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Dr Spencer Gibson

Dr Spencer Gibson


  • Professor, Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, University of Manitoba
  • Senior Investigator, Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology
  • Director , Translational Research, Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology
  • Provinical Director, CancerCare Manitoba



Dr Spencer B. Gibson was born in Sudbury, Ontario and received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He then attended the University of Toronto where he gained his PhD in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. During his PhD studies, he traveled to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas as a pre-doctoral fellow where he completed his PhD studies. Dr Gibson was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado. His research was supported by a fellowship from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Dr Gibson then accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Manitoba and has beenĀ a Senior Investigator at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology since 1999. Dr Gibson received salary support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Young Investigator Award during this time. In 2005, he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2009 will become a Full Professor. In 2008, the Manitoba Health Research Council awarded Dr Gibson a Manitoba Research Chair to support his research efforts. At the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, Dr Gibson is Director of Translational Research and he contributed to the creation of the Manitoba Prostate Cancer Bank and initiated new studies in the area of prostate cancer research with a clear translational research goal. His research focuses on understanding regulation of cell survival and cell death in prostate cancer cells, allowing for effective therapeutic strategies thatĀ alter this regulation to provide drug resistance.
Current Areas of Collaboration: Collaborate with surgeons to bank prostate tissue samples and determine levels of vitamin D in a population based project in the Manitoba Prostate Centre.

genes/genetic polymorphisms, gene regulation, apoptosis, cell survival, autophagy, death receptors, signal transduction, Bcl-2 family members, cancer initiation, localized therapies.

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