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Dr. Patrick Tang

Medical Microbiologist, BC Centre for Disease Control
Program Head, TB/Mycobacteriology and Molecular Microbiology & Genomics, BC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory, Provincial Health Services Authority Laboratories
Clinical Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC


Dr. Tang is a Medical Microbiologist at the BCCDC and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is the Program Head of the Tuberculosis/Mycobacteriology Laboratory and Head of the Molecular Microbiology and Genomics Program at the BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory. He completed a combined MD/PhD at UBC and residency training in Medical Microbiology at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the BCCDC, he was a Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco where he used metagenomics to hunt for novel viruses. Dr. Tang’s research interests are in the application of metagenomics to public health and infectious diseases as well as the development of new molecular diagnostics. His research projects include searching for infectious agents in cancer and chronic diseases, genomic epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, viral genomics and metagenomics.

Selected publications:
Janjua NZ, Skowronski DM, Hottes TS, Osei W, Adams E, Petric M, Lem M, Tang P, De Serres G, Patrick DM, Bowering D. Transmission dynamics and risk factors for pandemic H1N1-related illness: outbreak investigation in a rural community of British Columbia, Canada. Influenza Other Respi Viruses. 2012; 6(3):e54-62.  

Dhillon BK, Ho Sui SJ, Gardy JL, Brunham RC, Tang P, Brinkman FSL. Bioinformatics approaches for analyzing short-read Illumina sequences of whole Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomes from an outbreak. RECOMB 2011. Vancouver, BC, 2011.  

Murray MCM, Cooper J, Tang P, Hajek J, Kollman TR. An eight-month-old with cervical adenitis. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2012; 23(3):e53-4.  

Saveh-Shemshaki F, Shechter SM, Tang P, Isaac-Renton J. Setting sites for faster results: Optimizing locations and capacities of new tuberculosis testing laboratories. IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. 2012; 2(4): 248-58.  

Johnston JC, Admon AJ, Ibrahim A, Elwood K, Cook VJ, Tang P, Fitzgerald M. Long Term Follow-up of Contacts of Drug Resistant and Drug Susceptible Tuberculosis in a Low Incidence Setting. BMC Infect Dis. 2012;12: 266.
Last Updated: August 25, 2014