About IIGB


Doing good, for the World

The Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) was established in 2000 to pioneer solutions for hunger, disease and environmental sustainability – some of the greatest challenges confronting the 21st century. It pursues these aims by embracing advances in genomics technologies and the current trend for increasingly multi-disciplinary research in projects exploring the development of more nutritious foods, disease- and flood-resistant crops, alternative fuel sources and new medical and pharmaceutical treatments, to name a few.

Systems-based Research

To address these complex issues, the Institute engages in systems-based research, which melds new computational and technological advances with molecular and cellular biology to increase our understanding of how whole organisms function. For a detailed listing of research areas explored by IIGB members, please browse the People section and read the corresponding faculty profiles.

IIGB Areas of Study

In general, research at the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology encompasses the following broad areas:



Currently, the Institute embodies the varied and collaborative research efforts of over 100 physical and life scientists, engineers, biologists, computer scientists, and statisticians to investigate today’s significant biological questions. Members include 7 members of the National Academy of Sciences, span 20 Departments, and represent 4 UCR Colleges or Schools (Bourns College of Engineering; the College of Natural & Agricultural Science; the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; and the School of Medicine)

The varied and Collaborative Research Scientists
Members of the National Academy of Sciences
Many Departments at UCR
Represent UCR Colleges or Schools
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