Applied Genomics Centre

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, British Columbia
What the facility does

Applied research centre focused on developing molecular genetic (genomic) and cellular product (metabolomic) solutions primarily for the agricultural industries, and some human health sectors

Areas of expertise

Founded in January 2019, the Applied Genomics Centre at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (KPU) Surrey campus is an applied research centre focused on developing molecular genetic (genomic) and cellular product (metabolomic) solutions for the agricultural and human health sectors. Our applied research projects focus largely on using genomic and metabolomic tools to investigate issues in agriculture around improving crop consistency, crop yield and animal health. To do this, we've partnered with a variety of industry and academic institutions both in the Fraser Valley and across Canada. We also work closely with KPU's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture to provide genetic support for sustainable farming methods in British Columbia and beyond.

In addition, the Applied Genomics Centre performs human health research using genetic tools to better understand the genetic underpinnings of human disease.

The Centre has a strong team of scientists with expertise in genomics, plant breeding, plant and animal genotyping, microbial community identification and quantification in environmental and animal samples, metabolomics, and the genetics of human neurological disease.

Research services

Expertise and specialized equipment at the Centre include DNA Sanger sequencing, next-generation sequencing (custom projects and 16s metagenomics), qPCR custom assays for organismal detection and quantification, microorganism strain or plant varietal identification using DNA analysis, HPLC quantitative measure of alpha-acids and beta-acids in Hops using the American Society of Brewing Chemists method, and volatile metabolite (e.g. terpenes) analysis using GC/MS.

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment



Illumina iScan System

An innovative array scanner that supports rapid, sensitive, and accurate imaging of Illumina BeadChips for exceptional genetic analysis results.

Illumina MiSeq System

Access focused applications such as targeted resequencing, metagenomics, small genome sequencing, and targeted gene expression profiling. MiSeq reagents enable up to 15 Gb of output with 25 million sequencing reads and 2 × 300 bp read lengths.

ThermoFisher Scientific Ion GeneStudio S5 System

Semiconductor-based next-generation sequencing (NGS) system that enables simple targeted sequencing workflows. Achieves from 2–80 million sequence reads per run. Ideal for small genome/exome sequencing, targeted sequencing and 16s metagenomics analysis.

ThermoFisher Scientific SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer

Sanger Sequencer and Genetic Analyzer. Benchtop system that delivers gold-standard Sanger sequencing technology and fragment analysis.

ThermoFisher Scientific QuantStudio 7 Flex Real-Time PCR System

Real-time quantitative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) System. System with a broad range of real-time PCR-based applications, multiplexing capabilities and interchangeable block formats.

ThermoFisher Scientific QuantStudio 5 Real-Time PCR System

Can be used for multiple applications, multiplexing capabilities and precise temperature control.

Agilent 1290 Infinity II LC System

Ultra-high performance Liquid Chromatograph that has market-leading sample capacity and is designed for the lowest dispersion for the most challenging ultra-HPLC experiments. Current set-up is optimized for the analysis of phenolics and sugars.

Agilent 5977B GC/MSD System

Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Single quadrupole GC/MS instrument ideal for analysis of volatile compounds using direct injection or headspace sampling supporting a wide range of applications such as environmental, chemical, petrochemical, food, forensic, pharmaceutical, and material testing.

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Barnside Brewing Co.
  • British Columbia Hop Growers Association (BCHGA)
  • BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food
  • Boviteq
  • Bredenhof Hop Farms
  • Green Flora Greenhouses
  • Myrtle Meadows Hop Farm
  • Semex
  • TerraBioGen
  • Topp’s Hops
  • Van Belle Nursery
  • WestGen