Who We Are
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:
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 19 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 mission of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology is to:
Foster and Support interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers on campus and in the scientific community utilizing a systems-based1 approach to science
Develop novel approaches and technologies to solve complex biological problems
Train students and postdocs in interdisciplinary research
Explore the translational development of potentially commercial technologies and projects
1 Systems based: the melding of computational approaches and technological innovations with molecular and cellular biology
Message from the Director
The 21st century is witnessing a merging and coalescing of disciplines. A new scientific language is being invented based on the increasingly multidisciplinary, multidimensional, and international nature of research. We need to overcome disciplinary and academic barriers to train a new generation of scientists to combine innovative tools in genomic biology, chemistry, math, computer sciences, and engineering to unravel the real world of biology. Indeed, it will take a concerted effort from educators, various scientific communities, granting agencies and universities to take full advantage of emerging scientific opportunities. We need to reshape the education of scientists and engineers, starting with undergraduate instruction, so that cross disciplinary and cross institutional teams are emphasized.
We hope that IIGB is a nucleus for this type of interdisciplinary, cutting-edge science and a place where young students are drawn in their quest to be a part of this new and very exciting adventure, an adventure that will dominate this century.
If you dream of something great for this institution, then please contact us! We are open to ideas and suggestions. Our goal is to build an institute where many disciplines come together and inform one another; one that is inclusive, world-class, and a magnet for scientists and students from around the world. We can only achieve this with your help and active participation.
Director, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology
Professor of Molecular Biochemistry
Botany & Plant Sciences Department
Phone: (951) 827-6370
IIGB’s accomplishments are meaningless if we can’t use them to further inspire the next generation of researchers. This passion extends beyond UCR’s confines, to students in the surrounding Riverside and San Bernardino counties, with a particular focus on those from majority low income schools. We invite you to join us.
Our members’ research interests span the Institute and its two affiliated Centers.
Over 100 scientists across 16 Departments and 4 UCR Colleges or Schools.
We offer services from our five Instrumentation Cores.
We host seminars, symposia, and other opportunities to come together.
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We provide opportunities for on- and off-campus collaborations