Young, Sean

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Young, Sean


Academic Ranks(s):

Clinical Associate Professor, UBC, BCCA Cancer Genetics and Genomics Laboratory


BC Cancer Agency

Short Bio

Dr Young is currently a Clinical Molecular Geneticist in the Cancer Genetics Laboratory, BCCA.  He completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Waterloo (1992), a Master’s degree in Chemistry (Laurentian, 1995) and doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa in human molecular genetics/biology under the supervision of Dr Robert Korneluk (2000).  Following his doctoral studies Dr Young was certified as a Clinical Molecular Geneticist by both the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG, 2005) and the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG, 2006).  Dr Young currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Molecular Examinations committee of the latter.

As a Clinical Molecular Geneticist, Dr Young has been involved in the results interpretation and reporting of the bulk of molecular genetic tests stemming from CGL.  His main interests lie in molecular genetic service delivery, molecular monitoring, and the development/adoption of new tests and testing paradigms.


Academic Background

  • PhD, University of Ottawa. 2000
  • MSc, Laurentian University. 1995
  • BSc, University of Waterloo. 1992

Awards and Recognition



Research Interest

  • Cell Biology: Extensive expertise in mouse and human cell culture techniques, EBV mediated immortalization of cells isolated from peripheral blood, cell transfection and infection, immunofluorescence microscopy.
  • Molecular Biology:
    Significant experience with all aspects of molecular biology including RNA isolation, RT-PCR, cloning/sub-cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, northern and Southern blotting, radioactive labeling of DNA probes, gene knock-down by antisens oligonucleotides, gene expression analysis.
  • Protein Biochemistry:
    Extremely competent in the analysis of reporter gene expression, electrophoretic mobility shift assays, recombinant protein expression and analysis from bacterial and eukaryotic systems, in vitro protein kinase assays, protein electrophoresis, western blot.

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Teaching Interest