Genome is a word used to describe the genetic make-up of an individual. This includes our genes that are passed on from parent to offspring. Our genes contribute to many of our physical characteristics (i.e. eye colour and height). They can also impact our lifetime risk of developing certain medical conditions.


Genomics is a branch of science that studies the genome.  Genomics looks at how our genes interact with each other, how they function and how they are structured. This study also compares how genomes are similar, and different, across animal species. Using a variety of scientific techniques all of this data is organized into databases which allows our scientists to further understand the genetic basis of disease.

Our Vision

Improving health through translational genomics.


Our Mission

To deliver medical genomic research that translates into life-changing tests and treatments for people affected by acquired and inherited diseases.



Through ongoing resource and  facility partnerships, CGEM has the infrastructure, knowhow, and network of dedicated members to ensure its research discoveries are translated into new patient-oriented treatments.



The CGEM’s executive is made up of an inter-disciplinary team of eight, whose work and expertise span across multiple organizations in a variety of fields.



With a strong research collaboration of over 50 members, CGEM has a large asset map of expertise, publications, technology, and resources across a significant network. These capabilities enable CGEM scientists and clinicians to make ground-breaking research discoveries in the areas of orphan disease gene and drug discovery, cancer diagnostics and the medical microbiome.


Distribution of CGEM Members

Dalhousie University


Health Centre

NS Health Authority (NSHA)


Members in Areas of Research 

Member List

Erika Aberg

Genetic Counsellor, ​MSc, CCGC, CGC

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

Dr. Mohamed Abouelhassan

Dalhousie University, Pathology

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, PEI


Dr. Martin Alda

MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry), courses in genetics and statistical genetics

Dalhousie U., QEII, Psychiatry

Dr. Heleen Arts

PhD, FCCMG (Molecular Genetics)

Molecular Geneticist, Clinical Genomics, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, IWK Health Centre

Dr. Karen Bedard

BSc Math/Chem, MSc Pharmacology, PhD Pharmacology

Dalhousie, Pathology

Dr. Robert Beiko

PhD (Biology)

Dalhousie, Computer Science

Dr. Jeanette Boudreau

PhD (McMaster); Post-doctoral Fellowship (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

Dalhousie, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Jo-Ann Brock


Division Head, Clinical Genomics Lab, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, IWK Health Centre

Dr. Leah Cahill

PhD in nutritional genomics, postdoctoral fellowship in epidemiology, licensed as a Registered Dietitian

Dalhousie University & NSHA, Medicine

Benjamin Capps

BSc Hons (Genetics, Cardiff University, UK), MA (School of Law, University of Sheffield, UK), PhD (Faculty of Medicine, University of Bristol, UK)

Dalhousie Department of Bioethics

Erin Chamberlain

Genetic Counsellor, ​MSc, CCGC,

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

Dr. Sidney Croul

Dalhousie Pathology, QEII, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute

Amy Crowley

Genetic Counsellor, ​MSc, CGC

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

Lauren Currie

Genetic Counsellor, ​MSc, CCGC, CGC

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

Dr. Graham Dellaire

PhD Experimental Medicine (McGill)

Dalhousie, Pathology

Dr. Francesca Di Cara

PhD (University of Naples “Federico II"), Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Edinburgh, University of Alberta)

Dalhousie University, Microbiology & Immunology/Pediatrics 

Ankur Dnyanmote

Research Assistant

​IWK Department of Nephrology 

Dr. Sarah Dyack

MD (Dalhousie University), FRCPC (Pediatrics), FCCMG (Clinical Genetics)

Dalhousie & IWK, Pediatrics/Medicine

Dr. Manal Elnenaei

Medical Biochemist trained in the UK, MSc, PhD University of London - Genetic Characterization of Multiple Myeloma, FRCPath (UK)

CDHA, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Conrad Fernandez

MD, FRCPC,  Hon BSc Genetics, Pediatric Hematology Oncology

​IWK, Pediatrics

Dr. Travis Gagie

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science, Algorithms & Bioinformatics

Dr. Martin Gardner

MD, Cardiology (FRCPC), EP Fellowship

QEII Health Sciences Centre, Medicine

Dr. Dan Gaston

PhD Biochemistry, Molecular Evolution, Bioinformatics, Genomics

NSHA, Dalhousie, Pathology

Dr. Sharan Goobie


IWK, Medical Genetics & Pediatrics

Doris Grant

  B.Sc (Agr), M.Sc (Agr)

Dalhousie University, Industry Liaison and Innovation

Dr. Wenda Greer

BSc, PhD, PDF - U of Alberta (DNA repair); PDF - U of T, Toronto Western Hospital (Human Genetics); CCMG fellowship - Certification in Human Molecular genetics 

Dalhousie & NSHA, Pathology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Matthew Herder

Dalhousie, Bioethics Dept., Associate in Law & Technology Institute

Dr. Eric Hoffman

PhD Genetics, Fellowship medical genetics, entrepreneur 

AGADA BioSciences (Adjunct Dal), Adjunct Pharmacology

Dr. Peter Hull

MD, FRCPC (Dermatology) PhD (human genetics)

Dalhousie, Medicine, Clinical Dermatology & Cutaneous Science

Dr. Jeremy Koenig

BSc in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, PhD in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Genetics & Microbiome

Athletigen, Human Genetics

Dr. Jamie Kramer

BSc (University of Guelph), PhD (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Biochemistry, Dalhousie University

Michelle Lane

Genetic Counsellor, MSc, CCGC

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

Dr. Morgan Langille

Basic Scientist (Academic)

Dalhousie, Pharmacology

Dr. Jason LeBlanc

MSc in Biochemistry, PhD in Microbiology (molecular pathogenesis), FCCM (fellowship in Clinical Microbiology), Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology d(ABMM) 

NSHA, Microbiology

Sara MacKay

Genetic Counsellor, ​MS, CCGC, CGC

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

Paola Marcato

BA/BSc, University of Alberta, PhD, University of Alberta, Postdoctoral Training, Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Paola Marignani

Honours BSc (U Windsor), MSC (Western University; Neurobiology), PhD (McMaster; Cell Membrane Biology), PDF (Harvard, UofT), Executive MBA (IVEY School of Business).

Dalhousie Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pathology

Dr. Victor Martinez

Clinical Genomics Specialist, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, IWK Health Centre

Dr. Christopher McMaster

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Post-doctoral training in Functional Genetics

​Dalhousie University, Pharmacology

Dr. Sandra Melanie Meier

Undergrad (Psychology), Master's (Psychology), PhD (Human Sciences)

Dalhousie University & IWK, Psychiatry

Dr. Andrew Orr

Associate Professor

Dalhousie Medicine, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Otley

Pediatric gastroenterologist with MSc in clinical epidemiology

IWK & Dalhousie, Clinical Researcher, Pediatrics & Medicine 

Dr. Sandhya Parkash

FRCPC (Pediatrics), CCMG

Dalhousie & IWK, Medical Genetics

Dr. Lynette Penney

BSc (honors) in Biochemistry with English and Chemistry minor, MD Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty training in Medical Genetics 

Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine and IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics Service, Pediatrics

Patricia Power

Genetic Counsellor, ​MSc, CCGC

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

Dr. Johane Robitaille

MDCM, Fellowships: Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Genetics

IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University, Primary: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Cross: Pathology & Pediatrics

Dr. Kirill Rosen


Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, Pediatrics & Biochemistry

Dr. Ferhan Siddiqi

MD, FRCPC, MScHQ, Basic science fellowship (postdoc)

Dalhousie, Medicine/Endocrinology

Dr. David Skidmore

Fellowship Medical Genetics, Residency (FRCPSC) Paediatrics, Undergraduate in Developmental Biology

​Maritime Medical Genetics, Pediatrics

Nicole Snow

Genetic Counsellor, ​MSc, CCGC

IWK, Maritime Medical Genetics

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Dr. Sanja Stanojevic

PhD (University College London) MSc (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) BSc (University of Western Ontario)

Dalhousie University, Community Health and Epidemiology

Dr. Philip Tibbo

MD, FRCPC and completed a Clinical Research Fellowship in Psychiatry at the University of Alberta.  Currently the Dr. Paul Janssen Chair in Psychotic Disorders, the Director, Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program and the Co-Director, Nova Scotia Psychosis Research Unit.

NSHA & Dalhousie, Psychiatry