Dr. Stas Volik

Dr. Stas Volik

PhD (Molecular Biology), Shemyakin and Ovchinnikov Institute for Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences
M.Sc. (Biology), Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Post-doctoral Fellow (Cell Biology), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Post-doctoral Fellow (Cancer Genomics), UCSF Cancer Centre, San Francisco, USA

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Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre

 

Dr. Volik has 25 years’ experience working in the fields of bioinformatics, and human and cancer genomes. He was actively involved in the launch of the Human Genome Project in Russia, developing the first Russian whole-chromosome transcription map and the first relational molecular biology database in Russia. Since then he has developed a number of bioinformatics tools for genome analysis and visualization and applied them to study genome structure of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. He played a key role in developing, patenting and implementing the paired-end sequencing approach for studies of cancer genomes and transcriptomes in close collaboration with Drs. C. Collins and Dr. J.W. Gray, a strategy that became fundamental for a vast majority of next generation sequencing studies. This paired-end sequencing approach led to the development of the first genome-wide sequence based map of a tumour genome (in collaboration with Drs. Pevzner and Raphael).

At the Vancouver Prostate Centre Dr. Volik’s current research focuses on the integrative studies of genitourinary cancers (prostate, bladder and kidney) using next generation sequencing technology. He manages numerous sequencing projects performed at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and oversees extensive collaborations with several sequencing centres, including the Vancouver Genome Sciences Centre and the Beijing Genome Institute. He is closely involved in the development of integrated pipelines for analysis of DNA-and RNA-Seq data from tumour samples, as well as in functionalization of the identified targets.

Dr. Volik has co-authored multiple peered-reviewed papers and shares a US patent on paired-end sequencing.

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