The Van Raamsdonk Lab

Department of Medical Genetics, Life Sciences Institute
University of British Columbia (UBC)

Welcome to the Van Raamsdonk Lab.  Led by Dr. Catherine Van Raamsdonk, we are located in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

We study pigment cells, called melanocytes, to understand both their normal development and the process by which they are transformed into malignant melanoma. Click on the "Research" tab above to learn more.


Click on the "Publications" tab to download open access versions of lab publications.



Recent highlights from the lab:

  • Van Raamsdonk Lab at the Molecular Genetics Wing retreat - June 2019
    Van Raamsdonk Lab at the Molecular Genetics Wing retreat - June 2019
  • Skin pigmentation mutations in mice
    Skin pigmentation mutations in mice
  • Former graduate student, Jenny Huang. Still publishing papers with us!
    Former graduate student, Jenny Huang. Still publishing papers with us!
  • White spotting in a mouse pup treated with an endothelin inhibitor in utero
    White spotting in a mouse pup treated with an endothelin inhibitor in utero
  • Convocation ceremony for graduate students, Oscar Urtatiz and Fagun Jain. Congratulations!
    Convocation ceremony for graduate students, Oscar Urtatiz and Fagun Jain. Congratulations!
  • Primary CNS melanoma in a GNAQ Q209L mutant mouse model
    Primary CNS melanoma in a GNAQ Q209L mutant mouse model
  • The LSI during one of the many poster sessions held during the year
    The LSI during one of the many poster sessions held during the year
Van Raamsdonk Lab at the Molecular Genetics Wing retreat - June 2019
Van Raamsdonk Lab at the Molecular Genetics Wing retreat - June 2019

Roula Farag's presentation in the 3MT competition. Congratulations Roula!

 Our January 2020 cover on the journal of Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research

This image shows the lower back/tail region of an E9.5 mouse embryo expressing Tomato in neural crest cells. Melanocytes are a neural crest cell derivative.

                              Co-culture of melanocytes (red) 
                          and keratinocytes (by Oscar Urtatiz)

Thank you to the funding sources for research in our lab: