Interdisciplinary Oncology Graduate Specialization (IOGS) - ONLY for students enrolled at Simon Fraser University


IOGS is a graduate level multi-departmental program that integrates with existing SFU departmental graduate programs (MSc and PhD) and is available to graduate students interested in gaining exposure to diverse facets of cancer-related research.

Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson

Dr. Brooks-Wilson leads a cancer genetics research laboratory at the Genome Sciences Centre of the British Columbia Cancer Agency here in Vancouver, BC.  Her current work focuses on the genetics of healthy aging and the genetics of susceptibility to cancer, particularly lymphoid cancers, in families and populations. She leads the Healthy Aging Study in which exceptionally healthy elderly individuals (‘Super-Seniors’) are helping to determine the genetic influences that contribute to healthy aging and protect against age-related diseases.   

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Dr. Sharon Gorski

Autophagy is an intracellular degradation and recycling process that promotes stress adaptation and cell survival. Our research program explores the contributions of autophagy to proteostasis, normal development, and cancer progression with a focus on breast and pancreatic cancers. We are also investigating the therapeutic potential of autophagy-related inhibition strategies in these cancers.

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Dr. Ryan Morin

Specific research aims are as follows: 
1) Determine the genetic events that lead to treatment resistance, relapse and metastasis in common human cancers with a focus on lymphoma and pediatric cancers
2) Develop sensitive assays for detecting the presence of tumour cells and key driver mutations in the bloodstream of patients
3) Identify commonalities and differences between common canine cancers and their human counterparts
4) Develop improved methods for detecting mutations in massively parallel sequencing data and integrating distinct mutation types to aid in identifying driver mutations

Laboratory trainees will have the opportunity to learn how to produce and analyze next generation sequencing (NGS) data using an Illumina MiSeq. I am open to trainees who desire a strictly wet-lab focus and those with purely bioinformatics projects and any blend of the two. Owing to my affiliation with the BC Cancer Agency's Genome Sciences Centre, students will have access to clinical collaborators and additional high throughput NGS instruments such as the HiSeq and IonTorrent Personal Genome Machine.

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Dr. Miriam Rosin

Research Interests:

  • Development of biomarkers to identify early biological changes in the premalignant process

  • Human studies using genetic and phenotypic biomarkers of exposure and risk

  • Reduction in cancer risk through chemoprevention

  • The potential role of reactive oxygen species in chromosomal breakage in humans: identification of mutations that increase sensitivity to such agents

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Interdisciplinary Oncology Program

Faculty of Medicine

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