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 June 2022, ICG is comprised of 31 Members, 2 Adjunct members, 1 ICG Research Associate, 2 Honorary Members, 12 staff and 138 trainees.


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...

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, May 5, 2022 (10:30 AM) “Understanding the genetic basis of aroma production in apples” Tayab Soomro (Sean Myles lab, Faculty of Agriculture)

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, April 7, 2022 (9:30 AM), "Fundamental bioinformatics tools for multi-omics data analysis", Dr. Tobias Karakach, Dept. of Pharmacology,

Understanding genetic redundancy using plant as model

Thursday, March 17, 2022 (11:30 AM), Dr. Shinhan Shiu, Michigan State University.

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

Thursday, March 3, 2022 (9:30 AM), "Phylogenetic Topographer: Understanding Phylogenetic Treespace by Pruning and Regrafting", Dr. Christopher Whidden, Faculty of...

Salmo-Seq: A new approach to detection of Salmonella enterica

March 31, 2022 (10:00 AM), Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, University of Guelph,  

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

January 13, 2022 (9:30 AM), "Mitochondria, Ribosomes and Cells: An Unexpected Journey”, Dr. Mike Gray, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

“Mother’s milk and baby’s bacteria: How breastfeeding shapes the infant microbiome and child health”

Dr. Meghan Azad, University of Manitoba, November 8, 2021 (2:30 pm),   Theatre A, Tupper Building

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

December 2, 2021 (9:30 AM), "Antimicrobial resistance on the move: so many genomes, so little time" Dr. Rob Beiko, Computer Science

ICG all-lab monthly meeting

November 4, 2021 (9:30 AM) "How we got here: CIAR to CGEB to ICG" 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

February 13, 2020, Dr. Ramon Massana, Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain.

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

October 3, 2019, Dr. Marc Suchard, University of California, Los Angeles.