Genomics and Bioinformatics

Using the latest next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics methods to sequence and analyse the genomes and transcriptomes of human breast cancers.

Bioinformatics, sequence assembly, transcriptomics, gene regulation networks, high throughput informatics for big data. Birol Lab is located at British Columbia Cancer Agency, Genome Sciences Centre.

High throughput data analysis, data standards, flow cytomety, GvHD biomarker identification, cluster identification.

Genetics of human cancer susceptibility, particularly lymphoma, and genetics of healthy aging and longevity. Family and population-based genetics studies. We use techniques such as genotyping and exome and whole genome sequencing.

Vesicle trafficking, lipid transport, yeast genetics, functional genomics, and mammalian cell biology.

Characterization of the stem cell state and its control by comparative global gene expression and proteomics analyses.

Mendelian disorders of body weight regulation and their relevance to common obesity and metabolic syndrome. Transgenic/knockout mice with perturbations of energy intake and energy expenditure. Weaver syndrome – mutation detection and new therapies. Clinical uses of next-generation sequencing for rare versions of common disease. Personalized Genomics.

Neurological mutant mice are used as entrees into studying the genetics, cell biology and development of genes that are critical to nervous system development.

Molecular biology of eukaryotic chromosome transmission, cancer therapeutics, model organism and human disease.

Mammalian development, Transcriptional regulation and epigenetics, Hepatocyte differentiation, Heart valve formation, Signal transduction, Transgenic/knockout mice, Whole genome profiling

Bioinformatics, gene expression, gene regulation, genome sequence analysis and genome assembly.

Our research bridges the molecular mechanisms of epigenetic regulation with the social and environmental determinants of human health to develop a comprehensive understanding of biological embedding of early life experiences

Interplay between transcription, DNA methylation and histone modifications in embryonic stem cells and tumorigenesis.

Gene regulatory changes in malignancy, impact of transposable elements on mammalian genes, role of DNA methylation/epigenetics in gene expression.

Genomics, bioinformatics, cancer biology, genetics, epigenetics

The immune response to cancer; development of immunotherapies targeting the cancer genome.

Chromosomal etiology of intellectual disability/autism and cancer, Molecular cytogenetics, Identification of subtle chromosomal abnormalities using whole genome arrays

Genetics and epigenetics of human reproduction. Environmental effects on genes affecting placental function and fetal development. Epigenomics related to preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, birth defects and early child development.

Pharmacogenomics of adverse drug reactions, genomics, personalized medicine.

1) Scope and impact of germline findings identified in next generation sequencing and the use of these technologies in oncology; 2) molecular diagnosis and characterization of hereditary cancer syndromes

Gene-based therapies for diseases of the brain and eye, cell-type specific MiniPomoters for rAAV delivery of gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/cas9) therapies to cure mouse models of the human disease.

Genome maintenance, DNA repair, RNA processing, DNA replication stress, Chromatin Remodelling, Stress responses, Protein quality control, Genotoxins, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Mutation Signatures.

We study how transcriptional regulation affects metabolism and stress responses in C. elegans (worm), mice, and mammalian cells, to identify mechanisms that can be targeted in diseases such as cancers, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders.

Computational analysis of human genome sequence for the study of gene regulation and rare pediatric disorders.