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August 2016
Volume 3 | Issue 8

Welcome Dr. Art Poon

Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine extend a warm welcome to Dr. Art Poon. Art joins us August 1, 2016 as an Assistant Professor and researcher in viral evolution.

Dr. Poon comes to us from the University of British Columbia where he was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and an Associate Research Scientist in Bioinformatics at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. He has 52 peer-reviewed publications and holds a New Investigator award (2013) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is also a Career Investigator award recipient (2012) from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Dr. Poon has been studying the evolution of viruses by applying methods in bioinformatics, phylogenetics, and machine learning. Dr. Poon will work closely with Dr. Eric Arts (Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Western University). In collaboration with Dr. Arts, he will study evolution of HIV and hepatitis C viruses using phylogenetic approaches. Dr. Poon will also be engaged in our One Health undergraduate program and will help to coordinate a new graduate program in Medical Bioinformatics.

Welcome to Western, Art!

Back to School

The University department office is buzzing as preparations are well underway for the new academic year. This year we will welcome a record 17 undergraduate students into our Bachelor of Medical Sciences modules. Nine new research-based graduate student offers have been accepted and six new MClSc Pathologists’ Assistant program students will be arriving. We look forward to seeing all these new faces in the department in just a few short weeks.

New Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has welcomed a new postdoctoral fellow in the past month. Dr. Erfan Aref Eshghi joined us in August, under the supervision of Dr. Bekim Sadikovic. Dr. Eshghi’s area of research is in clinical genomics and epigenomics. In September we will welcome another two fellows in the labs of Drs. Martin Duennwald and Tony Rupar.

Schulich Summer School for International Medical Students

The Hospital Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine participated in the Schulich Summer School for International Medical Students by providing a two-hour tour of the Anatomical Pathology laboratories at UH during the afternoons of August 8th and 11th.  Read more

News Stories

Update In PathologyJames Roos completes his MSc Thesis

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory of Medicine would like to offer congratulations to James Roos, who has completed his MSc in Pathology. Dr. Mike Shkrum is James's MSc supervisor.  Read more
Update In PathologyInternal Review for AFC program in Cytopathology

The Western AFC in Cytopathology received a successful internal review from the Royal College this year. Our advanced training program for Cytopathology was newly accredited by the Royal College in 2014.  Read more
Update In PathologyNew WHMIS training

August 31, 2016 is the deadline to complete the new WHMIS training. All staff, faculty, graduate students, work study, co-op students and volunteers at Western must complete it.   Read more 

Upcoming Events

AAPA Continuting Education Conference

September 10-16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - San Diego, California | Click here
NERDs September Open Forum

"Technology tools for education"

Speaker: Dr. Will Stecho
Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 11:30 am - LHSC UH A3-100 | Click here
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Grand Rounds - September

"Medical School Admissions Under the Microscope"

Speaker: Dr. Robert Hammond
Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - LHSC UH Auditorium B | Click here


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