Academic Rank:
Professor
Affiliation(s):
Faculty member, UBC Genome Science and Technology Graduate Program
Associate member, Head Single Cell Genomics, BC Cancer Genome Sciences Centre
Associate member, UBC CIHR/MSFHR Bioinformatics Program
Associate member, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
Location:
BC Cancer Agency

Short Bio:

The Aparicio lab studies the genomic and phenotypic behaviour of breast and other cancers. Integrating leading edge technologies with patient-derived xenograft models of cancer, this research is working to better understand how cancer clones evolve and to identify novel strategies for cancer treatment and predictors of response.

Dr. Aparicio’s research program encompasses the fields of cancer genomics, cancer evolution, single cell biology, mouse genetic models, high throughput screens, small molecule chemical probe development and translational breast cancer research. His work on the molecular taxonomy of breast cancer led to identification of new genes that could change the way breast cancer is diagnosed, and form the basis of next-generation treatments. This discovery was preceded by another breakthrough in decoding the genetic makeup of the most-deadly form of breast cancer, known as triple negative subtype (TNBC). Dr. Aparicio is also working to develop quantitative measures of clonal fitness in patients, including methods for single cell genome sequencing and PDX models of human cancer. He collaborates widely with other groups, with current projects including the genomic and biochemical analysis of lymphoma, ovarian cancer, and several rare pediatric cancers. He was a co-founder of Paradigm Therapeutics (now, Takeda Cambridge) and currently Canexia Health.

Academic Backgrounds:

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<li>Royal College of Pathologists, MRC Pathology. May 2004</li>
<li>PhD, University of Cambridge, UK. 1995</li>
<li>MA, University of Cambridge, UK (Comparative gene regulation). 1988</li>
<li>BM BCh, University of Oxford, UK (Clinical Medicine). 1988</li>
<li>BA, University of Cambridge, UK (Natural and Medical Sciences). 1985/12</li>
</ul>

Selected Publications

Publications: Link to PubMed

Research:

Dr. Aparicio’s research program encompasses the fields of cancer genomics, mouse genetic models, high throughput screens, small molecule chemical probes and translational breast cancer research. His most recent work on the molecular taxonomy of breast cancer led to identification of new genes that could change the way breast cancer is diagnosed, and form the basis of next-generation treatments. This discovery was preceded by another breakthrough in decoding the genetic makeup of the most-deadly form of breast cancer, known as triple negative subtype. Dr. Aparicio is also working to develop quantitative measures of clonal fitness in patients, including methods for single cell genome sequencing and PDX models of human cancer. He collaborates widely with other groups, with current projects including the genomic and biochemical analysis of lymphoma, ovarian cancer, and several rare pediatric cancers. He was a co-founder of Paradigm Therapeutics (now, Takeda Cambridge) and currently Contextual Genomics Ltd.

His contributions to academic research have been widely published in scientific and clinical journals such as Nature, Science, Cell and the New England Journal of Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous awards from academic as well as industrial institutions.