Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

About the Department


The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is made up of the following clinical divisions and training programs. We provide five residency training programs, a graduate studies program, a pathology assistant program and an undergraduate program.

We’re affiliated with the Royal Alexandra, Misericordia and Grey Nuns Hospitals, and the Cross Cancer Institute.  

Analytical and Environmental Toxicology
Dr. X. Chris Le
Anatomical Pathology Dr. Judith Hugh
Diagnostic and Applied Microbiology
Dr. Gregory Tyrrell
Hematological Pathology Dr. Artur Szkotak
Medical Biochemistry
Mr. Trefor Higgins (Interim Section Chief)
Molecular Pathology
Dr. Iyrare Izevbaye
Transfusion Medicine
Dr. Susan Nahirniak

Undergraduate / Graduate / Residency Programs


Anatomical and General Pathology
Drs. Zhongchuan (Will) Chen and Andrea Macyk-Davey
Forensic Pathology
Dr. Mitchell Weinberg
Graduate Studies
Dr. Monika Keelan
Hematological Pathology
Dr. Kathleen Wong
Medical Laboratory Science Ms. Lisa Purdy
Medical Microbiology Dr. Hong Zhou

Clinical Service

We work with patients and doctors throughout the Edmonton region and northern Alberta. Through Alberta Health Services, and in partnership with DynaLIFE DX  Diagnostic Laboratories, we provide clinical laboratory services in Anatomical Pathology, Hematology & Transfusion Medicine, Histocompatability, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, and Molecular Pathology.  


We offer a BSc Medical Laboratory Sciences program, and our Graduate Studies Program Committee oversees our graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. We have four Royal College-approved residency training programs: General Pathology, Anatomical Pathology, Forensic Pathology and Hematological Pathology.  

We play a major role in undergraduate, medical and dental education, as well as teaching in Pharmacy, Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine and basic science undergraduate programs. We offer both undergraduate and graduate courses.   


Our major areas of research include analytical and environmental toxicology, transplantation and immunology, molecular mechanisms in cancer and lymphoproliferative disorders, cryobiology and tissue preservation. Faculty and clinical faculty are partners in clinical research, and we collaborate on research projects with the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Public Health Sciences, and Anthropology.  


Our clinical laboratories are on multiple levels at the south end of the Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. The Division of Medical Laboratory Sciences is in the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, with student labs in the basement of the Clinical Sciences Building. We have research space within the clinical laboratory area and in several other facilities: the Clinical Sciences Building, Medical Sciences Building, Heritage Medical Research Building, Canadian Blood Services, and Cross Cancer Institute.