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Our research groups focus on human genomic medicine, infectious disease, plant, microbial and environmental genomics, synthetic biology and biological energy, bioinformatics, and software engineering. One of our core areas has always been high-throughput genomic sequencing. This team is housed in a facility in Rockville and features the latest DNA sequencers, a new technology development lab and a state-of-the-art data center. The JCVI has a Policy Center dedicated to exploring the social and ethical issues surrounding genomic research, and an Education Group that seeks to enlighten and engage the next generation of scientists through efforts such as the Discover!Genomics mobile laboratory.

Research Highlights

Animal Microbiome Studies (AMS)

Animal Microbiome Sciences focuses on studying the microbial populations that natively inhabit these animals, allowing us determine their...

First Self-Replicating Synthetic Bacterial Cell

Genomic science has greatly enhanced our understanding of the biological world. It is enabling researchers to "read" the genetic code of...

Global Ocean Sampling Expedition

The world around us teems with life. But what we see with our eyes is not all that's there, nor all that is important. The unseen world...

Human Diploid Genome

The first publication of a diploid human genome from one person: A step closer to truly individualized genomic medicine.

Human Microbiome Project (HMP)

The NIH Human Microbiome Project (HMP) was initiated to help determine the core human microbiome, to understand the changes in the human...

Human Microbiome Studies (HMS)

As a leading genomics research organization, the J. Craig Venter Institute has numerous projects and programs that are focused on this...

Southern African Genome Diversity Study

Research Team led by JCVI Scientists Uncover More Complexity and Detail in Southern African Genomic Diversity.

Synthetic Genomics | Options for Governance

Results of a 20-month examination of the safety and security concerns posed by synthetic genomics, by a core group of 18 individuals with a...