Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB)

Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB)

CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) is a scientific research institute devoted primarily to biological research. It is a part of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India.

The institute was founded in 1977 as the Center for Biochemical Technology with a primary focus on biochemical research, but has since shifted its research focus to integrative biology.

The Institute has two campuses in Delhi. The North Campus is older of the two campuses and is in the campus of Delhi University, on Mall Road opposite to Jubilee
Hall. The new campus is in South Delhi, on Mathura Road at Sukhdev Vihar.

IGIB was established in 1977 as the Center for Biochemical Technology (CBT). The Functional Genomics Unit was established in 1998 with the focus shifting from chemical to genomics research. The institute was renamed “Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology” in 2002.

In 2009, a team at the institute sequenced the genome of the wild-type zebrafish, with about 1.7 billion base pairs. This made the fish, which is native to the Himalayan region, the first vertebrate to have its whole genome sequenced in India, as previously Indian scientists had only sequenced bacteria and plant genomes.

In December 2009, scientists at IGIB performed the first re-sequencing of a human genome in India. The Institute also collaborated on decoding the first Sri Lankan genome and Malayasian genome. The Institute is also a member of the Open Personal Genomics Consortium.

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