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.
Sharon Donovan, PhD
Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative
Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Diet and Health, University of Illinois
Hannah Holscher, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nutrition, University of Illinois
Naiman Khan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois
“Personalized Nutrition Initiative at Illinois"
In response to the pandemic, this year's Art of Science 10.0 Installation will be a hybrid experience.
The in-person installation will be open for socially-distant outdoor viewing, September 30th through October 3rd from 10am-4pm daily (weather permitting) on the west side of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, 1206 West Gregory Drive, Urbana.
For in-person visitors, masks and social distancing are required, but selfies with the art are encouraged!
To view the show online, go to https://www.igb.illinois.edu/gallery/artofscience/10
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Jose Dinneny, PhD
Stanford University; Associate Professor, Department of Biology
"Sheltering in Place: How plants cope with being stressed and alone"
Jacob Sherkow, Professor of Law
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
“Genomics and the Law: Sex, Crime, and Property”
Science Journalist and Contributor, Nature Careers (she/her)
"More Than Just a Good IDEA: Why Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Make Your Science Stronger"
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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