Dr. William Lockwood
Scientist – Genetics Unit, Integrative Oncology, BC Cancer Agency Research Centre

Blog Posts by Dr. William Lockwood

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The Future of Lung Cancer Research

The future of lung cancer research is truly exciting! From therapies harnessing the power of the immune system to attack tumours to the novel methods of early detection, innovative ways to reduce lung cancer mortality are already showing up in the clinic. While my lab is involved in these fields, one area I am particularly interested in is identifying new targets for combination-based therapies in lung cancer. By understanding patterns of genes that are deregulated in lung tumours, we hope to develop therapies that inhibit multiple genes at once to stop the growth of cancer cells in patients...

How Philanthropy Fuels Cancer Research

BC Cancer Foundation donors have been vital in establishing my research lab and the projects that my group currently has underway. When I was reaching the end of my postdoctoral fellowship and looking for job opportunities as an independent investigator, I didn’t think that coming back to B.C. would be a possibility. Although I had a very novel skill set and research platform, I was told that it was unlikely that institutions in Canada would provide the resources necessary to support such a program. I was interviewing throughout the United States and had received offers from large...

Creating a Lab for Lung Cancer Research

I started in May of 2014 as a Scientist in the Department of Integrative Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre. As opposed to my previous training positions, this role is fully independent, which means it involved setting up my own laboratory with graduate students and other trainees that conduct research under my supervision. Although it was quite a daunting process to get things up and running, I was able to hire some very bright and energetic people that made the transition much easier. I now have four students and a technician in the lab, all of whom are fierce workers making...

From Student to Scientist

Back when I was a student, Dr. Wan Lam had a new group that was pioneering a cutting-edge technology to enable the first comprehensive assessment of the genetic alterations that drive cancer development. Soon, I was spending my nights and weekends at the lab and after finishing my undergraduate degree, I started my PhD with Wan as my supervisor. It was during this time that I became involved in lung cancer research, mainly due to the outstanding collaborative group at the BC Cancer Agency that consists of researchers, oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and respirologists and is led by Dr...

Dr. Will Lockwood: Developing a Passion for Cancer Research

Hi, my name is Will Lockwood and I am a scientist at the BC Cancer Agency. My path to a career in cancer research has been more straightforward than most, but was aided by the mentorship and support of many people. I am a B.C. boy through and through, born and raised in Kamloops. As with most kids, school—science in particular—was the last thing on my mind; hockey and lacrosse were my main obsessions. All that changed when my mom went back to school to become a nurse. As she talked about the things she learned in class—and through reading her textbooks—I became fascinated by science and human...