• Afshin Raouf
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    613 Basic Medical Sciences Bldg.
    745 Bannatyne Avenue

    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2

    Phone: 204-975-7704

Accepting graduate students

Research interests

  • Development of more effective therapies against malignant breast cancer tumours
  • Develop stem cell therapies for chronic non-healing wounds

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Research summary

The overarching goal of our research program is to understand the role of tissue environment and the tissue resident immune cells in healing and response to therapy.

To this end, we are engaged in two major and fundamental projects: We use patient samples to recreate the tumour microenvironment and understand the immunobiology of breast cancer tumours, and the reasons behind inability of immune cells to detect and eliminate cancer cells. In a separate project we use primary human cells to create wound healing models to examine the immune suppressive properties of mesenchymal stem cells and how they can be used to improve the chronic non-healing wounds.


Dr. Raouf received his PhD degree from University of Toronto and his postdoctoral training in the Terry Fox Labs in Vancouver, BC in normal and malignant stem cell biology. He is currently the team leader for the TFRI- Prairie Cancer Research Consortium and breast cancer research group and the Manitoba Breast Cancer Research group. He is an active member of the CIHR Collage of Reviewers and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for high impact journals such as Cell, Cell Stem Cell and PNAS.


Contact us

Max Rady College of Medicine
Apotex Centre
Room 471, 750 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada