Basic Information

Hours of operation

The G.D.C. is accessible to clients during the hours from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. However, after hours access will be negotiable with the director of the G.D.C., Dr. Carol Ritland.

You can reach G.D.C. by:

Telephone: (604) 822-3908 or (604) 822-1543
Fax: (604) 822-9102
e-mail: carol.ritland@ubc.ca
address: Department of Forest Sciences
Faculty of Forestry, UBC
Vancouver, B.C.  V6T 1Z4

All clients should have a copy of the G.D.C. handbook, “Guidelines for the use of equipment and regulations in the laboratory”. It is crucial that clients read the guidelines and be familiar with laboratory regulations and policies before starting their projects in the G.D.C. The completion of “Introduction to Chemical Safety Course” offered by the Department of Health, Safety and Environment at the University of British Columbia is mandatory for working in any laboratory at U.B.C.

Genetic Data Center Manual ” (PDF format)


Filling in a client information sheet helps us to understand your project better and to be able to give you a better estimation on the cost of the project. Please return a copy to G.D.C. via e-mail attachment or standard mail. Client Information Sheet (PDF format)

Fee Recovery Summary of charges is available at the time of consultation. Clients are required to submit a cost summary sheet (see below) at the end of each month to report the amount of consumables used and usage on machines/instruments in the G.D.C. Users of the G.D.C. services will then be billed monthly. Cost summary sheet (PDF format)


The laboratory is set up to advise biologists on the relative advantages, precision, and costs of alternative techniques, and if needed, provide space and equipment for their research. Such a facility is particularly valuable to people who have not invested in the equipment for molecular marker work, but who have research problems that for which molecular genetics can provide new insight, direction and results. With the new Forest Sciences Centre (established in 1998), we have been granted two laboratory spaces for the Genetic Data Centre and with state of the art equipment supported by a recent Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant (1999), we are well established for research projects.


We believe that one of the mandates of this facility is to strengthen the training of research careers for Canadian scientists. The centre has been training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and faculty members in the use of molecular tools, data collection and data analysis. The Genetic Data Centre will also promote networks and collaboration among researchers. This laboratory is a common meeting ground for molecular applications in population, quantitative and conservation genetics. This inter-faculty facility is an optimal infrastructure that promotes and encourages collaborations within the University, and as well, the extension of possible molecular genetic applications to workers throughout British Columbia, Canada and the rest of the world.