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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine


The Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine (DPLM) at SickKids is a leading, world-class facility working towards reducing the impact of childhood illness by quickly providing diagnoses that lead to early selection of best treatment options. DPLM is a valuable and integral part of the SickKids team, generating original research and providing timely, specialized diagnostic services for health-care providers in Canada and around the world.

The Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine is composed of five divisions: 

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Genome Diagnostics
  • Haematopathology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology

Staff associated with these programs are listed below:

Senior Professional Staff 

Dr. Susan Richardson, MD, FRCP(C)
Interim Chief, Paediatric Laboratory Medicine
Head, Division of Microbiology

Research Interests

  • Antifungal resistance in Candida species - in vitro/in vivo correlation
  • Molecular mechanisms of resistance to azole anti-fungals
  • Rapid diagnosis of invasive fungal infections in the immunocompromised host
  • Strain typing of Candida species
  • Risk factors and long-term neurological outcome of neonatal candiasis

Dr. Khosrow Adeli, PhD, FCACB, DABCC, FACB
Head, Division of Clinical Biochemistry

Research Interests

  • Molecular mechanisms of dyslipidemia
  • Lipoprotein metabolism
  • ApoB gene expression
  • Animal models of obesity and insulin resistance
  • Hyperlipidemia in insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes

Dr. Mohamed Abdelhaleem, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)
Head, Division of Haematopathology

Research Interests

  • Cell Death
  • RNA helicases

Dr. Gino R. Somers, MBBS, PhD, FRCPA
Head, Division of Pathology

Research Interests

  • Paediatric sarcomas
  • Diagnostic molecular pathology
  • LEAN management tools


Department of Paediatric Laboratory Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8