Tumours develop from normal human cells through a complex process with multiple stages. The Department of Molecular Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver, British Columbia aims to characterise the molecular changes that underpin progression and pathogenesis of cancer.
Researchers in the Department of Molecular Oncology use the latest technologies to rapidly identify genes that are involved in the development of cancer. Our research combines diverse techniques ranging from genomics, computational biology, tumour imaging, in vitro and in vivo functional models to study biological and clinical phenotypes.The proteins produced by these genes may serve as targets for novel chemotherapy drugs and other cancer treatments, or imaging scans. We then use a range of techniques to validate the role of the novel candidate genes in the development of cancer. The ultimate aim is to translate these findings into improved treatment options for cancer patients. – less