Affiliation: The Bioinformatics Graduate Program is administered under the Michael Smith Laboratories in the Faculty of Science.

Associated Facilities:

BC Cancer Research Centre is an organization that provides a comprehensive provincial program of cancer control and health care delivery in British Columbia, Canada. Research ranges from basic molecular and genetic studies to epidemiological and clinical research on cancer prevention, early diagnosis, molecular characteristics of the cancer process and new treatments for cancer using drugs and radiotherapy.

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides a province-wide, population-based cancer control program for the residents of British Columbia and the Yukon. The BC Cancer Agency’s mandate covers the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, and through to rehabilitation.

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre is a leading international centre for genomics and bioinformatics research. Its mandate is to advance knowledge about cancer and other diseases, to improve human health through disease prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic approaches, and to realize the social and economic benefits of genomics research.


Scientists and researchers at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics are committed to solving the many genetic questions surrounding human illness and well being, with the goal of finding ways to help children, families, and communities lead healthier lives.


Ranked by respected national surveys as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for almost 20 years, Simon Fraser University is named after a famous explorer and known for its pioneering spirit. Spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings. Mentored by faculty acclaimed for their research and teaching abilities and coached by dedicated advisers and employers, SFU’s 100,000 graduates enjoy limitless career opportunities. (see also SFU Bioinformatics)

The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses. The largest campus is 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, a spectacular location that is a ‘must-see’ for any visitor to the city — where snow-capped mountains meet ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. The campus is home to more than 37,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate students. UBC second major campus is in the dynamic southern interior city of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. UBC’s Okanagan campus, open since 2005, provides an intimate learning community in the spectacular wine-growing region of British Columbia. The campus educates more than 6,500 undergraduate and 450 graduate students.

Associated Departments:

SFU Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry department features internationally competitive, dynamic programs of research and education in the molecular life sciences.

SFU School of Computing Science department has 57 faculty members and 20 research labs specializing in research ranging from Computational Biology and Medical Computing to Network Modelling and Computational Vision. It currently has over 1000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students.

UBC Computer Science is the top computer science department in western Canada, and one of the top three in Canada. It is currently a community of 55 faculty members, 200 graduate students, 10 post-doctoral fellows and associated visitors, approximately 1300 undergraduate students, and 35 technical and administrative staff.

UBC Graduate Genetics Program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students doing research in the field of genetics. There are now over 100 faculty and students, from the Faculties of Medicine,Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Botany, Forest Genetics, Medical Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Plant Science, Pathology, Animal Science, and Zoology associated with the Genetics Graduate Program. Faculty members teach and supervise graduate student research.

UBC Department of Statistics presently has 17 regular faculty members, including two joint appointments with the Department of Computer Science and one with the Michael Smith Laboratories. In addition, we have four Professors Emeriti, and a number of Associate Members, Adjunct Professors and Honorary Research Associates and Honorary Professors. Graduate students, postdocs, and collaborators are a critical component of a research-intensive academic department. We have about 38 graduate students, divided between M.Sc. and PhD programs. Typically, the Department hosts several post-doctoral fellows and a number of long-term visitors each year.

UBC Genome and Science and Technology is a new multidisciplinary graduate program combining training in genomics, with intensive training in new leading-edge genome science technologies, such as high-throughput techniques that acquire information from DNA sequence (genomics), protein expression and interactions (proteomics), and gene expression patterns (transcriptomics) to exploit information for a better understanding of biology.

Other Associated Programs:

This series has been operating since 1999 under the direction of Francis Ouellette with on-going support from CIHR Institute of Genetics. Since being established, the CBW series has trained over 1000 students from academia, government laboratories and industry. The CBW began offering a new series of advanced workshops in 2008 and has continuously sold out since then. The CBW is pleased to offer a growing series of advanced workshops in 2011 and to extend the series across Canada. CBW is also please to extend award opportunities to participants for registration in the 2011 workshops.

Vancouver Bioinformatics User Group (VanBUG) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the B.C. Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics. VanBUG meets on the second Thursday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments. Meetings are held in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue at 6:00 pm and are free and open to all.