Horst, Basil

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Horst, Basil


Academic Rank(s): Clinical Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC | Anatomic Pathologist/Dermatopathologist, VGH

Affiliation(s): Vancouver General Hospital

Research and Scholarly Interests: Cancer, Genetics genomics proteomics and related approaches, Skin Conditions, Mechanisms of melanoma development and response to therapy, Population genetics

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Short Bio

I completed my medical degree and Dr. med. thesis at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-University Muenster, Germany, and worked as a resident in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery prior to a basic science postdoctoral fellowship in Dermatology/Epithelial Biology at Stanford University. I subsequently completed a Pathology residency at Columbia University and a fellowship in Dermatopathology at UCLA. From 2009-2017, I worked as a dermatopathologist and physician-researcher in the Department of Dermatology/Dermatopathology at Columbia University.

I joined the Department of Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia in September 2017. I have a special interest in characterizing melanocytic tumors at the molecular level and my basic science studies focus on melanoma development, mechanisms of metastasis and response to therapy.



Academic Background

  • PhD, University Munster, Germany. 2001
  • MD, Westfaelische Wilhelms-University Munster, Germany. 2000

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Research Interest

Mechanisms of melanoma development and response to therapy, Cell-matrix interactions in skin cancer, Population genetics

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