van den Elzen, Peter

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van den Elzen, Peter


Academic Rank(s)

Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Hematopathologist, LifeLabs




Dr. van den Elzen is a consultant hematopathologist at LifeLabs. After completing a BSc in biochemistry and an MD at the University of Calgary, he did postdoctoral research in immunology at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (San Diego) with Dr. Eli Sercarz studying autoimmunity and T cell repertoires. He then did further clinical training in Clinical Pathology with a residency at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston). This was followed by another research fellowship in immunology at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Michael Brenner studying the immune response to lipids. In 2006, he joined the University of British Columbia, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and established an active research program in immunology studying autoimmune disease and multiple sclerosis at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. He also taught immunology and hematopathology to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students at UBC and did clinical work as a hematopathologist at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital. In 2018, Dr. van den Elzen transitioned mostly to clinical work, as a consultant hematopathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital and most recently to LifeLabs. He joined the permanent Medical Science staff at LifeLabs in 2021.


Academic Background

  • MD, University of Calgary, Canada. 1999
  • BSc (Biochemistry), University of Calgary, Canada. 1995

Professional Qualification

  • Full Medical License, State of Washington.  2007 – present
  • American Board of Pathology – Primary Certification in Clinical Pathology.  2007
  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC II).  2006
  • Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC I).  1999
  • Licensed in Hematopathology and Clinical Immunology, British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

Awards and Recognition


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Research Interest

  • Immunology and Autoimmune disease
  • Lipid antigen presentation and apolipoproteins
  • Immune monitoring, clinical immunology, flow cytometry

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Teaching Interest