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Welcome to Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre

The world-class scientific team at the Genome Sciences Centre plays a major role in advancing the fields of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, epigenomics, metagenomics, and bioinformatics. Our scientists are involved in many collaborative sequencing projects within Canada and around the world.

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Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) has a primary mandate to develop and deploy genomics technologies in support of life sciences research, and in particular cancer research.


In addition to our cancer research efforts, we are involved in genomic research projects across the life sciences spectrum: 

  • Infectious disease research:

       The rapid sequencing of the SARS Coronavirus, sequencing and genome analysis of the avian flu (H7N3), Tuberculosis outbreak tracking

  • Contributions to sequencing economically and environmentally important organisms: 

       Including cattle, salmon, poplar and spruce trees, mountain pine beetle, amphibian sentinel species,  and wine grapes

  • Other health-related projects: 

       Healthy Aging, intellectual disability, prenatal testing, epigenomics research (across Canada and Internationally)

A key element of the GSC is the genomics, proteomics and informatics platforms. The priority of the platforms is to develop innovative means to automate the sequencing process, develop cost-effective measures that will make such research financially viable, and utilize leading edge computing tools to collect, mine, analyze and disperse data collected at this and other genome facilities. To accomplish this, the platform fully exploits the most recent technological advances in genomics, proteomics, and high performance computing, within a state-of-the-art facility designed to generate and extract information from complex samples and valuable sample collections, for the benefit and use of the wider scientific community. More information can be found in our Services section. 

The Genome Sciences Centre is one of eighteen research departments and programs that operate as part of the BC Cancer Research Centre. The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides a province-wide cancer control program for the residents of British Columbia. Additional support is provided by funds raised by the BC Cancer Foundation for cancer research.

How is gene science applied to cancer?


History of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)


Page last modified Feb 23, 2017