“Studying the building blocks of life allows us to serve the health of our species and our planet.”David Haussler

Our Vision

Focusing the power of genomics – collaboratively, openly, and ethically – for the benefit of both the individual and the planet.

Our Mission

We create advanced technologies and open-source genomics platforms to unravel evolutionary patterns, molecular processes and the underpinnings of disease. Our platforms, technologies, and scientists unite global communities to create and deploy data-driven, life-saving treatments and innovative environmental and conservation efforts.
We will openly and responsibly share what we learn and create. We are a public institution dedicated to creating a healthier world.

UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute

Unlocking life.


We thrive on being audacious and asking the hard questions.

What if doctors could
employ more intelligent
diagnostics and cure
people more quickly?

What if understanding the genetic
underpinnings of biodiversity
helped conserve species?

The UC Santa Cruz
Genomics Institute is
empowering scientists all
over the world to answer
these questions and more.

Our goals • We provide the organizing framework, focus, and leadership for the next great leap in the science of genomics. To carry out our goals, we will:

Accelerate the power of the global research community to solve today’s intractable health problems

Lead the national and international effort to break down institutional silos where genomic information is now isolated

Enable the secure access and analysis of genomic data on a global open-source federated network

Tackle head-on the most fundamental societal questions evoked by the advent of genomics technology

As always, all that we learn and create we will openly share with the world. We are a public institution dedicated to creating a healthier world and a healthier society.

Co-founding the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health is just the latest milestone in a long history of UCSC leadership in the field of genomics.