The Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing & Biotechnology (IGBB) at Mississippi State University (MS State) was founded in 2011 to increase the ability of Mississippi scientists to lead high-throughput, multi-disciplinary projects focused on understanding the biomolecular interactions underlying the diversity, value, and sustainability of species of agricultural, medical, bioenergy, and/or ecological importance. The IGBB provides researchers access to a team of highly-skilled professionals trained in cutting edge genomics, proteomics, and high performance computing principles and techniques. The IGBB team not only generates molecular data using state-of-the-art equipment, but works with investigators to efficiently derive biological knowledge from that data. Specific goals of the IGBB include:
The IGBB was formed in 2011 through the merger of two successful MS State institutes -- specifically, the Life Sciences & Biotechnology Institute and the Institute for Digital Biology -- and integration of the resulting unit into MS State's High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²). The merger and affiliation with the HPC has greatly expanded Mississippi State University's growing role as a leader in cutting edge genomics, proteomics, and computational biology research.