Nielsen, Torsten

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Nielsen, Torsten


Basic Info

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Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, BC Cancer Agency


Vancouver General Hospital

Short Bio

I am a clinician-scientist in the  Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and an affiliated member of the Department of Orthopaedics and the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, recently promoted to the rank of full professor. I am based at Vancouver General Hospital and at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, working out of the Division of Anatomical Pathology, the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre, and the Centre for Translational and Applied Genomics.

I am also Associate Director of UBC’s combined MD/PhD program , where I help to organize our seminar series for clinician-scientists. I contribute to the correlative sciences planning around cancer clinical trials for the Canadian NCIC-Clinical Trials Group and the U.S.-based Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology — formerly CALGB.

25% of my time is devoted to clinical work: musculoskeletal pathology including diagnosis of connective tissue neoplasms in the province of British Columbia, weekly sarcoma treatment planning conferences, and teaching residents and medical students at UBC. The rest of my time is devoted to translational research into how molecular changes in cancer cells impact upon diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment response, and in developing new and clinically-practical molecular diagnostics and targeted therapies for human cancer (with a focus on breast cancer and sarcomas).


Academic Backgrounds

Awards & Recognition

Selected Publications

Here is my publications list


Current Openings & Opportunities

Current Projects In My Lab include

Dr. Nielsen’s active projects are listed at:


  • Translational research in breast cancer – developing clinically-practical predictive biomarkers using tissue microarray and Nanostring technology
  • Molecular oncology of sarcomas afflicting the AYA (adolescent and young adult) population – synovial sarcoma, myxoid liposarcoma, epithelioid sarcoma and related cancers
  • Correlative science support for clinical trials in breast cancer and sarcoma, in association with the Canadian Cancer Trials Group


Associate Director, UBC MD/PhD program: