Dr. Christopher Ong is a senior research scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia. He is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar. Dr. Ong’s research interest is focused on studying disease mechanisms at the molecular and cellular levels. A strong underlying emphasis of his research efforts is in translational research with the aim of translating laboratory-based discoveries into tangible clinical applications. In particular, his research interests are primarily focused on understanding molecular mechanisms that control treatment resistance of prostate cancer. Dr. Ong believes that insights into these pathways will guide the development of new molecular targeted therapeutics for treating castration resistant prostate cancer.