About the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

Who Are We?
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.
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. In general, research at the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology encompasses the following broad areas:
vector biology
mammalian biology
plant biology


Currently the Institute embodies the varied and collaborative research efforts of over 100 physical and life scientists, engineers, biologists, computer scientists, and statisticians from the following units to investigate today’s significant biological questions:
Depts (16):
Botany & Plant Sciences
Cell Biology & Neuroscience
Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Plant Pathology & Microbiology
Colleges/Schools (4):
Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE)
College of Agricultural & Natural Sciences (CNAS)
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS)
School of Medicine (SOM)
Many reseachers within the Institute are organized into Centers based on their areas of expertise and interdisciplinary research goals.