Dr. Christian Steidl is world leader in lymphoma research. His research program on cancer genomics and the immune biology of the tumour microenvironment has already led to breakthrough discoveries in the field. His research strives to identify biomarkers, and rapidly integrate new findings into clinical care, to improve treatment and ultimately survival for lymphoma patients.
His highly successful research in this field has resulted in recognition of the highest honour for a Canadian scholar: Dr. Stedil has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Steidl is Department Head for Lymphoid Cancer Research at BC Cancer Agency and an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of British Columbia. He holds an MD from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a PhD-equivalent degree from the University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany. Dr. Steidl has expertise in clinical malignant hematology, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, next generation sequencing and functional genomics.
Dr. Steidl joined the Centre for Lymphoid Cancer at BC Cancer Agency in 2006. He is currently supervising a translational research laboratory focusing on the pathogenesis of B cell lymphomas. He is most known for his work on biomarkers in Hodgkin lymphoma and the discovery of novel gene fusions in B cell lymphomas. He has authored numerous refereed articles in the field of hematological malignancies and has been an invited speaker at many conferences. He also serves as a member of the Lymphoma Research Foundation's Panel of Scientific Advisors and the Cancer Research Society's Medical Expert Committee.
Dr. Steidl holds research funding as a principal investigator from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada and the Canadian Hematology Society. He is also co-investigator on a Genome Canada grant to advance personalized treatments of lymphoid cancer patients.
This year, the Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada have elected 70 new Fellows. The newly elected Fellows have diverse backgrounds and disciplines. They have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.
To view a complete list of newly elected Fellows and their nomination citations, go here.
This year's new Fellows will be inducted to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada during the Induction and Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 24 at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel in Manitoba.
Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences; in addition to Canada's first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership, The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Its mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.