Tyson, John

Tyson, John


Academic Rank(s)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Senior Scientist Microbial Genomics, BCCDC Public Health Laboratory


BC Centre for Disease Control


Dr. John R Tyson is a senior scientist for Wet Lab Genomics at the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory

Dr. Tyson holds a BSc and PhD in molecular cell biology from the University of Manchester. He was a research fellow at the University of Bristol and Simon Fraser University, and he has been a research associate at the University of British Columbia since 2005.


Academic Background

  • PhD – Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship. University of Manchester. 1999
  • First class honours BSc degree in Molecular Biology with Industrial Experience, University of Manchester. 1995

Awards and Recognition


Dr. Tyson, John R., PubMed


Research Interest

Dr. John R Tyson has a background in molecular cell biology and genomics, with a particular focus on next generation sequencing technologies and molecular diagnostics. He has recently joined the BCCDC as a senior scientist focusing on microbial genomics.

In collaboration with local and international colleges, he has helped developed cost-effective, and widely-adopted, SARS-CoV-2 sequencing methods (ARTIC network amplicon sequencing). His work has continued within BCCDC on tracking and characterizing the genetic drift observed in the SARS-CoV-2 genome lineages here in BC and the emergence of variants of concern (VoC).

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Teaching Interest