Vincent Ferretti , Ph.D.
    Vincent Ferretti
    Research Axis
    Immune Diseases and Cancer Axis
    Research Theme
    Cancers: mechanisms, new therapeutic approaches and disease outcomes
    CHUSJ - Centre de Recherche

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    • Professor-Researcher, Faculté de médecine, Département de biochimie et de médecine moléculaire, Université de Montréal, 2018
    • Director, Digital Platforms, Génome Québec, 2018
    • Associated Investigator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, 2018


    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Research Centre, Université de Montréal, 1997
    • Ph.D. Mathematics, Université de Montréal, 1994
    • M. Sc Mathematics, Université de Montréal, 1989

    Research Interests

    My research interests focus on the development of new bioinformatic methods and software that aim to identify and characterise genetics variations causing diseases. My team of bioinformaticians and software engineers applies modern big data technologies to genomics research. We develop advanced informatic tools for processing, searching and visualizing at scale genomic data on cloud-based compute environments. We are currently building many clinical and research infrastructures including the NIH Gabriella Miller Kids First Data Resource Center, le Quebec Clinical Genomics Center and the Quebec Genomic Data Center.

    Research Topics

    • Genomics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Cancer
    • Data Harmomization
    • Big Data
    • Software Development

    Career Summary

    Before joining Sainte-Justine, Vincent Ferretti was Principal Investigator and Director, Genome Informatics at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) in Toronto. While at OICR, Vincent Ferretti participated in several large-scale international projects in cancer genomics. He namely led the infrastructure development of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), the NCI Genomic Data Commons, the Cancer Genome Collaboratory and NIH Gabriella Miller Kids First Data Resource Portal. Vincent Ferretti also conducted a research program on the viral etiology of cancer. During the same period, Dr. Ferretti was also co-director of the Maesltrom-Research program in epidemiology at the Research Institute of the McGill Universtity Heatlh Center. Before joining OICR, Vincent Ferretti was director of bioinformatics at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Center. 

    Major funding

    • The Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Data Resource Center, National Institute for Health, 2017-2022
    • Centre québecois de données génomiques, Génome Québec, 2019-2020
    • Cancer Genome Collaboratory, Canadian Funds for Infrastructure, 2018-2021


    • Ferretti V. The ICGC ARGO Data Management Infrastructure. 14th ICGC Scientific Workshop. Paris, France, May 16th, 2018,
    • Ferretti V. The ICGC-ARGO project. The GA4GH 5th Plenary Meeting, Orlando, USA, October 16th, 2017
    • Ferretti V. The Cancer Genome Collaboratory, Health Research Alliance Big Data Sharing Meeting, Chicago, USA, September 19th, 2017


    • Zhang. J, Bajari R, Andric D, Gerthoffert F., Lepsa A., Nahal-Bose H, Stein L. D., Ferretti V. The International Cancer Genome Consortium Data Portal, Nature Biotechnology, March 2019,  DOI: 10.1038/s41587-019-0055-9
    • Bergeron J, Doiron D, Marcon Y, Ferretti V, Fortier I. Fostering population-based cohort data discovery: The Maelstrom Research cataloguing toolkit. 2018, PLOS ONE 13(7): e0200926.
    • Doiron D, Maron Y, Fortier I, Burton P, Ferretti V, The OBiBa software suite: an open-source solution for epidemiological data management, harmonization and dissemination. International Journal of Epidemiology. September 6, 2017, doi:10.1093/ije/dyx180
    • Jensen MA, Ferretti V, Grossman RL, and Staudt LM, The NCI Genomic Data Commons as an engine for precision medicine, Blood, 2017. blood-2017-03-735654; doi: 10.1182/blood-2017-03-735654
    • Borozan I, Frappier L, Ferretti V, Analysis of Epstein-Barr Virus Genomes and Expression Profiles in Gastric Adenocarcinoma, Journal of Virology,  JVI.01239-17, 2017.

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