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 32 Members, 1 Adjunct member, 1 ICG Research Associate, 2 Honorary Members, 16 staff and 120 trainees.


Upcoming Seminar

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

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.

The principle of microbial infallibility in the metagenomic era

July 4, 2019, Dr. Maureen O'Malley, University of Sydney.

Bayesian model selection

August 22, 2019, Dr. Ziheng Yang, University College London.