Dr. Stas Volik

Dr. Stas Volik

PhD (Molecular Biology), Shemyakin and Ovchinnikov Institute for Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences
M.Sc. (Biology), Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Post-doctoral Fellow (Cell Biology), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Post-doctoral Fellow (Cancer Genomics), UCSF Cancer Centre, San Francisco, USA

Associate Members

Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre


Dr. Volik has 25 years’ experience working in the fields of bioinformatics, and human and cancer genomes. He was actively involved in the launch of the Human Genome Project in Russia, developing the first Russian whole-chromosome transcription map and the first relational molecular biology database in Russia. Since then he has developed a number of bioinformatics tools for genome analysis and visualization and applied them to study genome structure of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. He played a key role in developing, patenting and implementing the paired-end sequencing approach for studies of cancer genomes and transcriptomes in close collaboration with Drs. C. Collins and Dr. J.W. Gray, a strategy that became fundamental for a vast majority of next generation sequencing studies. This paired-end sequencing approach led to the development of the first genome-wide sequence based map of a tumour genome (in collaboration with Drs. Pevzner and Raphael).

At the Vancouver Prostate Centre Dr. Volik’s current research focuses on the integrative studies of genitourinary cancers (prostate, bladder and kidney) using next generation sequencing technology. He manages numerous sequencing projects performed at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and oversees extensive collaborations with several sequencing centres, including the Vancouver Genome Sciences Centre and the Beijing Genome Institute. He is closely involved in the development of integrated pipelines for analysis of DNA-and RNA-Seq data from tumour samples, as well as in functionalization of the identified targets.

Dr. Volik has co-authored multiple peered-reviewed papers and shares a US patent on paired-end sequencing.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.


2016 Step Up team

Step Up Challenge fundraiser: February 25, 2018

The annual Step Up Challenge, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, takes place in Vancouver on Sunday February 25. Click here to sponsor our relay team as they climbs 379 floors. Click here to volunteer to help with the event.

It's a Snow Day poster

It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour: March 9

Mt. Seymour is hosting It's A Snow Day, a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, on Friday March 9. The event will include slope time, a reception, and a silent auction. Click here for more details including how to register, donate and/or sponsor.




Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Discovery of a promising new medication to block "master key" of cancer growth

Dr. Chris Ong
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Drs. Wyatt and Chi: ctDNA predicts resistance to AR-targeted therapy

VCHRI News article on study of ctDNA predicting resistance to AR-targeted therapy

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