Brian Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Awards & Honours

  • Fellowship, Cole Foundation, 2009-2010
  • Fellowship, Canada-United Kingdom Millennium Research Awards, 2005-2007
  • Fellowship, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2005-2007
  • Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, 2004-2007
  • Doctoral Award, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, 2001-2003
  • Doctoral Award, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, 2000-2002
  • Doctoral Award, University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship, 1998-2000


  • Postdoctoral training with Guy Sauvageau, IRIC, Université de Montréal, 2007-2010
  • Postdoctoral training with Jürg Bähler, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, U.K., 2004-2007
  • Ph.D. in Medical Genetics with Dixie Mager, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, 1998-2003

Research Support

  • Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Cole Foundation

After finishing his undergraduate studies in the Co-op Biology program at the University of Waterloo, Brian Wilhelm undertook his Ph.D. in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in the lab of Dr. Dixie Mager where he studied the transcriptional regulation of the Ly49 family of NK receptors.

His interest in studying transcriptional regulation in a more global fashion took him to the functional genomics lab of Dr. Jürg Bähler, then at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) in Cambridge, U.K. During this postdoctoral term, Brian Wilhelm was able to gain wide-ranging experience in using microarrays to study gene expression and protein DNA interactions (ChIP-chip). Technology development at the WTSI also provided the opportunity to utilize next-generation DNA sequencing technologies and to use these to study transcriptional behaviour.

After his arrival in Montréal in 2007, Brian Wilhelm applied his experience in high-throughput technologies in the lab of Dr. Guy Sauvageau at IRIC to study the biology of normal and leukemic hematopoietic stem cells.

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