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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.

> continued (Welcome letter from Dr. Sandy Boag)


Mentoring Indigenous youth

Posted 2018 June 12


First Nations students in grades 10 and 11 have deepened their knowledge of science and health care with the help of some Queen's graduate students.

The high-school students are participants in a pilot program aimed at giving them a leg up as they prepare for post-secondary studies. They met with their mentors from February through to the end of May.

"The vision of this program is to provide these students with a science-based education opportunity that leaves them feeling inspired, confident, and supported," says Lisa Doxtator, Aboriginal Community Outreach Liaison at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and one of the program's co-ordinators.

"Our hope is that the students will consider furthering their education in the sciences and will be better established for postsecondary success through this program," adds Bruce Elliott, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine who is also one of the program's co-ordinators. "The Four Directions Centre provides an ideal supportive home for our program."

Working alongside Dr. Elliott and Ms. Doxtator are assistant co-ordinators, PhD student Chelsea Jackson and MSc graduate Sarah Nersesian; and graduate student mentors Nicole Morse, Natasha Vitkin, and Matteo Zago-Schmitt of the Queen's Collaborative Cancer Grad Program and the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.


Royal College Exam

Posted 2018 June 08

Congratulations to our senior residents: Nikoo Parvinnejad, Amanda Xu and Kevin Ren have passed the Anatomical Pathology Royal College Exam!!!


Combined BSc/MSc - Pathology & Molecular Medicine

Posted 2018 May 16

The Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine is very excited to launch a new initiative which offers a combined program of a BSc/MSc (Pathology & Molecular Medicine). This program offers an opportunity for students in the 4th year of their Honors program (Biomedical Discovery and Cancer streams of the Life Sciences program, Biochemistry and Biology programs) to take up to 2 courses at the graduate level which would then allow these students to enter the graduate program with advanced standing. Research begun in the 4th year thesis project could be carried forward as a foundation for the graduate thesis, which would create an opportunity for exceptional students to complete the graduate degree within 4 terms.

Admission to the combined program is a two-step process.

Step 1: Students will have the option to apply for admission to the combined program (permission to take graduate level courses) in the winter term of the 3rd year, in parallel with the process for admittance to the Honors year and the thesis research project. All applications will then be reviewed by the Pathology & Molecular Medicines Graduate Admissions Committee. Students admitted into this program must have an overall minimum A- average in the previous four completed academic terms of their undergraduate program.
If accepted into the combined program, in Year 4 of the BSc (Honors) program students will be permitted to take up to two 3.0 graduate level courses for a total of 3 or 6 credits towards the 12 credits required for the MSc degree. It is the student's responsibility to gain admission to these graduate courses following acceptance into the program. These courses will be counted as electives or science options towards completion of the degree requirements in the BSc (Hons) program. Only 1 of these courses may be a combined undergraduate/graduate (400/800) level course. The second (and all subsequent) graduate courses must be graduate only (800 and/or 900 level).

Step 2: For admission to the MSc program in Pathology & Molecular Medicine with advanced standing, students will be expected to complete the standard SGS application process, have an overall A- average in the previous 2 years of their undergraduate program, and have demonstrated significant research productivity in the 4th year thesis project.

Students should apply in writing via email to the Graduate Assistant Mark Andrews (mark.andrews (at) and at that time should provide a copy of their transcript, a brief description (1 Paragraph) of their research project, the name of their Project Supervisor, a letter of support from that Project Supervisory, and identify the graduate level courses they hope to enroll in during their 4th year. 2018 May 16


William Corbett Award for Residents

Posted 2018 April 27

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda Xu is the recipient of this year's "William Corbett Award for diagnostic excellence and academic achievement during the recipient's studies within the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine".

It is a testament of Amanda's diagnostic excellence and academic achievement during her studies within the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.

Congratulations Amanda!


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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



    Friday 2018 June 22

    5:30 - 6:00 Queens ITS staff will be upgrading software on the Queens network access switches in Richardson Lab. During this time, there will be no wired internet access.

    9:00-9:30 Gross Rounds - Gross Room - Dr. I. Barsoum
    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.
    1:30-2:30 Hematopathology Morphology Round - Autopsy Conference Rm.

    Monday June 25
    8:30-9:30 Autopsy Conference - NOT scheduled this week
    1:00-2:00 Hematopathology Review - Richardson Lab Rm. 107

    Tuesday June 26
    9:00-10:00 Neuropathology Conference - Autopsy Conference Rm.
    2:00-3:00 GI & Liver Conference - Autopsy Conference Rm.

    Wednesday June 27
    8:00-8:55 Slide Review for Royal College Exam - Multihead Microscope Rm. - Dr. K. Vanderbeck
    9:00-9:55 Ethics in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. S. SenGupta & D. Campbell, Ethicist
    10:00-10:55 Micro Rounds - Multihead Microscope Rm. - Dr. M. Schneider
    11:00-11:55 Gyne: Sex Cord-Stromal - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. T. Childs

    Thursday June 28
    11:30-12:30 Grand Round - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Dr. Susan Crocker The Flawed Stem Cell: The imperfect world of neurogenesis

    Friday June 29
    9:00-9:30 Gross Rounds - Gross Room - Dr. T. Childs
    1:30-2:30 Hematopathology Morphology Round - Autopsy Conference Rm.

    Thursday 2018 September 06 - Fall Term Undergrad Classes begin

    Wednesday 2018 September 19 - Last date to drop fall term classes without financial penalty

    Thu-Fri 2018 October 25-26 - Fall mid-term break - no classes

    Friday 2018 November 02 - Last date to drop fall term classes without academic penalty

    Friday 2018 November 30 - Fall Term Classes end

    Friday 2018 December 21 - Last day of exams

    Monday 2019 January 07 - Winter term classes begin

    Friday 2019 January 19 - Last date to drop winter term classes without financial penalty

    Tue-Fri 2019 February 19-22 - Winter midterm Reading Week

    Friday 2019 April 05 - Winter Term Classes end

    See the Queen's University Events Calendar here

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

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

    Announcements / Notices

    Wednesday 2018 May 23
    Effective 2018 June 01, Dr. Michael Chan will assume the role of Service Chief, Clinical Chemistry
    Effective 2018 July 01, Dr. Susan Crocker will continue with a 3 year additional term as Clinical Director, Cytogenetics.
    Also effective 2018 July 01, Dr. David Good will continue his role as Service Chief, Division of Hematopathology for a 3 year additional term.

    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.

    Job Opportunities

    Translational Surgical Pathology/Chemistry Scientist
    The Departments of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Surgery, and Chemistry at Queen’s University invite applications from internationally recognized scientists whose research is congruent with the objective of building an outstanding program in innovative translational research linking analytical chemistry, diagnostic pathology and advanced surgical practice. The successful applicant will have a tenured appointment at the rank of full Professor and is expected to participate in undergraduate education and supervise both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The preferred start date for this position is January 1, 2019.
    Posted 2018 May 28
    Complete information here

    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
    Complete information here


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