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McDonnell Genome Institute Tour

Monday, February 18, 2019 @ 10:00 AM-11:30 AM


McDonnell Genome Institute
4444 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108 United States  + Google Map

This event is now FULL. Thank you for your interest in attending. Please email rjansen@academyofsciencestl.org to be added to the wait-list.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science and STEM Teens Leadership Council student members, all area students in grades 6-12, and adults. REGISTER BELOW. Space is limited. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Tour Directors:
Laura Courtney, Lab Manager / Compliance, McDonnell Genome Institute
Robert Fulton, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine; Director, Technical Development, McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI)

mgi1The McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) is a world leader in the fast-paced, constantly changing field of genomics. Since its inception in 1993, playing a vital role in the field of genome sequencing and receiving over $1.3 billion in research funding. The institute began as a key player in the Human Genome Project — an international effort to decode all 6 billion letters of our genetic blueprint — ultimately contributing 25 percent of the finished sequence.

In 2008, the McDonnell Genome Institute became the first to sequence the complete genome of a cancer patient — a woman with leukemia — and to trace her disease to its genetic roots. This has led the way for the institute’s involvement in new personalized medicine research and discoveries.

As part of the Washington University campus, MGI works with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center, and Washington University School of Medicine.

JOIN US for this interactive behind-the-scenes tour that includes a hands-on DNA extraction demo, a historic overview of the 25 years of large scale genome sequencing research, and a walk-through of the Institute’s laboratories to see the automated processes necessary to generate whole genome sequence data.


McDonnell Genome Institute Tour is a Genetics and Genomics Series Community Event of The Academy of Science – St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and the Children’s Discovery Institute of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
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Monday, February 18, 2019
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
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McDonnell Genome Institute
4444 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, 63108 United States
+ Google Map