Dr. Inanc Birol is a senior scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency in the Genome Sciences Centre, a professor at the University of British Columbia, Department of Medical Genetics, and an associate member of the Department of Computer Science at UBC. Previously, he held research faculty and associate positions at the Illinois Institute of Technology and CERN, a knowledge centre for understanding the universe and home to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
Dr. Birol’s research interests include the analysis of high throughput sequencing data to study genomes and transcriptomes of model species and humans. He directs the Bioinformatics Technology Lab, which develops and deploys bioinformatics tools for de novo sequence assembly, sequence mapping, downstream data analysis, and visualization. To date, he has accelerated research in this area with over 110 publications, which have practical applications in both ecosystems and human biology, including medical genomics.
Dr. Birol graduated from Boğaziçi University with a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and a PhD in Physics.