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Joint Genome Institute

Joint Genome Institute

DOE Joint Genome Institute

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) was established in 1997 to consolidate the department’s programs and resources in DNA sequencing, informatics, and technology development to advance the Human Genome Project. Soon after, the University of California, which manages the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where JGI was fırst situated, leased lab and offıce space in nearby Walnut Creek to house JGI activities. In 2004, JGI broadened its mandate to become a DOE Office of Science User Facility (http://bit.ly/User-Facility-JGI), and now boasts thousands of users of its genomic resources worldwide.

The JGI’s resources are managed and allocated under the auspices of the Community Science Program (CSP: http://bit.ly/CSPJGI), surveying the biosphere to characterize non-biomedical organisms and environments relevant to the DOE science mission, which includes interests in bioenergy, global carbon cycling, and biogeochemistry. CSP projects are selected through peer review on the basis of scientifıc merit, scale, complexity, and relevance. JGI provides services at no cost, so long as the data generated can be made available through its public portals.

The JGI supports programs (http://bit.ly/Science-JGI) in plant, fungal, and microbial genomics, metagenomics, DNA synthesis, metabolomics and genomic technologies. Committed to fostering a diverse workforce–in experience, perspective, background–and a culture of inclusion for scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovations, the Institute hosts visiting scientists as well as post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate interns in these areas.

The JGI is slated to move into a new building on the main Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus in 2019.