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

Rock4Prostate

Rock4Prostate fundraiser - Friday Nov 8, 2019

The 2nd annual Rock4Prostate event takes place Friday Nov 8 at the Backstage Lounge Pub on Granville Island.  Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door ($20 or $10 for students 19+), with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer Canada.  Please visit the Facebook event page for more details

VPC Movember 2013 team

Movember fundraiser: Nov. 1 - 30, 2019

Movember is an international charity raising funds for men's health initiatives. Movember Canada focuses on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Please visit moteam.co/the-vancouver-prostate-centre to join or donate to our Centre's Movember fundraising team.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Monday, September 16, 2019

Drs Cox, Gleave and Goldenberg awarded Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember 2019 Discovery Grants

Drs Cox, Gleave and Goldenberg
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Drs. Wyatt and Sorensen receive 2019 UBC Faculty of Medicine Awards for Distinguished Achievement

Drs Wyatt and Sorensen
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Drs. Sorensen, Ester and Huntsman elected to Royal Society of Canada

Drs Sorensen, Ester, Huntsman