Dr. Alison Allan to serve in the role as Acting Chair, Department of Oncology

Dr. Alison Allan will be serving in the role as Acting Chair, Department of Oncology for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph's Health Care London from July 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015.

Dr. Allan holds an Honours BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph. She is currently an Associate Professor of Oncology and Anatomy and Cell Biology and Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs in Anatomy and Cell Biology at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. She is also a Senior Oncology Scientist and Assistant Director of the Pamela Greenaway Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit within the London Regional Cancer Program at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Allan’s research program is focused on the investigation of cellular and molecular mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis; particularly the study of cancer stem cells (CSCs) and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and in patients and animal models. Research in the Allan lab is investigating how CTCs and CSCs functionally contribute to metastasis, and how knowledge gained from experimental studies can be translated to the clinic to benefit patients. Dr. Allan has published more than 35 peer-reviewed publications and her work has been cited more than 1,300 times.