Philip Awadalla

Molecular Genetics

PhD, MSc

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
661 University Avenue, Suite 6-42, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 0A3
Research Interests
Bioinformatics and computational biology, Cancer, Genome analysis and sequencing, Population genomics

Working with empirical genomic data and modern computational models, the laboratory addresses questions relevant to how genetics and the environment influence the frequency and severity of diseases in human populations. Our population genomic work focuses on capturing genetic determinants of molecular, cellular or imaging-derived phenotypes, specifically associated with ageing, cancer and infectious diseases. Coupling large datasets with novel AI tools allow us to determine factors associated with variation in how we age and respond to a changing environment.

Courses taught

  • MGY470 Human Genetics
  • Advanced Computational Biology


  • 2021 International Google Cloud Innovator (US)
  • 2020 OICR - Senior Investigator Award (Can)
  • 2018 Queen’s University Bi-annual Haust Lecture (Can)
  • 2017 University of Alberta, John McGregor Memorial Annual Lecture (Can)
  • 2015 National Academies of South Africa – Distinguished Scientist Award (SA)
  • 2013 Fondation Recherche Sante Quebec – Mid Career Researcher Award (Can)
  • 2012 Canadian Society for Clinical Research, Young Clinical Investigator of the Year (Joe Doupe Award) (Can)
  • 2010 Genome Quebec Recruitment Award in Population Genomics and Epidemiology (Can)


  • Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health