Dr. Peter Watson
Dr. Peter Watson is Director of the Tumor Tissue Repository Program at the BC Cancer Agency,
an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia. He also holds appointments
as the Chief Physician Vancouver Island Centre, Senior Scientist and a Professor of Pathology, University of
British Columbia, and academic positions at the University of Victoria and University of Manitoba.
He completed his medical training at the University of Cambridge and St Thomas's Hospital London, UK in 1983 and specialist training in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Manitoba in 1988. After fellowship training he established a career as a clinician scientist in 1993 at the University of Manitoba, and since 2005 at the BC Cancer Agency.
He currently combines a clinical practice as a breast pathologist with research interests in the molecular pathology of breast and ovarian cancer, and in the discipline of biobanking. His research program focuses on biomarkers of breast tumour progression and response to therapies. This work has included the discovery, validation, elucidation of the mechanism of action, and exploration of the therapeutic potential of the S100A7 gene in breast cancer. This research has led to publication of over 150 scientific research papers.
He has also lead provincial and national biobanking initiatives to advance translational cancer research. In addition, Dr. Watson serves on the executive of the Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet) he is currently the director of the University of British Columbia, Department of Pathology Office of Biobank Education and Research, co-leads the Manitoba Breast Tumor Bank and serves on the executive of the Marble Arch International Working Group for Biobanking.