San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE J. CRAIG VENTER INSTITUTE’S NEW SUSTAINABLE LABORATORY
Mark your calendars for a one of a kind opening event to celebrate our new sustainable laboratory in La Jolla, CA.
The beautiful steel, wood and concrete J. Craig Venter Institute building, designed by ZGF Architects and constructed by McCarthy Building Companies on the University of California, San Diego campus, will be the first true carbon neutral biological laboratory in the world. The 45,000 square foot facility will embody the philosophies of much of the genomic research that will take place inside the building. Our scientists are conducting human genomic sequencing and analysis, human microbiome investigations, synthetic genomic research as well as environmental and single cell genomics to explore the vast unseen world of microbes living in and around us.
To commemorate the opening of this remarkable building we are hosting a black tie gala event. Special musical guests, delightful roving visual entertainment and delicious food and specialty drinks will tantalize you as you party in this unique building while learning about our groundbreaking science.
More details are available via our event website, including general parking information: www.jcvi.org/stepintothegenome
You won’t want to miss this event! Help us celebrate this new chapter in our long and successful history of genomic research.
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J. Craig Venter Institute
The J. Craig Venter Institute was formed in October 2006 through the merger of several affiliated and legacy organizations — The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and The Center for the Advancement of Genomics (TCAG), The J. Craig Venter Science Foundation, The Joint Technology Center, and the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives (IBEA). Today all these organizations have become one large multidisciplinary genomic-focused organization. With more than 250 scientists and staff, more than 250,000 square feet of laboratory space, and locations in Rockville, Maryland and La Jolla, California, the new JCVI is a world leader in genomic research.
For more than two decades Dr. J. Craig Venter and his research teams have been pioneers in genomic research. The revolution began in 1991 when at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Venter and his team developed expressed sequence tags (ESTs), a new technique to rapidly discover genes. Dr. Venter and his colleagues then started a new kind of not-for-profit research institute, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). With the freedom to pursue any number of exciting avenues in the burgeoning field of genomics, the team decided to use their new computing and computational tools, as well as new DNA sequencing technology, to sequence the first free living organism, Haemophilus influenzae in 1995. With this advance, the floodgates of genomics were opened. TIGR went on to sequence and analyze more than 50 microbial genomes. Dr. Venter and some from his team moved into mammalian genomics and sequenced some of the most important model organisms including the fruit fly, mouse and rat. The world's attention was perhaps most keenly focused on the sequencing and analysis of one genomethe humanwhich was published in 2001 by Dr. Venter and his team at Celera Genomics.
At the JCVI, we're not content to rest on our laurels. In the past three years teams have been engaged in some of the most fruitful and exciting research in the biological sciences. We've published the first diploid human genome and the ongoing Global Ocean Sampling Expedition which has thus far uncovered more than 60 million genes and thousands of novel protein families from organisms found in sea water. Teams have also sequenced the microbial flora found in human environments such as the vagina, oral cavity and human gut. We're making steady progress in our quest to create a synthetic chromosome and organism having successfully transformed one species of bacteria into another. We've also sequenced a variety of important infectious disease agents such as the mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, and we are working to understand the evolution of several viral genomes such as influenza and coronavirus in our quest to help alleviate the scourge of infectious disease around the world. These are just a few of the many research areas our team is tackling as we seek to make a worldwide impact with our science.