Dr. Andrew Leidal, PhD

Dr. Andrew Leidal



Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Full Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.3816
Lab: 403.210.6610


Office: HRIC 4C62
Lab: HRIC 4C50-54

Preferred method of communication

Leslie Cooper

Administrative Assistant




Research theme

My background and interests are in the areas of autophagy, inflammation and chronic diseases. Autophagy is a lysosomal degradation process essential for homeostasis and adaptation to stress. Although traditionally viewed as a catabolic pathway, there is increasing evidence that autophagy also facilitates the secretion of molecules outside the cell, a process termed ‘secretory autophagy’. My research focuses on two broad goals: 1) delineate the role of the autophagy pathway in secretion and exocytosis; and 2) the contributions of these functions to inflammation and immunity.



  • Calico / California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) Longevity Fellowship Award,
  • Cancer Research Society (CRS) Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists,
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship,
  • Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Research,