Dr. Nathan Lack

Dr. Nathan Lack

BSc, University of British Columbia (2004)
PhD, University of Oxford (2009)

Clinical and Research Scientists

Senior Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey)


Dr. Nathan Lack is a Senior Research Scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre. He obtained a DPhil (PhD) in Pharmacology from the University of Oxford in 2009 and then did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Vancouver Prostate Centre with Dr. Emma Guns and Professor Paul Rennie. Nathan became an Assistant Professor at Koç University in the School of Medicine (Istanbul) in 2011 and was awarded Associate Professorship in 2015. In addition to his academic research, Nathan previously worked for AnorMED Inc., where he was involved in the development of the FDA-approved therapeutic Plerixafor.

The Lack Laboratory is focused on identify and characterizing novel drug targets to treat aggressive late-stage prostate cancer by utilizing advanced functional genomics techniques in combination with classical pharmacology. In addition to extensive publications, the research from his group has identified several compounds that have been licenced and progressed to clinical development. Since it’s initiation, the Lack laboratory has obtained several million dollars of funding from national, international and industrial sources. For this work, Nathan has received numerous awards including the Vancouver Coast Health Research Institute’s Rising Star and the prestigious TÜBA-GEBIP which is given to the best young scientists in Turkey.

For further information, please see his laboratory website.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.


2016 Step Up team

Step Up Challenge fundraiser: February 25, 2018

The annual Step Up Challenge, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, takes place in Vancouver on Sunday February 25. Click here to sponsor our relay team as they climbs 379 floors. Click here to volunteer to help with the event.

It's a Snow Day poster

It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour: March 9

Mt. Seymour is hosting It's A Snow Day, a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, on Friday March 9. The event will include slope time, a reception, and a silent auction. Click here for more details including how to register, donate and/or sponsor.




Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Discovery of a promising new medication to block "master key" of cancer growth

Dr. Chris Ong
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Drs. Wyatt and Chi: ctDNA predicts resistance to AR-targeted therapy

VCHRI News article on study of ctDNA predicting resistance to AR-targeted therapy

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