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Microbial & Environmental Genomics


The world around us is largely inhabited and maintained by a vast army of unseen microorganisms. Until the advent of genomics tools we were unaware of just how prevalent and important these organisms were to life on our planet. While much work has been done in trying to understand this microbial world, the surface has only been scratched. Since our sequencing of the first free-living bacterium, Haemophilus influenza, JCVI scientists have been leading the field of microbial genomics.

Today, we've sequenced more than 100 organisms and are now blazing new trails in environmental genomics having completed a circumnavigation of the world's oceans as part of the Global Ocean Sampling Expedition uncovering more than 60 million genes as a result of this project. Our researchers have also conducted environmental surveys of the human body, cataloguing the bacteria and viruses that thrive in various body cavities. From deep sea ocean vents, air above New York City, soils in Panamanian jungles to the human mouth and gut, JCVI researchers are modern day explorers of this microbial-driven world.

Featured Highlights

Antarctic Genomic and Proteomic Survey

Comparative Genomic and Proteomic Survey of Major Antarctic Marine Phytoplankton: A Foundation for Polar Phytoplankton Genomics


JCVI scientists in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have built a...

Expression profiling and functional genomics of a pennate diatom

This project investigates the genes and pathways involved in Fe-stress acclimation in the ocean, which affects phytoplankton composition.

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 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...

Moore Foundation Marine Microbial Genome Sequencing Project

With the support of the Moore Foundation, we are sequencing, assembling, and auto-annotating the genomes of 165 marine microbes.