Rusung Tan

Rusung Tan

License Number: 
P7971 Consultant (Laboratory Medicine / Microbiology)

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About Rusung Tan

Chair of Pathology

Dr. Tan received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia and trained in Montreal before working as a family physician for four years.

He subsequently completed a residency in Pathology (Medical Microbiology) in Vancouver and a PhD from the Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

He returned to Vancouver in 1997 to practice pathology and pursue research and was made Professor in 2007. Dr. Tan is the previous Head of Pathology at Children’s & Women’s Hospital and has been the Chair of Pathology at Sidra since 2014. His main research contributions have been in understanding the role that immune cells play in autoimmunity, and in the primary immunodeficiency, X-linked lymphoproliferative disease.

Dr. Tan has been the receipient of many awards including the Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship in Medicine, the Lotte Straus Award and a Michael Smith Foundation Senior Scholar Award.

He is currently a Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar, and Professor Emeritus of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

  •   Degrees:  MD PhD FRCPC
  •   Specialities:  Medical Microbiology and Virology
Years of Experience
Clinical Excellence Awards


Depletion of Human DNA in Spiked Clinical Specimens for Improvement of Sensitivity of Pathogen Detection by Next-Generation Sequencing
J Clin Microbiol. 54(4):919-27...
Hasan MR, Rawat A, Tang P, Jithesh PV, Thomas E, Tan R, Tilley P
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Evaluation of amplification targets for the specific detection of Bordetella pertussis using real-time polymerase chain reaction
Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 25(4):217-21...
Hasan MR, Tan R, Al-Rawahi GN, Thomas E, Tilley P
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Innate immune control of EBV-infected B cells by invariant natural killer T cells
Blood. 122(15):2600-8...
Chung BK, Tsai K, Allan LL, Zheng DJ, Nie JC, Biggs CM, Hasan MR, Kozak FK, van den Elzen P, Priatel JJ, Tan R
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SLAM-SAP signaling promotes differentiation of IL-17 producing T cells and progression of experimental autoimmune encephalitis
Journal of Immunology. 2014; 193:5841-53...
Y. Huang, K. Tsai, C. Ma, B, Vallance, J. Priatel and R. Tan
CD1d Expression and Invariant NKT Cell Responses in Herpesvirus Infections
Front Immunol. 2015 Jun 25;6:312...
Chung BK, Priatel JJ and R. Tan
Production of chemokines by T regulatory cells is required for therapeutic attenuation of autoimmunity and allograft rejection
J. Clin Invest. 2016;126:1039-51...
S. Patterson, A. Pesenacker, A. Wang, J. Gillies, M. Mojibian, K. Morishita, R. Tan, T. Kieffer, C.B. Verchere, C. Panagiotopoulos, MK Levings
Comparative evaluation of laboratory developed, real time PCR assays and RealStar® BKV PCR Kit for quantitative detection of BK polyomavirus
Journal of Virological Methods. 2016;234:80-6...
M. Hasan, G. Al Rawahi, E. Thomas, R. Tan, P. Tilley
Pre-diagnostic genotyping identifies T1D subjects with impaired Treg Il-2 signaling and an elevated proportion of FoxP3+IL-17+ cells
2016. Genes and Immunity. In Press....
A.K. Marwaha, C. Panagiotopoulos, C.M. Biggs, S. Staiger, K. Del Bel, A. Hirschfeld, J. Priatel, S. Turvey and R. Tan