Formed in 2006 with the merger of several affiliated organizations, the J. Craig Venter Institute focuses on multidisciplinary genomic science and research. More than 250 scientists and staff work in 250,000 square feet of lab space in two locations, Rockville, Maryland, and La Jolla, California. Research groups focus on human genomic medicine; infectious diseases; plant, microbial and environmental genomics; synthetic biology; bioinformatics; and software engineering. A policy center is dedicated to exploring the social and ethical issues surrounding genomic research. An education group trains the next generation of scientists through outreach efforts and a mobile laboratory.
Marine research projects aim to unlock the secrets of the ocean by sampling, sequencing and analyzing the DNA of water-based microorganisms from around the world. In addition, a state-of-the-art computational database and software tools help scientists catalog and interpret ocean microbial life, understand how microbes function in their natural ecosystems and enable studies on the effect humans are having on their environment.
Our work with the J. Craig Venter Institute ranges from performing metagenomic surveys in Botany Bay, Australia, to generating millions of DNA sequences from North Atlantic Ocean samples.