About Us

Research at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics is transforming our understanding of life on Earth through DNA-based technologies.

About Us

The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics is a national research facility based at the University of Guelph. It was launched in 2005 with support from the government of Canada, the province of Ontario, private foundations, and the University of Guelph. Since then, it has developed world-leading capabilities in DNA sequencing, informatics, and digital imaging, allowing it to support and coordinate the major research programs undertaken by the International Barcode of Life Consortium. Leveraging the capabilities of researchers and research organizations in 41 nations, the CBG is illuminating biodiversity at an ever-accelerating pace.


To activate a global biomonitoring system through the development of DNA sequencing, informatics, and organizational infrastructure.



To provide society with efficient, cost-effective tools to read the biosphere with DNA so we can understand and protect life on Earth.

Global Leadership

To remain a global leader in the development of DNA-based approaches for specimen identification and species discovery with a focus on multicellular life.

Educate to Protect

To provide the information needed to better protect biodiversity with the goal of minimizing the loss of countless populations and species.

& Index

Collect & Index

To complete the inventory of all species by automating the analysis of biodiversity through DNA sequencing technologies and high performance computing.

Support Global Science

To develop the international collaborations that will allow biodiversity science to establish and operate a Global Research Infrastructure.

Our Values

  • We are committed to advancing society’s understanding of new approaches in biodiversity science through our involvement in educational and international development programs.
  • The CBG is committed to the professional advancement of its staff and to the strong integration of its Units.
  • The CBG is committed to advancing the scientific reputation of its home institution, its province, and its nation.

Expanding knowledge of life on our planet