Academic Rank:
Professor, UBC

Short Bio:

Dr. Inanc Birol is a distinguished scientist at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, a professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Medical Genetics, an associate member of the Departments of Computer Science, and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC, and an adjunct scientist at BC Centre for Disease Control. Previously, he held research faculty and associate positions at Simon Fraser University, Illinois Institute of Technology and CERN – the latter, a knowledge centre for understanding the universe and home to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

To date, Dr. Birol’s team has accelerated research with over 140 publications, which have practical applications in both ecosystems and human biology, including medical genomics. As of 2018, he is listed among the top 1% cited scientist in the world by Clarivate Analytics in the Cross-Field category.

Dr. Birol’s research interests include the analysis of data from modern sequencing instruments to study genomes and transcriptomes of model species and humans. He directs the Bioinformatics Technology Lab, which develops bioinformatics tools for de novo sequence assembly, sequence mapping, downstream data analysis and visualization. He also directs a wet lab at BC Centre for Disease Control to study antimicrobial resistance and to develop novel strategies as alternatives to conventional antibiotics.