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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.

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 with family friendly activities that reflect IGB research.



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.

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.

IGB Seminar - GNDP

Maja Bucan, PhD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Genetics

"Genetic Studies of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Family-based Approach"

612 Conference Center Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Special Seminar

Dr. Joanne Tornow
Assistant Director for Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation

“Life Innovates, Biology Integrates: A Vision for the Biological Sciences”

Reception immediately following, sponsored by the Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society


612 Conference Center Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

IGB Pioneers Seminar - GNDP

Trudy Mackay, PhD
Clemson University; Professor, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

"Charting the Genotype-Phenotype Map: Lessons From Drosophila"

612 Conference Center Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

LAS Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

"Earth BioGenome Project: Sequencing Life for the Future of Life"

Gene E. Robinson
Swanlund Chair of Entomology and Neuroscience
Department of Entomology
Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

A reception for faculty, staff, and grad students will follow in the NHB Core (room 319)

Natural History Building Auditorium (room 228), 1301 W. Green St., Urbana

IGB Special Seminar

"The Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis: How NIAMRRE Supports Solutions"

Dr. Kristen Obbink, DVM, MPH
Associate Director, National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE), Iowa State University

612 Conference Center Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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
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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:

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:

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