The Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III Genome Institute provides comprehensive genomic services to Washington University and the scientific community.

Leading the way in high-speed, comprehensive genomics.

We aim to improve the human condition by producing, studying and interpreting high-quality genome-based data that drives biological discoveries.

A Team of Experts


Li Ding, PhD, led a team that analyzed DNA from nearly 10,000 patient tumors across 33 cancer types. They found 300 genes that drive cancer, and more than half of the tumors analyzed had at least one mutation of clinical significance.

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Over $1.3B in Research Funding


The McDonnell Genome Institute has received over $1.3 billion in research funding to inform future clinical work and help in the study, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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Latest News


Washington University pumps millions into Cortex building, as another rises nearby

Washington University is investing millions of dollars in a decades-old building near Cortex, helping boost occupancy there as another 11-story research development rises nearby. The university last summer completed renovations to the McDonnell Genome Institute and Genome Technology Access Center, both at 4444 Forest Park Ave. And more work, including a genome engineering center and […]

Photos: Washington U. School of Med. deploys COVID saliva testing

Washington University School of Medicine, using a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, has begun administering the COVID-19 saliva test it developed in the Special School District of St. Louis County in search of asymptomatic carriers among teachers initially. The test, which is reportedly 99% accurate, is distributed weekly on a voluntary […]
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