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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)


Banting-Vanier Lecture Series

Posted 2017 October 12

Banting-Vanier Lecture Series
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 am - 11:30am
Location: School of Medicine, 15 Arch Street, Room 032A

Hear some of Queen's finest share their discoveries and passion for research! The inaugural Banting-Vanier Lecture Series will feature six 10-minute lectures by three post-docs and three graduate students who have been awarded Canada's top scholarships. Light refreshments will be served after the presentations. Registration required

Game of clones - A new public health matter of mutated blood cells and aging. Elina Cook, Vanier Scholar
After attending the University of Toronto to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology and a Master's degree in Medical Biophysics, Elina Cook is now an MD-PhD student in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University. She has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Award (CIHR CGSM). Under the supervision of Dr. Michael Rauh, she is now researching the effects of dominating mutations in the blood that are linked with blood cancers and other comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease. Having been born and raised mostly in Finland, she enjoys Finnish cooking and cross-country skiing. She is wildly passionate about organizing scientific conferences and meetings for all ages. In the future, Elina plans to pursue training in oncology and to continue researching cancer to improve outcomes for patients.

How Fireflies could be the key to fighting cancer? Taha Azad, Vanier Scholar
This year Taha's application was ranked 1st out of 190 applications considered by the CIHR Vanier CGS selection committee this year. His PhD research project in Dr. Xiaolong Yang's lab explores novel connections between the Hippo pathway and members of the protein kinase superfamily in breast and lung cancer. Taha is from Tehran, Iran. He received his undergraduate degree from Tehran University, the best and highest ranked university in Iran. At the end of his B.Sc. study in Tehran, he won the Gold medal in National Biology Olympiad among the Iranian universities which was the most important competition for the B.Sc. Also, during his undergraduate study he wrote several biology books for high school students and taught more than 3000 hours in more than ten different cities in Iran. He has been working on cancer research areas for 5 years and has published more than 15 articles in national and international journals.


The Ninth Nathan Kaufman Visiting Lecturer - Dr. Janis Taube

Posted 2017 September 28

Tuesday 2017 October 17th
Richardson Lab Amphitheatre

The Ninth Nathan Kaufman Visiting Lecturer

Janis Taube, MD, MSc - Director of Dermatology Division and Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"Emerging Immunologic Biomarkers"


Bruce Elliott Excellence in Teaching Award 2017

Posted 2017 September 29

Congratulations to Dr. Lois Mulligan on receiving the 2017 Bruce Elliott Excellence in Teaching Award!


Dr. RSA Prentice Award "For Excellence in Teaching" 2017

Posted 2017 September 29

Congratulations to Dr. Iain Young on receiving the 2017 Dr. RSA Prentice Award "For Excellence in Teaching" from our residents/elective students and Dr. Sandy Boag.


Cancer Research Society Research Grant - Dr. Berman

Posted 2017 September 08

Dr. David Berman received a 2 year operating grant for $120,000 from the Cancer Research Society for his project: Proteomic biomarkers of urothelial stroma controlling cancer invasion and progression.

At its last meeting, the Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Society proceeded with the awarding of 70 new operating grants under its Operating Grants Funding Program and announced a cancer research commitment of $17.0 million.

We are pleased to inform you that based on the recommendation of the members of our peer review committees, the funding of your research project entitled "Proteomic biomarkers of urothelial stroma controlling cancer invasion and progression" has been approved and was selected for our partnership with Bladder Cancer Canada. Both organizations will be co-funding your Cancer Research Society/ Bladder Cancer Canada Operating Grant.


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



Tuesday 2017 October 17th
9:00-10:00 Neuropathology Conference - Autopsy Conference Rm.
2:00-3:00 GI & Liver Conference - Multihead Microscope Rm.
4:00-5:00 - The Ninth Nathan Kaufman Visiting Lecturer - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Janis Taube, MD, MSc - Director of Dermatology Division and Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - "Emerging Immunologic Biomarkers"

Wednesday October 18
8:00-8:55 Robbins Chapter 27: Diseases of peripheral nerve - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. N. Parvinnejad
9:00-9:55 Derm: Pigmented Lesions Part II - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. A. Wang
10:00-10:55 Micro Round - Multihead Microscope Rm. - Dr. S. SenGupta
11:00-11:55 Journal Club -Cytology - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Drs. K. Ren & M. Manduch
12:00-1:00 Molecular Aspects of Lymphoma - Richardson Lab Rm. 107 - Drs. T. Curry & D. LeBrun

Thursday October 19
11:30-12:30 Grand Rounds - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Dr. Ashwyn Rajagopalan, Forensic Candidate "The Role of Forensic Pathology in Patient Safety"
4:00-5:00 STB Round - Multihead Microscope Rm.

Friday October 20
9:00-10:00 Forensic Pathology for Royal College AP Exam - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. Ashwyn Rajagopalan, Forensic Candidate then Multihead Microscope Rm.
12:00-1:00 Cardiovascular Pathology Mini Series - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. K. Cunningham
1:30-2:30 Hematopathology Morphology Round - Autopsy Conference Rm.
1:30-2:30 Medical Legal Work Rounds - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre

Tuesday 2017 October 24th
4:00-5:00 - Path 830/930 Research Seminar - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Dr. Tom Smithgall, William S. McEllroy Professor of Biochemistry, Chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA USA "Structure and Dynamic Regulation of Multi-domain Tyrosine Kinases: Implications for Signalling and Allosteric Inhibitor Discovery"

Courses offered in 2017 September: CANC497 * CANC499 * PATH425 * PATH499 * PATH822

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


2017 Sept 06
The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Graeme Quest to the positions of Assistant Professor at Queen’s University and Attending Staff Pathologist at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Quest will also assume the role of Director of Transfusion Medicine, effective 1 October 2017.

Dr. Quest obtained an MSc in Virology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology in 2006 from the University of Alberta. He then obtained his MD from the University of Alberta in 2010 and remained at the University of Alberta to complete his residency in Hematological Pathology.

Dr. Quest’s office is located in Richardson Laboratory, Room 201b. He can be reached by telephone at 613-533-6000 extension 79616; fax at 613-533-2907 and email at questg (at)

We welcome Graeme and wish him all the best in his academic and clinical endeavours.

2017 Sept 06
The Daria M. Haust Pathology Summer Studentship is for 1st or 2nd year Queen's Medical students for a 10 week studentship in our Department. Deadline 2018 Feb 01

2018 October 02 The email server has been shut down and decommissioned.
2017 March 31
The departmental email server (running since 1992), will be shutdown and removed from service in two stages near the end of 2017. On Thursday 2017 August 31, forwarding of mail from cliff to other accounts will cease. On Monday 2017 October 2nd, the server will be shut down. Most users have since migrated to either or addresses already, but there are still a few transitioning.
Please remove any addresses you may have that reference or from address books or distribution lists. Autoreply email has also been going out for some time, notifying the sender of the changes.
And for those who have asked, "cliff" if from the TV Sitcom Cheers, where a character named Cliff Claven was a mailman.

Job Opportunities

The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University is recruiting an academic Forensic Pathologist to a Geographically Full-time position. The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine has a well-developed local and regional laboratory presence and is the host of the Kingston Forensic Pathology Unit within the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. We are a very collegial department, with a strong culture of scholarship. Members of the Department of enjoy a competitive compensation package, including a generous benefit plan. Academic rank will be commensurate with experience.
Posted 2017 Oct 05
Complete information here

The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine in the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences is recruiting a Term Adjunct appointment.
PATH-828 – Bioinformatics for Cancer Research (100% responsibility) Lectures, student presentation and student-led teaching sessions
Posted: 2017 Oct 02
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Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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 Anatomical Pathologist with subspecialty training/expertise in gastrointestinal pathology with the ability to participate in other diagnostic pathology subspecialties and potentially autopsy pathology.
Posted: 2017 May 12
Complete information here


Welcome to The Canadian National Inherited Bleeding Disorder Genotyping Laboratory Providing molecular diagnostic services to the Canadian inherited bleeding disorder community.


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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