Faculty Calgary

University of Calgary, Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute


Don Morris, MD, PhD, FRCPC

 Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine and Oncology (Site Leader of the Training Program)

Dr Morris is an immunologist, translational cancer researcher and clinical trialist and has been successful in bringing local discoveries to the clinic in a timely fashion. As the Director of the Cancer Translational Laboratories at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre he oversees internationally recognized functional tissue imaging (HistoRX/AQUA) expertise, newly acquired next generation sequencing capabilities, circulating tumour cell facility, a clinical pharmacokinetic platform and state of the art animal imaging. His research interests include development of novel cancer therapeutics, oncolytic viruses, immunotherapeutics, and strategies for graft engineering during autologous transplantation.




Frank Jirik, MD

 Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Dr. Jirik's laboratory is using transgenic and tumor xenograft approaches to investigate various genes and treatments and their roles in regulating breast cancer bone metastasis, as well as lung cancer development.

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Susan Lees-Miller, PhD

Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oncology, and Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary

Dr. Lees-Miller's research focuses on how cells respond to ionizing radiation (IR) therapy, one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, and chemotherapeutic drugs. Her research is aimed at understanding precisely how DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) are detected and repaired in human cells. This work is helping researchers understand the molecular basis of cancer therapy and may help radiation oncologists predict how a patient's particular tumor will respond to radiation. Her work has implications for understanding one of the hallmarks of cancer, genomic instability. She holds a Scientist Award from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), and is the Alberta Cancer Foundation / Engineered Air Chair in Cancer Research.

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Last Updated ( September 11, 2013)