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 a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and in 2016 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has served as a Komen Scholar since 2010.
He is best known for his work on the clinico-pathological features of hereditary breast cancer and for his discovery and characterization of cancer predisposing founder mutations in Montreal populations, including a germline pathogenic missense variant in MSH2 in the Ashkenazim and disease-causing variants in PALB2 and RAD51D in French Canadians. In collaboration with Jacek Majewski, he identified biallelic variants in SMARCA4 as the sole cause of small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type. He collaborates extensively with medical professionals and researchers around the world to better understand the genetics of breast, colorectal and ovarian cancer. Recently, he has focused on the characterization of the DICER1 pleiotropic tumor predisposition syndrome; with nearly forty publications, his team has extensively defined the phenotypes linked to the syndrome defined the phenotypes linked to the syndrome and is exploring the functional impact of inherited mutations in DICER1.
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