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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.

Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences

Professional Skills for Careers in Biosciences Program

A workshop series intended for graduate students and postdocs to develop and enhance their universal job skills including communication, professionalism, marketing, budgeting, and leadership.

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.

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.

Fellowship Opportunites

Fellowship Opportunities

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.

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 Loustaunau Graduate Travel Fellowships for Computational Genomics are available for current graduate students conducting IGB-related research in or using computational genomics. See all our Fellowship opportunities here.

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 Pioneers Seminar - EIRH

Peg McCarthy, PhD
James & Carolyn Frenkil Endowed Dean's Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology; University of Maryland School of Medicine

"Establishing Sex Differences in the Brain at the Intersection of the Nervous, Endocrine and Immune Systems"

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
612 Conference Center

IGB Lunchbox Series

Each lecture will be paired with food prepared by Bevier Cafe and held in-person at the Spice Box Cafe.

“Healing from the Ground Up”
Healing from the Ground Up works to understand the interconnections between soil health and human health within a regional foodshed, specifically the soil and gut microbiome.

Anya Knecht
Farmer; Assistant Director for I-Regen at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Founder of Knecht Research Consulting and Design

Erin Meyer, MSFS, RD
Founder & Executive Director, Basilʼs Harvest; Clinical Associate, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria

Buffet-style lunch opens at 11:45

Register to attend at

Spice Box Cafe, 2nd Floor Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, IL, 61801

Lunch with the Core

"Introduction to BookitLab"
Dr. Glenn Fried, Director of the Core Facilities

Join via Zoom…

Meeting ID: 859 3499 5263
Password: 166361

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
612 Conference Center

Lunch with the Core

"Introducing Spatial Transcriptomics to Core Facilities: A Custom Built MERFISH Microscope "

Duncan Nall, Research Scientist

Core Facilities

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
612 Conference Center


Luisel Ricks-Santi, PhD
Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UF Health Cancer Center; Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
612 Conference Center

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 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:

Carla Dickey


Array Café Contact

Serving coffee, soft drinks, and a variety of food items and to-go snacks.

For questions regarding Array Café, e-mail:

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