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The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is where science meets society - an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges.

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Engaging with the Public Through Science and Technology

By engaging with the public through programs and events, publications, and citizen science efforts, we ensure that our work continues to be relevant and impactful, a force for positive change in the wider world. Our creative outreach and education programs expose people to transformative research and how we can use genomics to help solve preeminent problems faced by local and global communities. More ...

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Art of Science

Art of Science

The IGB’s Art of Science program is a celebration of common ground between science and art. View our Art of Science Galleries here.

Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences

Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences Program

A workshop series intended for graduate students and postdocs to develop and enhance their universal job skills including communication, professionalism, marketing, budgeting, and leadership.

Genome Day

Genome Day

Genome Day is an opportunity to educate the community about genomes, genes, DNA, and evolution with family friendly activities that reflect IGB research.

Genomic For Judges

"Genomics for" Professionals

Professionals from the fields of law, medicine, business and education attend specially tailored genomics education programs, such as our Genomics for Judges workshop.

Fellowship Opportunites

Fellowship Opportunities

From undergraduate to postdoctoral, there are a variety fellowships opportunities available at the IGB. Visit our page to learn what program is best suited for your professional development goals.

Learn about Genomics

Try some of our most popular activities at home, view our range of video resources to introduce various genomics concepts, take part in our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Genomics: Decoding the Universal Language of Life," and find out when and where our community events will take place such as our popular Art of Science program or our annual Genome Day.

Postdoc Association

The IGB Postdoctoral Association provides professional guidance and social opportunities for post-doctoral scholars. We hold seminars to inform postdocs of the tools and services available at IGB, organize workshops and resources for career development, and host events to encourage social interaction and professional collaboration between members of the community. Every postdoctoral researcher at IGB is welcome to contribute their ideas and suggestions for events.

Become a Fellow

The IGB offers a number of fellowships: IGB Fellows typically spend two years, ideally in research which overlaps with two or more thematic areas. The Carl R. Woese Undergraduate Research Scholar Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue research during the summer. And Loustaunau Graduate Travel Fellowships for Computational Genomics are available for current graduate students conducting IGB-related research in or using computational genomics. See all our Fellowship opportunities here.

Join the IGB

With faculty from over 30 departments on campus, the IGB is continually looking to involve new members to work in our multidisciplinary, thematic research themes. Read our FAQ on joining the IGB for more information.

Interested in starting a new IGB research theme? New themes may be proposed at any time, by any member on campus, through the instructions provided in the IGB Theme Proposal Whitepaper.

Give to the IGB

Maintaining our commitment to excellence in life-sciences education and research isn't easy. Constant innovation means constant renovation of facilities and technologies. The state helps cover basic costs, but a large number of our research programs are supported solely through private funding. To stay on the cutting edge of science, the IGB needs your help.

Center for Artificial Intelligence and Modeling working group

All IGB members welcome to attend this working group event

12pm-12:20pm: Hannah Holscher, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, UIUC
"Dietary intervention studies: how to enhance human health through dietary modulation of the gastrointestinal microbiome"

12:25pm-12:50pm: Yang-Yu Liu, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
"Predicting metabolomic profiles from microbial composition and diet through neural ordinary differential equations"

12:50pm-1pm: General Discussion

Lunch will be provided

We encourage graduate students postdocs and professors from both biological and analytical research groups to attend these seminars. Click here for full info.

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Lunch with the Core

"Identification of structural model of mammalian meiotic synaptonemal complex with super-resolution scope (MINFLUX)"

Reza Rajabi Toustani, Postdoc Research Associate, Department of Comparative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Instrument: Minflux

Lunch will be provided

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IGB Seminar - CGD

Selim Unlu, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University

"Interferometric Reflection Imaging Sensor from Multiplexed Molecular Affinity Measurements to Counting Single Analytes"

612 Conference Center Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Lunch with the Core

"Crafting the Art of Science: a Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes"

Julia Pollack, Creative Program Manager, IGB

Topic: Art of Science

Lunch will be provided

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Spatial Omics Initiative working group

The Spatial Omics Initiative monthly working group brings together researchers from different disciplines to enable breakthroughs in genomic biology by developing new ways to embed omics data in space, jointly with CAIM

Graduate students from biological and analytical research groups encouraged to attend, present work, and participate in collective discussions. Lunch will be provided. Click here for full info.

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IGB Contact

For general inquiries, please get in touch via one of the methods below.

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1206 West Gregory Drive | MC-195
Urbana, IL 61801

phone: 217.244.2999
fax: 217.265.6800
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Safety Contact

IGB Safety develops and administers comprehensive safety and compliance programs for the institute. If you have any questions regarding safety at the IGB, please contact:

Robert Mann
phone: 217.244.8346

CNRG Contact

The Computer and Network Resource Group (CNRG) facilitates computer usage at the IGB by providing personal assistance coupled with user instruction.

emergency: 217.333.4854

Business Office Contact

The IGB Business Office processes serves as the liaison between IGB members and University administration for business-related functional and compliance issues. For questions, please contact:

Carla Dickey

Array Café Contact

Serving coffee, soft drinks, and a variety of food items and to-go snacks.

For questions regarding Array Café, e-mail:

Interested in having Array Cafe cater your event? Fill out our form here.