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 September 2021, ICG is comprised of 27 Members, 1 Adjunct member, 1 ICG Research Associate, 2 Honorary Members, 16 staff and 120 trainees.


ICG all-lab monthly meeting

December 2, 2021 (9:30 AM), Title: TBA, Dr. Rob Beiko, Computer Science

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

November 4, 2021 (9:30 AM) Title: TBA, Dr. W. Ford Doolittle, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Origin and Ongoing Evolution of SARS-CoV-2

October 14, 2021 (5:00 PM) PROFESSOR EDWARD C. HOLMES, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, The University of Sydney

Multi-genome references

November 5th, 2020, Dr. Travis Gagie, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

Exploring the hidden diversity of the smallest marine protists

Dr. Ramon Massana, Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain.

Gradients do grow on trees: linear-time gradients for high-dimensional phylogenetics

Dr. Marc Suchard, University of California, Los Angeles.

The principle of microbial infallibility in the metagenomic era

Dr. Maureen O'Malley, University of Sydney.

Bayesian model selection

Dr. Ziheng Yang, University College London.