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Michael Olson is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Cell Biology, in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research seeks to identify and understand the characteristics of cancer cells that are prone to migrate from their primary sites to secondary sites (known as metastasis) so that drugs can be created to treat cancer more effectively. He is also the editor-in-chief of Small GTPases.

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Interview with Michael Olson by ZoneCast



Institute of Cancer Research, London UK

Institute of Cancer Research Fellow

University College London, London UK

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Fellow

University of Toronto, Toronto Canada

PhD, Pharmacology

University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada

Bachelors of Science, Genetics


Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology

Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto, Canada

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Institute of Cancer Sciences

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, UK


2004 – 2018

Senior Group Leader

Director of Graduate Studies

Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK

Professor of Molecular Oncology,

Deputy Postgraduate Convenor

Institute of Cancer Sciences

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, UK


2001– 2004

Assistant Investigator, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cancer Biology, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, USA

1998 – 2001

University Research Fellow of The Royal Society,
Institute of Cancer Research

London, UK

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