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.
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 ...more ...
A workshop series intended for graduate students and postdocs to develop and enhance their universal job skills including communication, professionalism, marketing, budgeting, and leadership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carl Gunter, PhD
University of Illinois; Professor, Computer Science; Genomic Security and Privacy Theme Leader
"Recognizing and Addressing Security and Privacy Concerns for Human Genome Data"
Joshua C. Anthony
Founder and CEO, Nlumn, LLC
"Dr. Hindsight’s Guide to Commercializing Personal Nutrition: Lessons Learned from Launching and Selling Habit"
Ellen Clayton, PhD
Vanderbilt University; Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Law, Professor of Health Policy
"Genomic Privacy and Identity Through a Transdisciplinary Lens: The GetPreCiSe Experience"
Li-Qing Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Illinois
Tyler Stack, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Providence College
Amanda Cavanaugh, PhD
Lecturer, University of Essex
“Careers in Academia”
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
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