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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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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Archaea and the Discovery of the Third Domain of Life

In 1977, Carl Woese overturned one of the major dogmas of biology. Until that time, biologists had taken for granted that all life on Earth belonged to one of two primary lineages, the eukaryotes (which include animals, plants, fungi and certain unicellular organisms such as paramecium) and the prokaryotes (all remaining microscopic organisms).  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.

Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Our certificate program designed to introduce IGB and science academics to fundamental business methodologies to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs.

Genome Day

Genome Day

Genome Day is an opportunity to educate the community about genomes, genes, DNA, and evolution, held each year at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign.



Available via our partnership with Coursera, the IGB's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Genomics: Decoding the Universal Language of Life” is a beginner level course. Enroll now at

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.

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 Carl R. Woese Postdoctoral Fellows are truly exceptional young scholars at the forefront of their field in evolution, emergence of life, quantitative biology, and genomics.

Start a Theme

The mission of the IGB is to advance life sciences research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to stimulate bio-economic development in the State of Illinois. Its near-term strategic objective is to identify and promote the development of innovative research themes that will capitalize on recent advances in genome science and technology. 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.


Maureen Coleman, PhD
University of Chicago, Department of Geophysical Sciences

"The Deep Blue (Inland) Seas: Illuminating Microbial Activity in Earth’s Largest Freshwater System"

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Lunch with the Core

Lunch and learn with members of Core Facilities.

"New Capabilities in the IGB Core"
Glenn Fried, Director of IGB Core Facilities
Austin Cyphersmith, Research Specialist in Life Sciences


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Uncovering the Survival Strategies of Aerobic Bacteria: From Enzymes to Ecosystems

Chris Greening, PhD
Head, Integrative Microbiology Laboratory
Monash University

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Catherine Kleinmuntz, PhD
Principal, Kleinmuntz Associates
Entrepreneurial Success: Executing Breakthrough Innovations"

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Reconstructive Biology as a Window into Historic Optima

Betul Kacar, PhD
University of Arizona
Molecular and Cell Biology, Astrobiology

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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 at Urbana-Champaign
1206 West Gregory Drive | MC-195
Urbana, IL 61801

phone: 217.244.2999
fax: 217.265.6800

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:

Dale Johnston
phone: 217.244.5595

Array Café Contact

Serving hot and cold lunch, coffee drinks, wraps, breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts.

For questions regarding Array Café, e-mail:

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