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  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Human anatomy and cell science
    University of Manitoba
    Room 130 – Basic Medical Sciences Building
    745 Bannatyne Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0J9

    Phone: 204-789-3893
    Laboratory phone: 204-789-3981
    Fax: 204-789-3920


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Dr. Thomas Klonisch’s translational research program focuses on adult brain tumors. His research goals include (i) the discovery and testing of new improved drug treatments that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and target brain tumors and/or cells in the tumor microenvironment, (ii) target and block selected cellular pathways critical for tumor cell survival, (iii) employ small molecule based reprogramming of innate immune cells to treat brain cancer and (iii) identify and exploit molecular mechanisms of treatment resistance. His team collects patient brain tumor cells and blood for biobanking to enable patient-centered research.


Dr. Klonisch has an MD, PhD degree from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany. He started his academic career at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Mainz, Germany. He received a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Germany. Dr. Klonisch completed two PDF fellowships at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, and the Immunoprotein Engineering group, University College London, London, UK. In 1996, he joined the anatomy and cell biology department at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. He taught all aspects of anatomy and performed cancer research. Dr. Klonisch received his certification as anatomist by the German Anatomical Society in 1999 and completed his Habilitation work in 2000. In 2004, he became a full professor and head at the human anatomy and cell science department at the Max Rady College of Medicine, where he served as department head for 15 years.



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Human Anatomy and Cell Science
130 Basic Medical Science Building
745 Bannatyne Avenue

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada