Dr. William Foulkes, MBBS,Ph.D, FRCPC
Dr. William Foulkes is a James McGill Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Oncology and Human Genetics at McGill University. He is a researcher-clinician who has practiced clinical cancer genetics at McGill-affiliated hospitals since 1996 and who heads cancer genetics research laboratories at two McGill-affiliated, hospital-based research institutes, the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
He is best known for his work on the clinico-pathological features of hereditary breast cancer, for his discovery of a founder mutation in MSH2 in the Ashkenazim, and for his identification of a founder mutation in the breast cancer susceptibility gene PALB2. In collaboration with Jacek Majewski, he identified SMARCA4 mutations in small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type. He has also collaborated extensively with researchers around the world to better understand the genetics of breast, colorectal, prostate, pancreatic and ovarian cancer. Most recently, much of his research has focused on the characterization of the DICER1 pleiotropic tumor predisposition syndrome; with nearly twenty publications, his team have extended the associated phenotypes to include, among others, Wilms tumour, pituitary blastoma and pineoblastoma.
Former lab members
– Ester Castellsagué, Post-doctoral fellow (2012-2016)
Continuing her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Gabriel Capella at the Catalan Institute of Oncologie in Barcelona, Spain.
– Talia Boshari, research assistant (2014-2016)
Starting a MPH at Imperial College London, UK
– Leora Witkowski, B.Sc., PhD (2011-2016)
Starting a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr.Heidi Rehm, Harvard University.
Catherine Goudie (2015-2016)
Medical Resident at Sick Kids Hospital Toronto, ON.
– Jian Carrot-Zhang (2010-2016)
Post-doctoral fellow at the Broad Institute, Boston, MA.
-Ismael Bah (2015-2016)
Pathology Resident at the MUHC
– Heidi Rothenmund, research genetic counselor (2011-2015)
Now working for the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg
– Andrew Shuen, genetics resident (2009-2014)
Starting a PhD at the department of molecular genetics at UofT
– Nassim Taherian, research genetic counselor (2009-2014)
Now working for Myriad Genetics in San Francisco
– Evan Weber, research assistant (2013-2014)
Now working as a genetic counselor at the MUHC
– Rachel Silva Cohen, research assistant (2012-2013)
Now working as a genetic counselor at U Miami
– Luca Cavallone, research associate (2011-2013)
Now a research associate at the LDI
– Sabrina Notte, administrative assistant (2005-2013)
Now at home with her two children.
– Archana Srivastava, research technician (2008-2013)
Now in the department of Pathology at the LDI
– Lili Li, Ph.D. graduate (2007-2013)
Now doing cardiogenetics research at UTHealth, Texas
– Amin Bahubeshi, M.Sc. graduate (2009-2011)
Now a medical student at UofT
– François Plourde, research genetic councelor (2009-2011)
Now working as a genetic counselor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
– Virgina Manning, administrative assistant (2009-2011)
Now senior medical editor with Roche Pharmaceuticals in London, UK
– Emilie Lalonde, M.Sc. graduate (2009-2011)
Starting a Postdoctoral Researcher/Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellowship with Dr. Arupa Ganguly, UPenn
– Deidra Osher, Research Assistant (2008-2011)
Now a medical student at McGill
– Thomas Rio Frio, Post-doctoral fellow (2008-2010)
Now Next-Generation Sequencing platform manager at Genoma, Switzerland
– Martin Couillard, Post-doctoral fellow (2008-2010)
Now Patent Advisor at Brouillette & Associés
– David Novak, M.Sc. graduate (2007-2009)
Now Equity Research Analyst, Healthcare & Biotech at Clarus
– Ahmet Yilmaz, post-doctoral fellow (2006-2008)
Now in the Pathology Department, Ohio State University
– Tayma Khalil, M.Sc. graduate (2005-2007)
Now Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, Switzerland
– Ioli Makriyianni, M.Sc. graduate (2003-2005)
Now Project Manager, IPMO- Information Management and Technology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.
– Kristi Baker, Ph.D. graduate (2003-2005)
Now Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton
– Susan McVety, M.Sc. graduate (2002-2005)
– Isabelle Thiffault, M.Sc. graduate (2002-2004)
Now is Assistant Director, Clinical Genome Center, Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, Missouri