Academic Rank:
Clinical Professor, UBC
Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Division Head, Genome Diagnostics, BC Children’s & BC Women’s Hospitals Clinical Molecular Geneticist
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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, including EPGEN (Pediatric Epilepsy: Using Genomics to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes) and CAUSES (Clinical Assessment of the Utility of Sequencing and Evaluation as a Service). As a member and board representative on the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) Education Ethics and Public policy, Clinical Practice, and Laboratory Practice committees, she has participated in the development of many 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

Research Interest

  • Molecular genetics and
  • 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.

Teaching Interest

  • Organizes the MGL rotation