Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Genomics and bioinformatics, large-scale high-throughput DNA/RNA sequencing.

Area(s) of Expertise

The Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) is an international leader in cancer genomics, informatics and technology development. Our scientists are focused on development and application of innovative solutions to questions in cancer biology, while encouraging a philosophy of knowledge sharing and collaboration that has influenced  research around the globe. As world-leading experts in the use of the latest sequencing technology, GSC scientists look forward to using these tools for the discovery of novel biomarkers, therapeutic targets and insights into cancer prevention while furthering the patient-oriented mission of the BC Cancer Agency.

Research Services

Sequencing (DNA, genome, transcriptome, exome, methylome), bioinformatics, research project management

Sectors of Application
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Health care and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

DNA Sequencing

Illumina HiSeq X, 2500, NextSeq

DNA sequencing

Data Analysis and Management

Data Storage – 12PB, Data Processing – 8,000 nodes

Server (Access to Compute Canada’s HPC resources)


  • BC Cancer Agency
  • BC Centre for Disease Control
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Leidos Inc.
  • Coastal Genomics Inc.
  • Terry Fox Research Institute