The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is a world leader in genomic research fuelled by a team-centred, multidisciplinary approach to large research initiatives. JCVI has a long track-record of creative and interdisciplinary approaches to genomics and has been a leader in large-scale DNA sequence generation and analysis since its founding in 1992 as The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR).
From its inception, JCVI faculty and staff created a dynamic infrastructure and scientific atmosphere that allows for the development and application of state-of-the-art high-throughput methods for generating and analysing biological data in the areas of genomic medicine, infectious disease, microbial and environmental genomics, plant genomics, synthetic biology and bioenergy, and informatics.
JCVI published the first complete genome sequence of a free-living organism, that of Haemophilus influenzae in 1995, the first diploid sequence of a human in 2007, and the first synthetic bacterial cell in 2010. With more than 200 scientists and staff located in Maryland and California, the JCVI is one of the largest independent, not-for-profit research institutes in the United States.