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Established in 2003, the Institute for Genomic Biology on the Urbana campus is home to more than 150 faculty and affiliate researchers from 30 disciplines exploring pressing problems in agriculture, human health, the environment, and energy use and production.

Multidisciplinary research teams organized in three broad areas — systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering, and genome technology — conduct research in a $75 million, 186,000-square-foot dedicated interdisciplinary research facility that opened in 2007. Core facilities include a microscopy suite, a plant-growth facility, a bioanalytical facility and a microfabrication laboratory.

The IGB building on the Urbana campus.One team of IGB researchers, led by biochemistry professor John A. Gerlt, received a five-year, $33.9 million grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences to study the functions of unknown enzymes. Announced in May 2010, the grant funds the development of develop a strategy for discovering the functions of unknown, or uncharacterized, enzymes discovered in genome-sequencing projects.

The Urbana-Champaign campus has a long history of collaborative research, both between campus colleges and with colleagues at colleges, universities, agencies and institutes around the globe.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a recognized leader in teaching and scholarship and is known as an institution that creates knowledge and advances understanding.

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Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign