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John Tyson

Dr. John Tyson
Dr. John R Tyson is a senior scientist for Wet Lab Genomics at the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC.


Dr. John R Tyson has a background in molecular cell biology and genomics, with a particular focus on next generation sequencing technologies and molecular diagnostics. He has recently joined the BCCDC as a senior scientist focusing on microbial genomics. 

In collaboration with local and international colleges, he has helped developed cost-effective, and widely-adopted, SARS-CoV-2 sequencing methods (ARTIC network amplicon sequencing). His work has continued within BCCDC on tracking and characterizing the genetic drift observed in the SARS-CoV-2 genome lineages here in BC and the emergence of variants of concern (VoC).


Dr. Tyson holds a BSc and PhD in molecular cell biology from the University of Manchester. He was a research fellow at the University of Bristol and Simon Fraser University, and he has been a research associate at the University of British Columbia since 2005.


For a list of publications, see PubMed.

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