About OPAL

The Omics and Precision Analytics Laboratory (OPAL) is one of the technology platforms within the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. A state-of-the-art technology platform among our suite of services, OPAL is delivering value and helping to advance research for various sectors.

While our roots are in agriculture, we are proud to work with researchers and organizations throughout the innovation ecosystem to advance science and technology, providing insights into — and solutions to — complex challenges.

Take your innovation to the next level with OPAL

Our team is committed to being a leader in omics innovation by providing researchers with access to a unique, integrated platform and leading-edge technologies that enhance scientific collaboration, deliver high-quality data and promote successful research outcomes.

We offer a complete suite of DNA sequencing and computational services using next-generation sequencing technologies. With services tailored to your needs, our technologies enable a greater resolution of complex polyploid genomes, including ultra-long read and single-molecule sequencing.

OPAL provides end-to-end solutions, including both data acquisition and analysis. To support your research, our team provides knowledge and expertise in the management and delivery of a broad range of library preparation methods, sequencing approaches and computational analysis with a specialization in the following services:

  • Assembly of large polyploid genomes
  • Sequence-based variant discovery and genotyping
  • Transcriptomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Metagenomics
  • Bioinformatics