Expertise & Services

Expertise

The Laboratory for Advanced Genome Analysis offers competitive service prices based on a cost-recovery, not-for-profit model. We specialize in the acquisition, processing, statistical analysis, integration, and visualization of high-density sequencing and microarray data. Projects have access to state-of-the-art equipment, software and highly trained personnel to generate and analyze complex data and offer important recommendations. LAGA prides itself on providing solutions that are economical and personalized.

LAGA offers unique capabilities in the following areas:

  • Translational genomics, where genomics, computer science, and clinical science converge in diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Combined use of microarray and sequencing technologies with solutions for challenging clinical samples like formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded and plasma biospecimens
  • Project-tailored downstream bioinformatics analysis and data visualization
  • Comparative oncogenomics, where tumors from different organ sites converge on common genome structures as they progress toward metastasis

Services

LAGA supports the supports small and large-scale projects across Canada and internationally for the following applications. See Table 1 below for additional information:

Next Generation Sequencing

  • Exome sequencing for integrative analysis of SNVs and CNVs
  • RNA sequencing for gene expression analysis
  • RNA sequencing for whole transcriptome analysis             
  • Targeted DNA and RNA sequencing
  • ChIP-seq; ATAC-seq        
  • 16S rRNA genes
  • Small RNA sequencing  

Microarray (main applications)

  • Gene expression analysis
  • CNV analysis

Sequencing platforms and applications

Bioinformatic Analysis

  • Acquisition, processing, statistical analysis, integration, and visualization of high-density genomic and transcriptome data from simple to complex experimental designs using one of several platforms
  • Utilization of software that allows seamless cross-platform integration and analysis of expression, genomic, and next generations sequence data making possible extremely powerful and comprehensive studies

Computing Infrastructure

For data analysis, we use a cluster of 28 nodes, each with 2x Intel Xeon Gold 6130 16C 2.1GHz processor, 768GB RAM, with 896 cores, and 2Pb of storage. We also have access to an older cluster with 0.5 Pb of storage, 70 nodes, each with 2x Xeon 6C X5650 2.66GHz, 192Gb RAM, with 840 cores.

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.

Events

PCF BC

Ride to Live 2018 and 50-50 Draw: May 27

The West Coast Motorcycle Ride to Live, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, takes place on Sunday May 27, 2018 in Vancouver, Victoria & the Fraser Valley. Follow the links to join a ride or donate to a rider; or to buy a ticket for a 50/50 draw (BC residents only).

Employment

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
DNA

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