Welcome New Faculty!
  1. Mehwish Anwer, MPhil, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow; Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

    Supervisor: Dr. Cheryl Wellington

Hello everyone! I joined the Wellington lab for my Postdoctoral fellowship in January 2021 where I am investigating the aftermath of Traumatic brain injury using techniques such as tissue clearing (making brains transparent!). I moved to Vancouver from Quebec City where I was briefly engaged in research at Universite Laval. Prior to that, I completed my PhD (in March 2020) from University of Eastern Finland through the Marie Curie PhD Fellowship awarded by the European Union. My research interest includes studying Brain and Spinal cord injury using new methods to answer old longstanding questions. In my free time, I like to paint and go on long drives with my husband to enjoy the beautiful scenery in BC.

  1. Ashish Kumar, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow; BC Cancer Research Centre

    Supervisor: Dr. Poul Sorensen

I grew up in a small town Kangra located in the Himalayan range of Northern India. Prior to coming to Vancouver, I did my doctorate degree at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India, where I explored the role of Sestrins in mitochondrial homeostasis by regulating autophagy and metabolism. After completion of my doctorate degree, I got a chance to work with Dr. Pekka Katajisto as a postdoctoral fellow, where using organoids and mice models, I was tracing the metabolic crosstalk between the intestinal stem and niche cells and reckoning its relevance to regeneration. Recently, I joined Dr. Poul Sorensen’s lab at BC Cancer Research Centre where I am intrigued to explore organelle’s contribution to rewire metabolism and regulating Ewing’s Sarcoma progression. Outside of work, I enjoy painting and spending time with my lovely daughter!

  1. Zhongchuan Will Chen, MDCM, FRCPC, DABPath

    Clinical Associate Professor, UBC

    Staff Pathologist, Vernon Jubilee Hospital

I grew up in Montreal, from where I obtained my medical degree at McGill University. I then completed residency in Anatomical Pathology at University of Toronto, followed by a fellowship in hematopathology at ARUP Labs/University of Utah. I currently practice surgical pathology and hematopathology at Vernon Jubilee Hospital part-time, while maintaining a busy lymphoma pathology consultation service at the Cross Cancer Institute/University of Alberta in Edmonton the rest of the time. I find this unique combination of community and tertiary practice highly rewarding; not a day goes by without an interesting and intellectually stimulating case! I invite pathology residents and medical students to come rotate with our wonderful group of pathologists in Vernon. Outside of work, I enjoy all the outdoor activities the beautiful Okanagan has to offer, especially on Kal Lake, a stone's throw from the Vernon hospital. Nothing beats paddleboarding on a crystal clear lake after a day's work!

  1. Georgina Barnabas, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow; BC Children’s Hospital and Research Institute

    Supervisor: Dr. Philipp Lange

Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dr. Philipp Lange’s group in BC Children’s Hospital and Research Institute. Originally from India, moved to Israel for my PhD in the Tel Aviv University in 2014. My doctoral research was on identifying early stage biomarkers of Ovarian Cancer through proteomics technologies. I relocated to Vancouver in 2021 for my postdoctoral training and enjoying every minute of my time here. My postdoctoral research projects involve studying the molecular components of pediatric cancers including Neuroblastoma and Leukemia, focusing on the mechanisms driving the cancer cells to be different from the healthy cells. I employ proteomics and bioinformatic approaches to address my research questions. I enjoy experiencing new cultures, love traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

  1. Gwen Clarke, MD FRCPC

    Clinical Professor, Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

    Hematopathologist - Canadian Blood Services

I am a hematopathologist and transfusion medicine physician. I trained and later worked for many years in Edmonton and at the University of Alberta where I did my medical and post graduate training. Currently I work in transfusion medicine with Canadian Blood Services, where I am the medical lead for the donor testing and diagnostic patient testing laboratories. I also work in diagnostic hematopathology with Island Health in Victoria. My clinical research interests include rare red cell phenotypes and perinatal immunohematology testing. I teach residents in transfusion medicine and serve as the secretary general of the international society for blood transfusion. When I am not at work, I love to bake bread, read books and go on long rambles with my dog Kell, who is named for a blood group antigen.

  1. Sakara Hutspardol, MD, FRCPC

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

    Hematopathologist, Vancouver General Hospital

I was born and raised in Thailand but later moved to Canada in 2012 for my fellowship training. Going backward, I completed a medical degree and a residency in pediatric hematology in Bangkok, Thailand. I practiced as a pediatric hematologist for a few years, where I was also involved in the Hematopathology laboratory investigation of my patients. After moving to Canada for my fellowship in pediatric hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, I had an opportunity to work with Canadian and internationally trained hematopathologists, where I discovered the broader scopes Hematopathology work and sophisticated testing. From there, I did a formal residency training in Hematopathology at the University of Toronto. After graduation, I received a job offer at Vancouver General Hospital, focusing in leukemia and transfusion medicine. In my personal time, I enjoy playing tennis and hiking with my husband.

  1. Eric McGinnis, MD, FRCPC

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

    Hematopathologist, Vancouver General Hospital

I was raised on Vancouver Island and completed undergraduate science and medical education in Victoria through the Island Medical Program, then residency training in Vancouver. I joined the Division of Hematopathology at Vancouver General Hospital in 2021 and am currently undertaking additional training in cancer cytogenetics and molecular genetics. My research interests include flow cytometric, cytogenetic, and molecular characterization of hematolymphoid malignancies, particularly acute and chronic myeloid neoplasms. Outside of work, I spend my time entertaining my young son (and older dog), playing bass guitar, and listening to loud music (hopefully live again in the not-so-distant future).

  1. Junyan Shi, PhD, DABCC

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC

    Clinical Biochemist, Vancouver General Hospital

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Medicine, followed by a master’s degree in Laboratory Medicine from Peking Union Medical College. I then earned a doctoral degree in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC. After postdoctoral training with Dr. Mari DeMarco, I moved on for the Clinical Chemistry training program at the University of Washington Medical Center. I am now a Clinical Biochemist at Vancouver General Hospital. My clinical responsibility is essential to support high quality patient care across Vancouver Coastal Health system by ensuring accurate and timely test results, and by developing new clinical assays that facilitate clinical diagnosis and treatment. Beyond my clinical service, my career goal is to be a passionate educator nurturing future laboratorians and clinicians, and an avid scientist engaging in translational clinical research. Outside of work, I enjoy baking and spending time with my family.

  1. Zeynab Nosrati, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow; BC Cancer Research Centre

    Supervisor: Dr. Marcel Bally

I was born and raised in Iran. I got my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Medical Radiation Physics (BSc’09, MSc’12). In 2015, I moved to Canada and joined Dr. Urs Hafeli’s lab at University of British Columbia to complete my PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. My PhD research was about developing a theranostic nanomedicine platform that can target and treat rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, I’m working in the Bally lab as a postdoctoral fellow to develop liposomal drug delivery for cancer therapy. Outside of the lab, I like to spend my time photographing nature, running, cycling and hiking.