Nelson, Tanya N

Nelson, Tanya N


Academic Rank(s): Clinical Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC | Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Division Head | Genome Diagnostics, BC Children’s & BC Women’s Hospitals Clinical Molecular Geneticist

Affiliation(s): BCCH/BCCHRI

Research and Scholarly Interests: Molecular Pathology and Cell Biology, Molecular genetics, Prenatal diagnoses

Clinical Interests:

Short Bio

Dr Tanya Nelson is an FCCMG clinical Molecular Geneticist and Head of the Division of Genome Diagnostics in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals. The Division of Genome Diagnostics is responsible for providing academic pediatric, adult, and maternal-fetal medicine care for the province of BC in conjunction with the other Departmental provincial services, primarily focused on the diagnosis of inherited disease using genetic and genomic approaches. As a UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Clinical Professor and in conjunction with her clinical role, Dr Nelson has been a co-investigator on many research projects aiming to translate new approaches to molecular genetic and genomic testing into clinical care. Most recently these include the GSBC (Genome-wide Sequencing BC) clinical pilot and CAUSES (Clinical Assessment of the Utility of Sequencing and Evaluation as a Service). As a member of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG), she has served on the Board of Directors, Education Ethics and Public policy, Clinical Practice, and Laboratory Practice committees, and is actively involved in the development of national practice guidelines and policies for genetic and genomic patient care.



Academic Background

  • BSc Biology, specialty: Genetics, University of British Columbia. 1993
  • PhD Medical Genetics. University of British Columbia. 1998
  • FCCMG Molecular Genetics, University of British Columbia. 2004

Awards and Recognition


Selected Publications


Research Interest

  • Molecular genetics
  • Prenatal diagnoses

Dr. Nelson participates in a variety of clinical research focusing on the discovery of underlying molecular mechanism of disease and on the validation of new technologies and assays for implementation in the clinical molecular genetics laboratory.

Clinical Service

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Teaching Interest