Expertise & Services


The Laboratory for Advanced Genome Analysis (LAGA) specializes in the acquisition, processing, statistical analysis, integration, and visualization of high-density sequencing and microarray data. Our highly trained technicians interpret complex data and offer important recommendations for the best possible use of genomics and transcriptomics technology. LAGA prides itself on providing clients with solutions that are rapid, economical and tailored to their needs.

LAGA has 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
  • Advanced bioinformatics and data visualization
  • Comparative oncogenomics, where tumors from different organ sites converge on common genome structures as they progress toward metastasis


The Laboratory for Advanced Genome Analysis supports small and large-scale projects across Canada and internationally for the following applications:



  • Agilent catalog and custom design microarray


  • As a Certified Service Provider, all Agilent microarray applications are supported; LAGA specializes in:
    • Gene, exons and non-coding expression
    • Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization with CGH probes for genome-wide DNA copy number variation and SNP probes for copy neutral aberrations

Next Generation Sequencing


  • Life Technologies Ion Proton
    • up to 80M reads / run, 1x200bp SE
  • Illumina MiSeq
    • a selection of 1M, 4M, 15M or 25M reads / run, from 2x50bp to 2x300bp PE


  • Exome sequencing
  • Amplicon sequencing including 16S rRNA genes
  • Target capture sequencing
  • RNA sequencing (Quantitation)
  • RNA sequencing (Transcriptome)
  • Small RNA sequencing
  • Microbial and viral whole genome sequencing, including metagenomics


  • 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

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.


Robbie Burns celebration

Robbie Burns Gala at the Pan Pacific Vancouver: January 25

The Pan Pacific Vancouver is hosting a celebration of Scotland's most famous poet, Robbie Burns, on January 25.  The event will include fundraising for Prostate Cancer Canada's Plaid for Dad campaign. There will be a traditional itinerary, starting with the official piping in of the guests, with exclusive malt tastings, authentic Scottish cuisine celebrating the haggis and ending the evening with a chorus of Auld Lang Syne. Click here for more information and tickets.

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dr. Amina Zoubeidi leads identification of gene linked to growth of aggressive neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC)


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