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Vincent Duronio: Scientific Advisory Team Lead

Professor, Department of Respiratory Medicine UBC;  former UBC Director of Experimental Medicine Graduate program.  Vincent Duronio received a B.Sc. in Chemistry/Biology from U. Windsor, followed by a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at U. Western Ontario. He then did a post-doctoral fellowship at Burroughs Wellcome Laboratories in North Carolina (now part of GlaxoSmithKline), working on the function and phosphorylation of insulin and IGF-I receptors.

Dr. Vincent Duronio, Ph.D.
Dr. Vincent Duronio, Ph.D.

Returning to Canada to join the Biomedical Research Centre and then the UBC Dept. of Medicine, he initiated studies of signalling via cytokine receptors, making many novel findings regarding their key role in cell proliferation and cell survival. Expanding on the key role of the newly described PI 3-kinase pathways, and discovering its essential role in cell survival, the Duronio laboratory went on to examine the role of BCL-2 family proteins in apoptosis, and extended the scope of its research from cytokines involved in inflammation into the fields of cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory science, as well as tendon biology. Dr. Duronio progressed through the ranks at UBC, becoming a full Professor in 2003.


He held continuous funding since his Ph.D. studies from the Medical Research Council of Canada, and subsequently the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, beginning with scholarship and fellowship funding and then grant support. His research has also been supported by numerous agencies including the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Cancer Research Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Lung Association and he was in the inaugural group of awardees from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.  

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