The CBG includes three Research Units focused on DNA barcoding, and two Communication Units which extend the impact of its work. Although researchers represent the core user community, the CBG ensures that its scientific capacity has broader influence, both in Canada and internationally.
The Collections Unit of the CBG handles all aspects of front-end specimen collection, processing, imaging, accession, and archiving. In addition to these tasks, it is involved in public outreach via its mobile collection lab – the BIObus – and participation in the Ontario BioBlitz.
The Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding is the world premier core facility for high-throughput DNA barcoding, with a capacity for analyzing one million specimens per year and an active R&D department. Analytical services are provided in support of all stages of the DNA barcoding pipeline from molecular analysis to data management.
The Informatics Unit is responsible for fulfilling all computational and informatics needs of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, supporting researchers all over the globe. The team works to find innovative and integrated solutions for the needs of the global user base, and to develop strong informatics tools will help predict shifts in global biodiversity.
The International Developments Unit offers a dedicated Research Training Program in DNA Barcoding which offers participants a comprehensive hands-on experience of the entire analytical chain from collection management, through core laboratory operations, to bioinformatics approaches. It gives participants an opportunity to meet with the centre’s faculty, researchers and core technical staff and discuss specific questions related to the DNA barcoding concept, methodology and application.
The Education & Outreach Unit at the CBG aims to promote public understanding of the concepts, methods, and applications of DNA barcoding. Through hands-on research programs, inquiry-based learning activities, and informative outreach events, the team encourages people of all ages to become actively engaged citizen scientists through the exploration of modern biodiversity science and techniques.