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

Feb 11, 2021

New study provides insight into the molecular biology of colorectal cancer

In a new study published in the journal Cancer Biology & Therapy, Dr. Tai’s research group characterized the involvement of a multi-functional protein, called NPM1, in colorectal cancer growth and treatment resistance, providing the research community with a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of the disease.
Feb 02, 2021

3,000,000,000,000,000!

Our first petabase of sequencing data was recorded in December of 2015, 16 years from the creation of the GSC in 1999. In April of 2018, just two years and four months later, we recorded our second.  On Sunday, January 24, 2021 we hit another milestone—three petabases of sequencing data!

Publications

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