Bennewith, Kevin

Bennewith, Kevin


Academic Rank(s): Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC | Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, UBC

Affiliation(s):BC Cancer/BCCRC

Research and Scholarly Interests: Tumour microenvironment, hypoxia, tumour immunology, metastasis

Clinical Interests: Treatment of hypoxic tumors: developing therapies targeting poorly oxygenated (hypoxic) tumor cells; cancer metastasis: strategies to prevent or reduce the spread of cancer to other parts of the body

Short Bio

Dr. Kevin Bennewith obtained his PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC in 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Ralph Durand at the BC Cancer Agency. During his PhD training, he studied solid tumour physiology with particular emphasis on quantifying poorly oxygenated (hypoxic) tumour cells. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Amato Giaccia at Stanford University as a post-doctoral scholar, where he was involved in several projects investigating the role of hypoxia-induced secreted proteins in the growth and metastasis of solid tumours. His post-doctoral work included studying the role of connective tissue growth factor in pancreatic tumour growth and using an orthotopic pancreatic tumour model to study the efficacy of chemotherapeutics designed to target hypoxic tumour cells. He also helped to discover a central role for lysyl oxidase in breast cancer metastasis through promoting the recruitment of bone marrow-derived cells to metastatic target organs. Dr. Bennewith was recruited to the BC Cancer Agency in 2008, and since that time his work has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Terry Fox Foundation, the Cancer Research Society, and the BC Cancer Foundation. Dr. Bennewith is a Distinguished Scientist at BC Cancer and a Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC.



Academic Background

  • PhD, The University of British Columbia,Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 2004
  • BSc, The University of British Columbia, Chemistry. 1997

Awards and Recognition


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Research Interest

  • Cancer research
  • Solid tumour microenvironment
  • Hypoxia
  • Metastasis research
  • Pre-metastatic niche
  • Targeting hypoxic tumour cells in therapy
  • Radiation biology

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Teaching Interest

Dr. Kevin Bennewith’s teaching interests focus on mentoring graduate students and facilitating in-depth discussions on cancer research, particularly within the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program at UBC. He has been actively involved in teaching courses like ONCO 510 and PATH 502, where he provides introductory lectures, facilitates class discussions, and offers one-on-one feedback and mentorship to students, helping them prepare for their presentations. His teaching approach, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, included adapting courses to an online format while maintaining real-time interaction with students​​