Fall 2019 - MBB 460 D100

Selected Topics in Bioinformatics and Genomics (3)

Cancer Genomics

Class Number: 9397

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 6, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Laura Hilton
  • Prerequisites:

    Will vary depending on the topic.



The topics in this course will vary from term to term, depending on faculty availability and student interest. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic.


Cancer Genomics


An examination of the genomic changes that accrue during the formation and treatment of human cancer.

The course will examine the role that genetic mutations play in the development of human cancer and tumour formation. We will study the spectrum of different types of genetic alterations that accrue and their distribution across different cancer types.   We will study the technologies that allow these changes to be detected and how they are interpreted clinically. The course will explore how different mutations can be correlated with specific therapeutics and how further genetic mutations can lead to treatment resistance.

Topics include:

  • Cancer sequencing
  • Tumour heterogeneity
  • DNA repair
  • Hereditary cancer
  • Treatment resistance
  • Neo-antigens and immunotherapy  
  • CART-therapies
  • Cancer epigenomics
  • Personalized oncogenomics
  • Mutational signatures


  • Quizzes 40%
  • In-class presentation 20%
  • Writing assignment 30%
  • Class participation 10%



MBB322, MBB331 and MBB342 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.



The Biology of Cancer, 2nd Ed, Robert A. Weinberg, 2014, Garland Publishing (for background reading).
ISBN: 978-0-8153-4220-5

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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  • Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability, must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (778-782-3112 or e-mail:  caladmin@sfu.ca)

Registrar Notes:

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