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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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Dr. Radawa Barakat is the first author of the paper and a former graduate student in the Ko lab. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Iowa State University.
Joseph Irudayaraj (left) and graduate student Xiaoxue Han pictured here in the Cancer Center at Illinois labs located at Carle Health
My favorite quote is from Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower, “All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. The only lasting truth is Change.” / Jay Cournoyer
Sarah Kim, left, and Vanessa Quan have been selected for the Carl R. Woese Undergraduate Research Scholar Program."
From left, postdoctoral researcher Elisa Caetano-Silva, kinesiology and community health professor Jacob Allen, Ph.D. student Akriti Shrestha and their colleagues found evidence linking the gut microbiomes of aged mice to age-related inflammation common to mice and humans.  Photo by Fred Zwicky
Molecule Maker Lab Institute unveils ugrades to AlphaSynthesis platform