Assistant Member, Computational Biology Program
Public Health Sciences Division
Dr. Gavin Ha is a computational biologist who studies the role of genomic alterations in cancer. He and his research team focus on developing and applying computational methods to profile cancer genomes from patient tumors and blood. His laboratory develops novel approaches to study cell-free DNA released from tumor cells into the blood (also known as circulating tumor DNA). The use of this approach, called “liquid biopsies,” combined with insights from tumor genome analysis, will be critical to uncover causes of treatment resistance, discover novel genetic biomarkers from the blood, and develop non-invasive applications for cancer precision medicine.
The University of British Columbia, 2014, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics
The University of British Columbia, 2008, B.Sc. in Computer Science and Microbiology
1. Develop novel computational methods to study cancer genomes
2. Study the role of genomic alterations in cancer
3. Application of liquid biopsies in precision medicine
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