• Portrait of John Gartner
  • Professor 

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Room 401 - 727 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2

    Phone: 204-789-3382  
    Fax: 203-789-3931


Research summary

Dr. John Gartner's research is dedicated to leveraging structural genomic approaches for cancer risk stratification. Collaborating closely with Dr. Sabine Mai at CancerCare Manitoba, his team utilizes 3D-telomere profiling and superresolution microscopic examination to analyze nuclear DNA structure. Recently, Dr. Gartner has shifted his focus to collaborative research with Dr. Sabine Mai, aiming to apply structural genomic changes in stratifying the risk of tumor progression across neuroblastoma, thyroid cancers, and kidney cancers. To support his research endeavors, Dr. Gartner has secured a total career funding of $3,102,700 from national and local research funding agencies. Currently, he holds grants as a co-principal investigator with Dr. Mai.

Research interests

  • Cancer biology
  • Transplantation immunology

Research affiliations

  • Professor, Pathology, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba
  • Department of Immunology, Max Rady College of Medicine
  • Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine


Brief bio

Dr. John Gartner holds the position of professor of pathology in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. His career spans both clinical practice and research, with a specialized focus on general surgical pathology, particularly kidney pathology.

Following his pathology training, he secured an MRC fellowship to explore research interests in transplantation immunology. For over three decades, from 1983 to 2015, his research endeavors centered on the immunopathogenesis of graft-versus-host disease. Additionally, he served as the head of pathology at the University of Manitoba from 2005 to 2015.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gartner has mentored two PhD students, four master’s students, and several post-doctoral fellows.


  • Department of Immunology, Max Rady College of Medicine
  • Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine


  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Surgeons, Anatomic Pathology (1980)
  • Doctor of Medicine, McGill University (1976)



  • Scholastic Award, Doctors Manitoba


  • Wild Leitz Award Scientific Research Award, Canadian Association of Pathologists


  • MRC Research Fellowship

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Max Rady College of Medicine
401 Brodie, 727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada