Center Leadership

The Directors of the Center for Plant Cell Biology and the Center for Infectious Disease Vector Research work in tandem with the IIGB Director to establish a collaborative vision across the Institute.

Katayoon Dehesh
Katayoon DeheshDirector, IIGB
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.
Julia Bailey-Serres
Julia Bailey-SerresDirector, CEPCEB
Established in 2002 by Natasha Raikhel, the Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) addresses significant questions in plant biology on a molecular level to meet such global challenges as improved nutrition, increased crop yield, resistance to pests, sustainable biofuels, and environmental conservation. To accomplish this, the Center engages its world-class researchers, the scientific community, and industry in interdisciplinary research.
Karine Le Roch
Karine Le RochDirector, CIDVR
The Center for Infectious Disease Vector Research (CIDVR), established in 2005 by Entomologist and Biochemist Alexander Raikhel as part of the UCR Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB), incorporates the most rapidly developing areas of biological research, such as genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and systems-based approaches, into vector biology.

Our Membership

Our Membership includes over 100 physical and life scientists, engineers, biologists, computer scientists and statisticians in 16 Departments across 4 UCR Colleges and Schools.

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Core Facilities

The Institute is organized around an 11,000 sq. ft. suite of Instrumentation Facilities at Noel T. Keen/Batchelor Hall that serve as a centralized, shared-use resource for faculty, staff and students.  These facilities are housed within the same building, providing researchers with the ability to access diverse technologies and expertise at one location. The Core Facilities and staff offer advanced tools in the following areas to provide a focal point for broad-based cutting-edge biological research:

  • Genomics supporting research in the sequencing of genomes, RNASeq, ChIPSeq, methylSeq, metagenomics and chemical genomics.

  • Bioinformatics – providing resources for large-scale comparative genomics, data mining, systems modeling, and drug discovery.

  • Microscopy housing multiple microscopes including a 3D Palm super-resolution, plus tissue sectioning instruments, a laser capture system, a gene gun, and a fluidics robot.

  • Metabolomics/Lipidomics Metabolites are the end products of regulation at the genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic levels, hence serve as the most feasible, direct correlative measure of cellular phenotype. Metabolomics aims to identify and quantify all of the metabolites present in a given system.

  • Proteomics promoting understanding in how thousands of cellular proteins are affected during growth or as a result of treatments or stresses.

Each Core Facility is spearheaded by a PhD-level Academic Coordinator, who conducts training workshops and seminars on a regular basis and may participate in the research of our principal investigators. In addition, the core facilities’ management and staff harness the resources of other campus departments and research centers, including the High Performance Computing Cluster, to perform and encourage interdisciplinary research and training initiatives.

Keen Hall’s instrumentation facilities are available during the day (8am-5pm) to campus researchers and students.  If you are a UCR researcher and would like after-hours access, please complete the Genomics Building and Noel Keen Hall Fob Authorization Form, obtain the necessary approvals, and return to Genomics, Room 1206.

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Our Collaborations

In addition to the Center for Plant Cell Biology and the Center for Infectious Disease Vector Research, the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology has a significant international collaboration with the FAFU-UCR Joint Center for Horticultural Biology and Metabolomics (HBMC).

HBMC’s research covers a range of basic and translational biology in the areas of metabolomics, signal transduction, cell biology, epigenetic regulation, plant development, metabolic regulation, and discovery of functional natural products. Research is guided by an International Scientific Advisory Committee, which consists of world-known plant biologists including Asaph Aharoni (Weizmann, Israel), Xiao-Ya Chen (CAS, China), Jiri Friml (IST, Austria), and IIGB’s Zhenbiao Yang (Director, UCR, USA) and  Natasha Raikhel (UCR, USA).

These Centers are in addition to IIGB’s extensive network of research collaborations with other on-campus organizations:

Center for Conservation Biology (CCB)
Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions
Center for Invasive Species Research (CISR)
Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)
Center for Research in Intelligent Systems (CRIS)
Stem Cell Center

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