Dr. Faraz Hach

Dr. Faraz Hach

B.Sc. Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
M.Sc. School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ph.D. School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Team: 
Clinical and Research Scientists
Positions: 

Senior Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre

Dr. Hach’s main focus is the field of computational genomics and biomolecular sequence analysis especially in the context of cancer research. His research involves designing novel and high performance algorithms for analyzing large, high dimensional omics data produced by next-generation sequencing technologies. Recently, he is working on developing computational algorithms for the detection of aberrations using sequencing data obtained from tissue and liquid biopsies in order to understand clonal evolution in cancer genomes.

His earlier work on NGS mappings has been extensively used in the detection of copy number and structural variations in the 1000 Genome Project.  He is also a pioneer in the compression of genomic data and is one of the leading members of the MPEG-ISO sub-committee for the standardization of genomic data formats and compression. Moreover, he is part of the ICGC and the ICGC-TCGA Pan Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes consortia (PCAWG) which utilizes his tools to discover somatic structural variants in cancer genomes.

Dr. Hach’s research has been internationally recognized with number of awards and honors. These include the Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for an outstanding paper at the 20th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the best doctoral thesis award from Simon Fraser University in 2014.

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

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Breast & Prostate Cancer half-day virtual conference: Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The What you Need to Know for Your Patients Post Breast & Prostate Cancer Conference, taking place online on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 8:00am – 1:30pm, is an accredited virtual half-day conference focusing on screening, treatment, side-effect management & emerging new therapies for breast & prostate cancer patients. Click here for more information and to register. 

Dr. Peter Black, team captain

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 19th, 2021

The 41st Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 19, 2021. If you are able, please consider 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

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Recent publication proposes a potential new therapeutic approach to treatment-resistant prostate cancer

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Dr. Cherkasov receives 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Cherkasov