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


The McDonnell Genome Institute team makes use of genetics, genomics and bioinformatics approaches to achieve the following: 

  • Develop personalized medicine tools and strategies
  • Better understand cancer, infectious and other diseases 
  • Enhance knowledge of biodiversity among all living organisms
  • Promote diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research

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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


U.S. rushes to fill void in viral sequencing as worrisome coronavirus variants spread (Links to an external site)

By Meredith Wadman Since May 2020, Jeffrey Milbrandt has had his systems fine-tuned to sequence 1000 coronavirus samples a week. The director of a major sequencing center at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), Milbrandt knew months ago that the United States urgently needed  to identify and track emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2, the pandemic coronavirus already […]
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