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Mei Lin Bissonnette


Anatomic Pathology


Renal Pathologist

Director, Renal Pathology Laboratory

Mei Lin Bissonnette





Clinical Associate Professor, UBC




I was born and raised in a small town on Lake Michigan, and I completed my undergraduate studies in Baltimore, Maryland. I then received my MD and my PhD, which focused on the molecular and structural functions of viral proteins, at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. I continued my medical training at the University of Chicago, where I eventually focused on renal pathology. I moved to Vancouver in 2015 to join the pathology department at St. Paul's Hospital.

Academic Background

  • BA (Honors, Biophysics), Johns Hopkins University, 2001

  • MD, PhD (Medical Scientist Training Program), Northwestern University 2010

  • Anatomic Pathology Residency, University of Chicago, 2014

  • American Board of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology), 2014

  • Renal Pathology Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2015

  • FRCPC (Anatomical Pathology), 2016

Expertise / Research Interests / Teaching Interests

  • Renal Pathology

  • Renal allograft pathology


  • Andeen NK, Jefferson JA, Akilesh S, Alpers CE, Bissonnette ML, Finn LS, Higgins J, Houghton DC, Kambham N, Magil A, Najafian B, Nicosia RF, Troxell ML, Smith KD. 2018. IgA-dominant glomerulonephritis with a membranoproliferative pattern of injury. Hum Pathol. 81:272-280.

  • Mammen C, Bissonnette ML, Matsell DG. 2017. Acute kidney injury in children with sickle cell disease-compounding a chronic problem. Pediatr Nephrol. 32(8):1287-1291.

  • Bissonnette ML, Land LC, Chang A. 2016. Extreme Renal Pathology in Alagille Syndrome. Kidney Int Rep. 2(3):493-497.

  • Bissonnette ML, Henriksen KJ, Delaney K, Stankus N, Chang A. 2016. Medullary vascular thrombosis and injury in sickle-hemoglobin C disease. J Am Soc Nephrol. 27(5):1300-1304.

  • Wilson R, Teng L, Bachmeyer K, Bissonnette ML, Husain A, Parham D, Triche T, Wing M, Gastier-Foster J, Barr F, Hawkins D, Anderson J, Skapek S, and Volchenboum S. 2013. A novel algorithm for simplification of complex gene classifiers in cancer. Can Res. 73(18):5625-5632.

  • Bissonnette, ML, Kocherginsky M, Tretiakova M, Jimenez RE, Barkan GS, Mehta V, Sirintrapun SJ, Steinberg GD, White KP, Stricker T, and Paner GP. 2013. The different morphologies of urachal adenocarcinoma do not discriminate genomically by microRNA expression profiling. Hum Pathol. 44(8):1605-1611.

  • Bissonnette ML. Entries on Mediastinitis, Mediastinal ectopic thyroid, Ectopic parathyroid, Mitral valve stenosis, Mitral valve regurgitation, Prosthetic valves, Dilated cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy, Hypertensive heart disease, Drug cardiotoxicity, and Infectious vasculitis. In Aliya N. Husain (Ed.) High Yield Thoracic Pathology. Philadelphia, PA, Saunders Elsevier, 2012.

  • Mandapat, AL, Eddleman CS, Bissonnette ML, Batjer HH, and Zembower TR. 2011. Idiopathic pontine Streptococcus salivarius abscess in an immunocompetent patient: Management lessons through case illustration and literature review. Scand J Infect Dis. 43:837-847.

  • Bissonnette ML, Donald JE, DeGrado WF, Jardetzky TS, and Lamb RA. 2009. Functional analysis of the transmembrane domain in paramyxovirus F protein-mediated membrane fusion. J. Mol. Biol. 386:14-36.

  • Bissonnette ML, Connolly SA, Young DF, Randall RE, Paterson RG, and Lamb RA. 2006. Analysis of the pH requirement for membrane fusion of different isolates of the paramyxovirus parainfluenza virus 5. J. Virol. 80:3071-3077.



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