Karla Williams PhD, BSc

Associate Professor (tenure)

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Dr. Williams received her PhD from the University of Guelph in 2013. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Western University and is now an assistant professor at UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Karla Williams' research program is focused on cancer metastasis and the development of evidence-based medicine for non-invasive methods of cancer detection and monitoring. Dr. Williams studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving tumor cell metastasis and is exploring the use of extracellular vesicles to help detect and diagnose cancer. The overall goal of Dr. Williams’ research is to enhance our understanding of tumor cell metastasis, identify and validate potential therapeutic targets, and develop non-invasive biomarker-based tests to improve the clinical management of cancer.

Other Websites

Canada Research Chair in Oncology. 2018-2028

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Scholars Award. 2018-2023.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2015-2018.

Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2014.

Contact Details

(604) 822-9915


Office 5504, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

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