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. 

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.

Scientific Research

The 15 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.

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.

Questions?

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Directors & Platform Leaders

News

Nov 26, 2020

Voicing the Silent Genomes: new documentary features GSC Scientist, Dr. Nadine Caron

The vision of precision medicine is customized health care—preventative measures, disease treatments, practices and products tailored to individuals. Genomics is leading the charge by investigating and cataloguing the chemistry of life using an ever-increasing range of nucleic acid sequencing techniques and powerful computational technologies. But what if the genomic information that is being databased and used to inform modern medical science is not equitable?
Nov 26, 2020

Whole genome and transcriptome sequencing uncovers biomarkers predicting response to immune checkpoint inhibitors

The development of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI), a type of cancer therapy that helps the immune system fight tumours, was one of the most significant milestones in cancer treatment in the last decade. While ICI therapy has been used to treat different cancer types, it is not universally effective and relapsed disease occurs. A robust strategy for predicting which patients are likely to respond to ICIs is needed, enabling clinicians to select the best course of treatment for each patient.

Nov 19, 2020

The GSC Welcomes Dr. Laura Evgin

The GSC is pleased to announce the arrival of our newest faculty member, Dr. Laura Evgin. As of November 2, she is Scientist at the GSC and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Evgin’s research is focused on Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) modified T cells and oncolytic viruses.

Publications

Impact of MYC and BCL2 structural variants in tumors of DLBCL morphology and mechanisms of false-negative MYC IHC

Blood, 2020
Brett J Collinge, Susana Ben-Neriah, Lauren C Chong, Merrill Boyle, Aixiang Jiang, Tomoko Miyata-Takata, Pedro Farinha, Jeffrey W Craig, Graham W Slack, Daisuke Ennishi, Anja Mottok, Barbara Meissner, Elizabeth A Chavez, Alina S Gerrie, Diego Villa, Ciara L Freeman, Kerry J Savage, Laurie H Sehn, Ryan D Morin, Andrew J Mungall, Randy D Gascoyne, Marco A Marra, Joseph M Connors, Christian Steidl, David W Scott
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