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About Tony Rupar

Dr. Tony Rupar is a molecular geneticist researching the genetic causes of disease with goals to improve diagnosis, including newborn screening, and treatment of gene-related diseases and disorders.

Children's Health Collaborators: Chitra Prasad, Victoria Mok Siu, and Bekim Sadikovic

Clinical Activities
Keywords: Clinical biochemical genetics, Newborn Screening, Inborn errors of metabolism

Description of clinical activities: I am the Section Head at the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre.  I help to ensure the quality of our laboratory's results and oversee validation of new methods.  I also act as a consultant for both physicians and laboratory staff regarding laboratory tests.

Research Activities
Description of Research Activities: The research activities of my laboratory are directed at understanding the causes of human biochemical genetic diseases, developing new diagnostic procedures and treatments.

Current projects in my laboratory focus on leukodystrophy (MLD), an autosomal recessively inherited neurodegenerative disorder. Delivery of genetic health care and the use of single nucleotide polymorphism arrays and exome sequencing to identify the causes of novel genetic diseases. Development of diagnostic enzyme assays for lysosomal storage diseases using dried blood dot specimens in place of whole blood or tissue biopsy specimen which is especially beneficial in pediactrics.

Research Interest Area: Genetics
Research Overview: Pathophysiology/treatment approaches in mouse model of metachromatic leukodystrophy; Population genetics and ID of novel disease causing genes; Therapies for metachromatic leukodystrophy


Present Professor, Western University Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Present Professor, Western University Department of Biochemistry
Present Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute ‐ Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI)


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