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Ian Robert Watson

Ian Robert Watson

Assistant Professor Biochemistry
E-mail: ian.watson2 [at] mcgill.ca

Research Area: Genomics & Bioinformatics

My research focuses on understanding how mutated genes identified in next-generation sequencing studies promote melanoma disease progression. To address this challenge, my lab utilizes an inter-disciplinary approach combining unbiased molecular characterization of melanoma tumors, rapid development of preclinical models using genome-editing technology and bioinformatic strategies. My lab aims to identify new melanoma genes in patient samples with unknown genetic causes of disease, mutated genes that promote metastatic spread, and molecular features of melanomas that influence response to current treatment modalities. My ultimate goal is to translate our findings into new therapeutic strategies to treat patients with late-stage melanoma. 


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