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Welcome to the Department
of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

boagI am delighted to have recently assumed the role of Head in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine (DPMM) at Queen’s. This is an exciting time of growth and innovation in our Department which is uniquely placed at the interfaces between basic biomedical sciences, clinical laboratory services and the emerging field of personalized molecular medicine.

DPMM is home to many vibrant research programs with focussed areas of excellence including cancer biology and molecular hemostasis. We host the Queen’s Laboratory for Molecular Pathology core research facility and also the Canadian Cancer Trials Group tumour bank. The well established DPMM Graduate program offers Master’s and PhD degrees and a recently added a combined BScH/MSc degree that allows students to transition 4th year undergraduate research projects into accelerated Master’s degrees.

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Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Science Fair

Posted 2018 April 05

The 2018 FLA Science Fair was last week and the Special Award winners for the Queen's University Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine for the "Best project related to the body's response to disease or tissue damage" are as follows:

First Place ($100): Leila Smaili "Canada still has not banned triclosan from your family products"

Second Place ($75): Bryn Bain "UV-C light to prevent Microbes from taking flight"

Third Place ($50): Charlotte Woodall & Karley Wood-Murphy "Pesticides on organic clementines"

Leila also received silver best of fair prize and is going to Ottawa for the national science fair. Her Prefair report is attached.

The winners prizes also include a tour of the Pathology dept and research labs this summer, and I will let everyone know when those get finalized.


USCAP 2018 Vancouver BC

Posted 2018 March 21

Our residents and faculty at the 2018 USCAP meeting in Vancouver.

Front Row L-R: Drs. Maliha Khara, Lina Chen, Kevin Ren, Amanda Xu

Back Row L-R: Drs. Christine Orr, Sandy Boag, David Hurlbut, Kevin Song


CCTG has received matching infrastructure funding from The Ontario Research Fund

Posted 2018 March 15

Supporting the purchase of a histology slide scanner


Queen's University played host to a research funding announcement with Dr. John Fisher, Vice-Principal (Research), Queen's University and Ms. Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands. Along with a number of awards, it was announced that CCTG has received matching infrastructure funding from The Ontario Research Fund to support the purchase of a histology slide scanner.

The Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure, Small Infrastructure program helps cover the costs of acquiring or renewing research equipment, for example; specimens, scientific collections, computer software or information databases.

The investment in the scanner will enable CCTG to share digitized slides from tumour specimens with expert pathologists across Canada, enlisting their expertise in diagnosis and classification of tumours as well as quantify new biomarkers that could lead to improved treatments in three new trials. It will also enhance CCTG's precision medicine program by supporting computer-assisted analysis of digital images as well as CCTG's biobank capabilities to support future research.

In August, The Canadian Foundation for Innovation, John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) announced a funding award of $197,065 to allow CCTG to acquire a state-of-the-art digital histology slide scanner. Both the Ontario Government and the Canada Foundation for Innovation provide in-kind funding and this event acknowledges the other half of the funding award.


ORF - Small Infrastructure Fund recipients

Posted 2018 March 15

Congratulations to Dr. Lois Mulligan on a grant from ORF - Small Infrastructure Fund for $124,040.


The Ontario government announces funding to support new Queen's research teams and laboratory operations.

A total of 17 Queen's researchers are receiving a combined $2,942,914 in funding from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure programs and Early Researcher Awards - efforts designed to bolster the capacity of research teams and laboratories.

Additionally, 14 researchers were awarded support through the ORF Small Infrastructure Fund which helps cover the cost of acquiring or renewing research equipment, specimens, computer software, and other operational technology for laboratories.

"Innovative research is essential for future economic growth and I am thrilled with the investments being made in projects in Kingston and across Ontario," says Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands. "The world-class research being conducted at Queen's University is an immense source of pride for myself and our region and I look forward to seeing the results of this funding."


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Queen's Laboratory for Molecular Pathology - Complete Histopathology, Molecular and Image Analysis Services



Thursday 2018 April 26
11:30-12:30 Special Seminar - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Defining Insignificant Prostate Cancer: Elusive Or Illusive? Dr. Theodorus Van der Kwast
4:00-5:00 Renal Biopsy Round - Multihead Microscope Rm. (Richlab 306A)
4:00-5:00 Queen's Cancer Research Institute - Frontiers of Cancer Research Presentation - QCRI Room 100/101 - Theodorus van der Kwast, MD, PhD Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto - "Divergent differentiation underlying molecular-genetic heterogeneity of prostate cancer". Prostate cancer is highly heterogeneous both morphologically and at the molecular-genetic level. A pathologist's perspective will be provided to explain the genetic variation in localized prostate cancers, taking into account the various morphological variants of the disease.

Friday 2018 April 27
9:00-9:30 Gross Rounds - Gross Room - Dr. J. Rossiter
1:30-2:30 Hematopathology Morphology Round - Autopsy Conference Rm.

Tuesday 2018 May 01
4:00-5:00 Path 830/930 Dept Research Seminar - NOT scheduled this week.

Tuesday 2018 May 08
4:00-5:00 Ninth M. Daria Haust Visiting Lecturer - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Philip Awadalla, PhD - Director of Computational Biology at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research; Professor of Population and Medical Genomics at the University of Toronto and Executive Scientific Director of the Ontario Health Study/Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project. "Exploring large population cohorts to capture genomic and environmental determinants of pre-disease states"

Friday 2018 June 22
1:00-5:30 Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine's Departmental Research Day will take place at the Kingston Yacht Club. Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Ormiston. Please save the date!!!

See the Queen's University Events Calendar here

Courses offered in 2018 January: CANC440 * PATH310 * PATH430/826

Courses offered in 2018 September: CANC499 * PATH425 * PATH499 * PATH823

Courses offered in 2019 January: CANC440 * PATH310 * PATH430/826

Announcements / Notices

Monday 2018 April 09
Seminar Rooms 101, 102 and 107 now have the exact number of chairs that each room is rated for. Please do NOT move chairs from one room to another as that *will* mess up the compliance to fire regulations.

Monday 2018 April 02
The Douglas Multihead Microscope has been moved into Richardson Lab 306A

2018 March 23rd - The Departmental Library - Richardson Lab Room 306C - is now the PostDocFellow Office.

2018 March 13
Research Day
The Twenty-First Annual Meeting for Health Sciences Research Trainees is set for Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 with poster presentations in the BioSciences atrium and oral presentations in School of Medicine, room 132A. This all-day meeting has been organized in order to provide a forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research project students, medical students, and clinical residents of the Faculty of Health Sciences and related Schools/Faculties at Queen's University to discuss their recent research findings.

2018 February 10
As you may have heard on 2018 February 10, Kingston Health Sciences Center is providing all former KGH users a new email address. The new format for email will be
Old addresses at will continue to work/receive mail for some months but all outbound mail will appear to be from the new address of .
Addresses listed on this website have been updated.

Job Opportunities

Tier I Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics
Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada The Faculty of Health Sciences ( and the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University are seeking an international leader and innovator in the areas of bioinformatics and health analytics. Applicants should have an established research program focused on precision medicine, particularly in relation to the identification of cancer diagnostic and prognostic markers and potential therapeutic targets. The successful candidate will become the designated nominee for an approved Tier I Canada Research Chair ( This is a tenured appointment at the level of Professor.
Posted 2018 Feb 15
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ACADEMIC ANATOMICAL PATHOLOGIST Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine in the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences is recruiting an academic Anatomical Pathologist with diagnostic expertise in dermatopathology and with the ability to participate in other diagnostic pathology subspecialties, particularly nephropathology. The ability to contribute to autopsy pathology would be considered an asset.
Posted 2017 Dec 19
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The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine in the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences and its affiliated teaching hospitals is recruiting an Academic General Pathologist, or an Academic Anatomical Pathologist with expertise in one or more clinical laboratory medicine disciplines, to provide service and leadership at our academic health sciences centre and in our region’s community hospitals. We are a very collegial department, with a strong culture of clinical service excellence, education, scholarship and clinical leadership.
Posted 2017 Nov 22
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Welcome to the Queen's Laboratory for Molecular Pathology
The QLMP is part of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. The QLMP provides rapid and economic advanced pathology services to researchers, students, clinicians, and private sector groups. The QLMP promotes productive interactions between scientists, clinicians, pathologists, and others by supporting research projects of common interest.
The QLMP offers a wide array of services including:
  • Histology
  • TMA design and construction
  • Whole slide scanning
  • TMA scanning
  • Customized immunohistochemistry and immunofluoroscence
  • Image analysis tools
  • Secure web database access and storage
  • Plastination
  • Electron Microscopy
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