Dr. Tugce Balci


Medical Genetics
Phone:  519.685.8500 ext. 52960
Fax:  519.685.8214

Dr. Tugce B. Balci joined the Department of Pediatrics and the Medical Genetics Program of Southwestern Ontario in 2018. She is a Clinical Geneticist and Clinician Researcher, with a research focus on rare disease models and gene discovery.

Dr. Balci completed her medical degree in Ankara University Faculty of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey in 2005 and her Medical Genetics residency training in 2009 from Baskent University, also in Ankara. She then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in the Berman Zebrafish Lab in Halifax, NS (Dalhousie University / IWK Health Centre), where she worked on zebrafish models of rare human diseases with a focus on hematopoietic disorders. She received a postdoctoral fellowship award from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and an abstract achievement award from the American Society of Hematology for her work.

Dr. Balci completed her Canadian residency training at the University of Ottawa (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CHEO) in 2018, where she partook in research activities within the Care4Rare Canada consortium. She is currently the London site lead for the newly installed Care4Rare SOLVE project. She is building a research program (with a special interest in neurological conditions) focused on exploring new ways to diagnose children and adults with rare genetic conditions, finding new disease genes, interpreting gene variants and creating animal models in hopes of finding new avenues for personalized treatment.

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