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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)


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!


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.


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



Monday 2018 May 21 - Victoria Day Stat Holiday

Tuesday 2018 May 22
9:00-10:00 Neuropathology Conference - Autopsy Conference Rm.
2:00-3:00 GI & Liver Conference - NOT scheduled this week
4:00-5:00 Path 830/930 Research Seminar - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre -
Christina Ferrone - MSc Candidate - Path to my diagnosis: Use of NGS in personalized diagnosis of myeloid malignancies
Andy Zhang - MSc Candidate - Copy number variations of apolipoprotein E in Alzheimer's disease

Wednesday May 23
9:00-9:55 Residents - Robbins Chap. 10 - Diseases of Infancy & Childhood - Richardson Lab Rm. 102 - Dr. L. Chen
10:00-10:55 Derm – Inflammatory Dermatoses Part II Richardson Lab Rm. 102 Dr. A. Wang
11:00-11:55 Renal Biopsy Round Multihead Microscope Rm.

Thursday May 24
11:30-12:30 Grand Round - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre - Dr. M. Nyi Nyi - Let's get with it! Colorectal cancer screening using FIT (Fecal Immunochemical test)
4:00-5:00 Renal Biopsy Round - Multihead Microscope Rm.

Friday May 25
9:00-9:30 Gross Rounds - Gross Room - Dr. K. Vanderbeck
12:00-1:00 Forensic Mini Series - Richardson Lab Rm. 102
1:30-2:30 Hematopathology Morphology Round - Autopsy Conference Rm.
1:30-2:30 Medical Legal Work Round - Richardson Lab Amphitheatre

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 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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