Dr. Michael O. Woods, PhD
Associate Professor, Discipline of Genetics, Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Genetic etiology of colorectal cancer; novel gene discovery; gene variant interpretation
My primary research interests involve identifying the causes of hereditary diseases affecting Newfoundlanders & Labradorians. In our lab we study families with inherited colorectal cancer, intracranial aneurysms, and eye disorders, primarily. Using next generation DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, and utilizing the strong family and clinical data we have gathered, we identify genes and mutations that affect families in our province. This data can then be used to inform clinical management of patients in NL, as well as those in other jurisdictions with similar genetic disease.
Hometown: St. John’s, NL
What brought you to your current institution?
After completing my post-doc at the Samuel Lunenfeld Institute in Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, there was an opportunity to come home and work on colorectal cancer genetics at Memorial University. The Newfoundland population has a preponderance of hereditary colorectal cancer and the genetics program at Memorial is well developed. It seemed like an excellent fit!