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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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Elina Cook wins a 2018 PSI Research Trainee Fellowship

Posted 2018 February 13

Congratulations to Elina Cook on winning a 2018 PSI Research Trainee Fellowship through the Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation.

This fellowship provides highly qualified Medical Doctors (MD) or MD-PhD/MSc students in Ontario with clinically applicable research training opportunities and support.

The $26,600 award will support Elina's research collaborations and professional activities.


Article published in Cancer Research

Posted 2018 January 18

Congratulations to Ellen van Rensburg and co-authors on their exciting Cancer Research publication that reveals a novel link between the Hippo signaling pathway and the important immune checkpoint player and therapeutic target PD-L1.

Their discovery that the Hippo pathway component TAZ transcriptional regulator is able to promote expression of PD-L1 provides new insight into TAZ oncogenic functions, through enabling cancer cells to escape immune cell killing by up-regulating PD-L1. This finding provides a new therapeutic strategy to suppresses PD-L1 expression and thereby promoting immune cell killing of cancer cells by inhibiting TAZ.

"The Hippo pathway component TAZ promotes immune evasion in human cancer through PD-L1" Ellen van Rensburg, Taha Azad, Min Ling, Yawei Hao, Brooke Snetsinger, Prem Kahanal, Lori Minassian, Charles Graham, Michael Rauh and Xiaolong Yang. Cancer Research (published online Jan 17th, 2018).

This paper is available online at


Elina Cook Wins Multiple Awards at the American Society of Hematology Meeting

Posted 2018 January 03

Congratulations to Elina Cook. Her abstract was chosen for oral presentation at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting in Atlanta on Dec. 10. Moreover, her abstract will be among a select few featured at the travelling Highlights of ASH meetings in 2018.

In addition to winning CIHR and CCS travel awards to attend and present at ASH, Elina shared the Canadian Hematology Society (CHS) PhD and Post Doctoral Award at the CHS reception at ASH. This is a remarkable showing and we are extremely proud of how she represented Queen's and DPMM!


Elizabeth Lightbody Presents at STC

Posted 2017 December 07

Elizabeth Lightbody was selected to give a platform presentation for her work on "Knockout of mammary epithelial-specific PPARG increases the metastatic potential of HER2+ breast cancer" at The Society of Toxicology of Canada (STC) 49th Annual Symposium held last week Nov 29th-Dec 1st in Montreal.


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



Mon-Fri February 19-23: Reading Week - NO Undergraduate Classes

Tuesday 2018 February 20
9:00-10:00 Neuropathology Conference - Autopsy Conference Rm.
2:00-3:00 GI & Liver Conference - Multihead Microscope Rm.
2:00-3:00 QCRI Seminar Series - Frontiers of Cancer Research Presentation - QCRI Room 100/101 - Douglas Richardson, PhD - Director of Imaging - Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology Harvard Center for Biological Imaging (Harvard University) "Measuring endosomal pH beyond the diffraction limit"
4:00-5:00 Path 830/930 Dept Research Seminar - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Ellen van Rensburg - MD/PhD Candidate - "The roles of TAZ in breast cancer tumorigenesis and progression"

Wednesday February 21
8:00-8:55 Robbins - Chap. 3 - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. K. Song
9:00-10:55 Micro Rounds - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. D. Berman
10:00-9:55 Laboratory Safety - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Joyce deVette-McPhail
11:00-11:55 Journal Club: GU - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Drs. N. Baluch and C. Davidson

Thursday February 22
11:30-12:30 Pathology Grand Round - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Dr. Mark Podberezin - GP/AP candidate "Pleural Pathology"
4:00-5:00 Renal Biopsy Round - Multihead Microscope Rm.

Friday February 23
9:00-9:30 Gross Rounds - Gross Room - Dr. I. Barsoum
12:00-1:00 Forensic Mini Series - Richardson Lab Rm. 102- Dr. K. Cunningham
1:30-2:30 Medical Legal Work Round - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre
1:30-2:30 Hematopathology Morphology Round - Autopsy Conference Rm.

Thursday 2018 March 01
4:00-5:00 QCRI Seminar Series - Frontiers of Cancer Research Presentation - QCRI Room 100/101 - Connie Zhang, PhD Senior Technical Support Scientist Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Newark, CA, USA "Visualizing Gene Expression and Genetic Variations in the Tissue Environment"

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

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

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

Announcements / Notices

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 will be updated over the near future.

2017 October 02
After 25 years, the email server has been decommissioned and shut down.
Please remove any addresses you may have that reference or from address books or distribution lists.

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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