Torsten Nielsen

Professor (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC)
Degrees / Designations 


Email Address 
604.875.4111 x66768
Mailing Address 
Anatomical Pathology JPN1401 Vancouver Hospital, 855 West 12th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9


Academic Appointment 
Disorders and Conditions 

Dr. Nielsen was born in North Vancouver and inspired to be a cancer researcher by Terry Fox. He completed the MD/PhD training program at McGill and the Anatomical Pathology residency program at UBC, with additional training at Stanford and in England. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor at UBC and started his lab at VCHRI in 2003, and was promoted to full professor in 2012. Dr. Nielsen is also an affilated member of the departments of Orthopaedics and of Urological Sciences

Current Projects 

1. Translational research in breast cancer - developing clinically-practical predictive biomarkers using tissue microarray and Nanostring technology

2. Molecular oncology of sarcomas afflicting the AYA (adolescent and young adult) population - synovial sarcoma, myxoid liposarcoma, epithelioid sarcoma and related cancers

3. Correlative science support for clinical trials in breast cancer and sarcoma, in association with the Canadian Cancer Trials Group