Savraj Grewal

Dr. Savraj Grewal

Pronouns: He/Him



Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.210.6535

Preferred method of communication

Admin Assistant

Samantha Veress


Office: 403.220.6553


Educational Background

B.S. Pharmacology, King's College, 1992

Doctor of Philosophy Cell Biology, Oregon Health & Sciences Univ., 2001


Dr Savraj Grewal is a Professor at the University of Calgary and the Associate Director, Basic & Translational Research at the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute. Dr. Grewal obtained his BSc in Pharmacology from Kings College London, UK in 1992. He obtained his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon in 2001. He then carried out postdoctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr Grewal joined the faculty at the University of Calgary in 2007


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Cell tissue growth using Drosophila as a model system
Summary of Research

Our research is aimed at understanding how cells grow and multiply. The coordinated regulation of cell growth and proliferation is essential during animal development for controlling organ and organism size, while in cancer deregulated cell growth is often an early event in tumor formation. Our lab uses a combination of molecular, genetic, and biochemical approaches to study cell, tissue and body growth in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. The processes that control cell growth are remarkably similar across different species. For example, similar genes regulate cell growth in both humans and fruit flies, and mutations in these genes often lead to cancer. The broad goal of the our lab, therefore, is to use Drosophila as a model organism to provide insight into fundamental mechanisms of growth control that are important for human health and disease. 

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Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
MDGE 723 Transl'n Prot Fold, Post-Trns Fall Semesters
MDSC 541 Advanced Genetics Fall Semesters