A picture is worth a thousand base pairs

A small but powerful toolset makes sharing genomic data visualizations straightforward.

Unraveling Evolutionary Patterns

We are using genomics to uncover clues about species extinction, to learn how to save vulnerable populations and to see what this teaches us about our future on earth.

Identifying the Underpinnings of Disease

Diseases like cancer have a unique genetic signature that can be digitized, deconstructed and compared with healthy biology. It’s a clinical problem with a computer science solution.

Uniting Global Communities

We have led the effort to define genomics data-sharing standards by co-founding the GA4GH, with more than 450 organizational members from more than 40 countries

Platforms for Life-Saving Treatments

We can match individual tumor RNA with tumors in the largest public cancer genome database in the world — uncovering potential treatment options for patients with “incurable” cancer.

UCSC’s Genomics Institute settles into new Delaware Avenue headquarters

The move to 2300 Delaware Ave. coincides with the formal establishment of the Genomics Institute as an Organized Research Unit at UC Santa Cruz

Welcome to the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute


BRCA Exchange: Data Sharing for the Benefit of Science and Medicine

DNA Testing 2.0: The Near Future of Population Genomics

Highly Multiplexed Single-Cell Full-Length cDNA Sequencing of human immune cells with 10X Genomics and R2C2

Roger Volden,  Christopher Vollmers bioRxiv | January 11, 2020 Abstract Single cell transcriptome analysis elucidates facets of cell biology that have been previously out of reach. However, the high-throughput analysis of thousands of single cell transcriptomes has...

Racial Reconciliation & the Future of Race in America

January 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PST  $10

Join us for a conversation with Alondra Nelson (President, Social Sciences Research Council), and Herman Gray (Emeritus Professor of Sociology), moderated by Jenny Reardon, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz. The racially charged moment we are living through in the U.S. comes with tremendous danger, but also with great opportunity. The dangers are obvious— blatantly racist statements by our president, the emboldenment of white supremacist movements, the rampant loss of black life at the hands of the police, the demonizing of immigrants, rampant Islamophobia and so on. 

“The Genomics Institute has been coming up with approaches to treating pediatric cancer that have never been tried before.”

– John “Bud” and Rebecca Colligan, who established the Colligan Presidential Chair