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The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is an innovative research institute using cutting-edge genomic practices to tackle large-scale global challenges currently facing humanity.

Food security for a growing population. Effective therapeutic drugs and antibiotics. Automated synthesis of new molecules and proteins. Using a team-based, collaborative science approach, researchers at the IGB are addressing these and other complex issues. Our main areas of research below are each supported by our strong commitment to fundamental science – the pursuit of discovery.

Health & Wellness

Health +

How the genome enhances, affects, or disrupts physical and mental wellbeing.

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Technology & Socety

Tech +

Advancing our capability to shape the world and capacity to understand each other.

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Agriculture & Energy

Ag +

Sustainably feeding and fueling a planet impacted by a changing global climate.

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Outreach & Public Engagement

Outreach &
Public Engagement

Encouraging the public to understand how genomics affects daily life and society.

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Featured Stories

Researchers, from left, agricultural and consumer economics professor Madhu Khanna, civil and environmental engineering professor Jeremy Guest, crop sciences professor DoKyoung Lee and their colleagues weighed the many factors that go into selecting a biofuels feedstock to supply aviation fuel and meet various environmental, land-use and policy related goals.
Scanning electron micrograph of Salmonella Typhimurium invading a human epithelial cell. S.Typhimurium has been decreasing in prevalence due to vaccinations by the poultry industry. Photo credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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