Dr. Colin Collins

Dr. Colin Collins

B.Sc. Biological Sciences, Western New England College, MA, 1982
Cert. Genetics Engineering, San Francisco State University, CA, 1985
Ph.D. Medical Genetics, UBC, 1993

Team: 
Clinical and Research Scientists
Executive Team
Positions: 

Senior Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre
Head, Laboratory for Advanced Genome Analysis, Vancouver Prostate Centre
Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia

 

Dr Collins is a Senior Research Scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and a Director of The Laboratory for Advanced Genome Analysis (LAGA). In addition, he is an associate adjunct professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and a visiting scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UCSF.  His current research is best described as translational genomics where mathematics, genomics, computer science, and clinical science converge in diagnostics and therapeutics.

His work as a member of the UCSF Prostate SPORE has resulted in identification of a suite of DNA based biomarkers that show promise for predicting a patient’s risk of progression and metastasis. Dr. Collins invented and patented End Sequence Profiling (ESP) the forerunner of modern paired-end sequencing. ESP is a sequence-based method for determining the physical structure, complexity, and mutation load of tumor genomes and for direct detection of fusion genes and transcripts. Dr Collins is now integrating array-based technologies and next generation sequencing technologies to radically cut costs and make very large-scale tumor genome projects and personalized oncology a reality in the near term.

Dr. Collins is on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the International Drug Discovery Science and Technology Conference (China), BIT Life Sciences Gene Conference (China), Genome British Columbia’s Molecular Lymphoma project, and Combimatrix Molecular Diagnostics. He is on the Organizing Committee of the Advances In Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) Conference and serves on the editorial board of the Open Pathology Journal. His collaborations are extensive and global resulting in approximately 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts.  He holds multiple patents, and has received numerous awards including the California Cancer Research Programs Cornelius L. Hopper Scientific Achievement Award for Innovation

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

Pars for Prostate fundraiser: September 22, 2022

The First Annual Pars for Prostate golf fundraiser in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC takes place September 22, 2022 at Westwood Plateau Golf Course. For information and to register please visit www.parsforprostate.ca

Dr. Black

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 18th, 2022

The 42nd Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 18, 2022. If you are able, please consider joining and/or donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Dr Mads Daugaard develops an AI cell analytics app which could supercharge biotechnology research

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

With just a tablespoon of blood, B.C. researchers aim to transform cancer treatment