award for Laboratory Quality. The department welcomes donations like this or any other kind that could help to take our academic mission to the next level. In the last few months, we have been working to create a strategic plan for the Department. Everybody is thinking and discussing “how can we do things differently to achieve even better results?”. As such, there has been a lot of innovative ideas put forward regarding research and education that will be considered by our Strategic Planning Steering Committee in April. Overall, the UBC Pathology Department has demonstrated its continuing effort to advance the field of pathology through groundbreaking research, innovative education, and a focus on creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the community.

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Diagnosis Challenge
Put your medical knowledge to the test and join the fun with our new Diagnosis Challenge column!

What is the diagnosis? | What is the treatment? | What else must the pathologist do?

  • 40 year old male presents with several weeks of crampy abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea containing mucus and weight loss.
  • CRP is 60
  • A colonoscopy is performed and a biopsy obtained.
  • The following are photomicrograph of the biopsies (H&E 200 X).

DIAGNOSIS: Entamoeba (histolyitca vs. dispar); PCR testing is available to differentiate between these.


  • Patient is symptomatic, requires systemic treatment (eg. Metronidazole or other).
  • Eradicate intestinal carriage, requires intraluminal agent (eg. Paromomycin or other).

What else is required: Entamoeba is a reportable disease..

Featured Research News

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Did you know?

The Seed Lending Library at UBC Vancouver conserves precious seed varieties by allowing the public to sign out seeds for growing, harvesting, and passing on to other gardeners.

Pathology Day 2023

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jana Lipkova , Pathology Department, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She will be giving a talk on Artificial Intelligence in Pathology.

James Hogg lecturer: – Dr. Jay Kizhakkedathu

Important dates:

  • Pathology Day: JUNE 1, 2023
  • Call for abstracts is now open - the submission deadline is Friday 5pm March 31, 2023
  • Internal Awards for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is now open - the submission deadline is Friday 5pm March 31, 2023

We'll be providing more details about the conference in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out!

notable accomplishments

since August 2022

Dr. Monsalve recently attended the 10th World Congress on Mummy Studies and 4th Bolzano Congress held in Bolzano, Italy, which provided multidisciplinary insights into ancient life.

newly promoted faculty members

  • Grant, Jennifer - Clinical Professor (VGH)
  • Tyson, Christine - Clinical Associate Professor (BCCH)

    Honours & Awards

  • Aly Karsan - Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
  • Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu - Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
  • Samuel Aparicio - Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Renewal
  • Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu - Logan Boulet Humanitarian Award
  • Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu - Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Aly Karsan - Killam Research Prize
  • Tracy Tucker - Killam Teaching Prize
  • Cheryl Wellington - Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research Award
  • Cornelia Laule - Overall Excellence — Mid-Career Award
  • David Goldfarb - Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
  • Anna Wilkinson - VCHRI Research Excellence Staff Award
  • Jennifer Xenakis - The Richard Hare Award

CIHR Grants

  • Veronica Hirsch Reinshagen (Neuropathology of cognitive impairment in chronic schizophrenia)
  • Honglin Luo (Innate immune mechanisms of viral myocarditis: Role of the cytosolic DNA-sensing pathway)
  • Cheryl Wellington (Using translational biomarkers to define whether plane of motion and complexity of head kinematics modifies biomarker and neuropathological responses to concussion in mice and humans )
  • Jay Kizhakkedathu (Localized immuno-cloaking organ engineering approach to prevent transplant rejection without immunosuppressants )
  • David Granville - CIHR Prize: Award of Excellence in Research in Aging
  • Aly Karsan - CIHR Project Grant
  • Cheryl Wellington - CIHR Project Grant
  • Chun Seow - CIHR Project Grant
  • David Granville - CIHR Project Grant
  • Jacqueline Quandt - CIHR Project Grant

    NSERC Discovery Grant

  • Andrew Roth - NSERC Discovery Grant
  • Honglin Luo - NSERC Discovery Grant

2022 Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grants

  • Christian Steidl - Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grant
  • David Huntsman
  • Ali Bashashati
  • Naveena Singh
  • Yemin Wang
  • Blake Gilks
  • Andrew Roth

    2022 Health Research BC’s Funding

  • Ramon Klein Geltink
  • Ying Wang
  • Leandro Venturutti
  • Ali Bashashati
  • Mari DeMarco - Michael Smith Health Research BC
  • Andrew JL Roth - Michael Smith Health Research BC
  • Ramon Klein Geltink - Michael Smith Health Research BC Funding

    Other Grants

  • Cheryl Wellington - Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health’s Alzheimer Disease Research Grant
  • Cornelia Laule - Health Innovation Funding Investment Award
  • Torsten Nielsen - Cancer Research Society Grant
  • Poul Sorensen - Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Grant
  • Samuel Aparicio - Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Grant
  • Samuel Aparicio - Canadian Blood Services Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program
  • Ramon Klein Geltink - 2022 Scholar Award Recipients, Health Research BC’s Funding