The CCG is a three-unit facility comprised of a sequencing lab, frozen DNA collection, and computing resources that serves as the Academy's core genomics and sequencing center.

The Center for Comparative Genomics was established in the summer of 2008 to support the California Academy of Sciences' Research Division with the resources necessary to participate in the growing field of genomics. The CCG was developed and implemented by Brian Simison and funded by a generous donation by Shirley and Harry Hagey.

The CCG has three primary objectives:

  • to provide our researchers with the molecular tools necessary to be leaders in their fields
  • to encourage large-scale collaborative projects with researchers from other institutions
  • to attract top graduate students, postdocs, and future curators

For more information about how we support these objectives, please explore the online resources below. 


Inside the CCG Lab

Genomics Lab

Our genomics lab is a fully equipped DNA sequencing and genotyping facility available for use to Academy researchers, students, and associates working to answer questions about the ecology, systematics, evolutionary biology, and diversity of species.

Image of butterfly collections


Learn more about our active, ongoing research projects that seek to answer some of the biggest questions and challenges in natural sciences today.  


Computing Resources

The CCG includes a variety of computers, genomics servers, software, various tutorials, and a high-performance computing cluster to serve the needs of IBSS scientists.

liquid nitrogen freezers


The CCG CryoCollection houses purified DNA extractions, DNA primers, and various genomic libraries such as cDNA preps, RADseq, and whole genome preps.

Contact us
Questions about the Center for Comparative Genomics? We'd love to hear from you!
Athena Lam, PhD
Director of CCG

What types of equipment are available for use? Are internships available? Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions via the link below.