ICG is a Dalhousie University Institute comprised of researchers and trainees in four faculties: Medicine, Science, Computer Science and Agriculture. Research carried out by ICG scientists includes:

comparative genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics


microbial diversity


environmental and medical microbiomics


development of bioinformatic and statistical tools

We are committed to training the next generation of scientists in a collaborative, equitable and inclusive environment.
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ICG builds upon the past success of its predecessor, the Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics (CGEB), which was established in 2008. As of April 2023, ICG is comprised of 35 Members, 2 Adjunct Members, 1 ICG Research Associate, 1 ICG Research Scientist, 2 Honorary Members, 12 staff and 138 trainees.


upcoming ICG seminar

Dr. Eric Bapteste, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Thursday, November 16, 2023, 9:30 AM, Theatre A - Tupper Medical Building Title:  TBA

Upcoming ICG seminar

Dr. Arvind Mer, University of Ottawa. Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 9:30 AM, Tupper 3-H1. Title:  Machine learning for the quantification of drug response in cancer

upcoming ICG all-lab monthly meeting

 Thursday, January 25, 2024, 9:30 AM, Theatre C (Tupper Link). Dr. Claudio Slamovits lab, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Title: TBA

upcoming ICG seminar

Dr. Kat Milligan-McClellan, University of Connecticut. Thursday, October 19, 2023, 9:30 AM.  Virtual seminar.  Title:  Adapting threespine stickleback for host-microbe...

upcoming ICG all-lab monthly meeting

 Thursday, November 23, 2023, 9:30 AM, Biology 5th floor lounge. Dr. Hong Gu’s lab (Paul Bjorndahl), Department of Mathematics & Statistics. A microbiome data...

Careers in Science Communication With a Focus on Science Journalism

Saima Sidik, Freelance Science Journalist, Somerville, MA I. ICG seminar (co-sponsored with Department of Microbiology and Immunology) Thursday, April 6, 2023, 10:00...

Serial secondary and tertiary endosymbiosis in dinoflagellates

Dr. Yuji Inagaki, University of Tsukuba. Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 10:00 AM, Tupper 3H-1

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, June 8th, 2023, 10:00 AM, Theatre A - Tupper Building. Dr. Younes Miar, Faculty of Agriculture. Title: American Mink Genome Sequencing Project

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 9:30 AM, Tupper Theatre B. Dr. Dan Gaston, Department of Pathology & NS Health, Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Precision Medicine at Nova...

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, February 9, 2023, 9:30 AM, Biology 5th floor lounge. Dr. Nicanor Gonzalez Morales, Department of Biology, "Using fruit flies and alphafold to find the...

ICG All-Lab monthly meeting

Thursday, March 16, 2023, 9:30 AM, CHEB 150, Dr. Travis Gagie, Faculty of Computer Science, ”Pangenomic FM-indexes” Abstract:  DNA alignment has been a killer app for...

Interpreting the evolution of SARS-CoV-2

Dr. Jesse Bloom, Fred Hutch Cancer Center, USA, Thursday, March 9, 2023, 1:00 PM (via Zoom)

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2023, 9:30 AM, CHEB C150. Dr. John Archibald, ICG Director, "The genomic palimpsest”

Analyses of microeukaryotes rewrite the “rules” of genome evolution derived from studies of macrobes

Dr. Laura A. Katz, Smith College, MA, Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 AM, Theatre B - Tupper Medical Building

The Australian dingo is an early offshoot of modern breed dogs

Dr. Matthew Field, James Cook University (Australia), Thursday, December 15, 2022, 2:00 PM, Theatre B - Tupper Medical Building

Agar, toothpicks, sequencers and the human microbiome

Dr. Mike Surette, McMaster University, Thursday, December 8, 2022 2:00 PM Theatre B - Tupper Medical Building

Complex models of sequence evolution for phylogenomics

Dr. Minh Bui, Australian National University, Monday, October 17, 2022 9:30 AM Chase 319 (Colloquium Room)

Microbial Diversity 2022 Symposium

Friday, September 23rd, 2022, Life Sciences Research Institute, 1344 Summer Street. 9 am - 4 pm. Registration required.

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, July 7, 2022 (9:30 AM), Theatre B, Tupper Building Dr. Finlay Maguire, Faculty of Computer Science "There and back again: characterizing SARS-CoV-2 wildlife...

ICG supporting workshop on bioinformatics training

Virtual workshop: Development of a university-wide genomics and bioinformatics training program Friday, May 6th, 2022, 9:45 AM - 3:45 PM ICG has received funding from...