Developing and deploying genomics technologies in support of cancer and life sciences research.

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at BC Cancer is an international leader in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics for precision medicine. By developing and deploying cutting-edge genome sequencing, computational and analytical technology, we are creating novel strategies to prevent and diagnose cancers and other diseases, uncovering new therapeutic targets and helping the world realize the social and economic benefits of genome science. 

Our Technology Platform

The GSC is available to support your research. We guide experimental design, facilitate the processing of complex biological samples and provide numerous sequencing and bioinformatic services with the aim of making genomics accessible to the international scientific community. Explore our technology platforms and services, and if you have questions or would like to collaborate please fill out our contact form or speak directly with one of our platform leaders.

The GSC is ISO27001 certified for information security management.

Our Scientific Research

The 13 faculty members at the GSC have a diverse range of expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, epigenomics, immunogenetics, cancer biology, computer science and software development. Together, we apply our knowledge to advance the global understanding of cancer and other diseases with an ultimate aim toward improving human health through disease prevention, the development of novel diagnostic strategies and by uncovering new therapeutic approaches, all the while helping the world to realize the social and economic benefits of genome research.

Our Clinical Programs

The GSC is unique in that it fosters close collaborations between scientists and clinicians, allowing for an unencumbered focus on direct translational research. Through the Personalized OncoGenomics (POG) program, the GSC deploys whole genome and transcriptome sequencing to inform therapeutic and management strategies for late-stage cancer patients in real time. The GSC is also certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP) to perform clinical genomic panel testing.


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Directors & Platform Leaders


Jul 07, 2020

New study illustrates benefits of long-read sequencing technology for precision oncology

Whole genome sequencing has revolutionized cancer treatment planning, enabling the rapid detection of DNA mutations not routinely screened for in the clinic. Until recently, however, scientists were limited in their ability to detect large structural genetic variants using short-read sequencing technology. But with the recent release of long-read sequencing instruments, cancer researchers have been eager to see what such technology could mean for precision oncology.

Jun 24, 2020

Researchers at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer recognized with Team Science Award

Today the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has awarded teams associated with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)—including three researchers from Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at BC Cancer—with a 2020 AACR team science award.


IgCaller for reconstructing immunoglobulin gene rearrangements and oncogenic translocations from whole-genome sequencing in lymphoid neoplasms

Nature Communications, 2020
Ferran Nadeu, Rut Mas-de-Les-Valls, Alba Navarro, Romina Royo, Silvia Martín, Neus Villamor, Helena Suárez-Cisneros, Rosó Mares, Junyan Lu, Anna Enjuanes, Alfredo Rivas-Delgado, Marta Aymerich, Tycho Baumann, Dolors Colomer, Julio Delgado, Ryan D Morin, Thorsten Zenz, Xose S Puente, Peter J Campbell, Sílvia Beà, Francesco Maura, Elías Campo

Improved structural variant interpretation for hereditary cancer susceptibility using long-read sequencing

Genetics in Medicine, 2020
My Linh Thibodeau, Kieran O'Neill, Katherine Dixon, Caralyn Reisle, Karen L Mungall, Martin Krzywinski, Yaoqing Shen, Howard J Lim, Dean Cheng, Kane Tse, Tina Wong, Eric Chuah, Alexandra Fok, Sophie Sun, Daniel Renouf, David F Schaeffer, Carol Cremin, Stephen Chia, Sean Young, Pawan Pandoh, Stephen Pleasance, Erin Pleasance, Andrew J Mungall, Richard Moore, Stephen Yip, Aly Karsan, Janessa Laskin, Marco A Marra, Kasmintan A Schrader, Steven J M Jones
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