The Institute of Genomics (IG) is an institute engaged in research and teaching, that belongs to the Faculty of Science and Technology of University of Tartu and was formed on 1st of January 2018 on the basis of Estonian Genome Centre of University of Tartu and Estonian Biocentre, which joined the university.
The mission of the Institute of Genomics is to be a centre of excellence for internationally competitive research in high-tech demanding fields of natural sciences and medicine, focussing on interdisciplinary genomic research with the aim of finding and explaining the causes and associations of genetic variability through basic and applied research. The IG’s mission is to provide the competence in these given fields in Estonia, to gather the population’s health data and hereditary information, conduct interdisciplinary genetic studies, apply the results of genetic research for the improvement of public health, and to be the main force in the development of personalized medicine in Estonia.
Research activities are carried out by the following departments of Institute of genomics:
- Estonian Genome Centre, that brings together the research groups of the former Estonian Genome Centre of University of Tartu
- Estonian Biocentre, that brings together the research groups of the former Estonian Biocentre
- Centre for Genomics, Evolution and Medicine (cGEM), which is a working group created in 2018 within a H2020 ERA-Chair project.
In addition, the institute is the responsible operation and development of the research infrastructure, which is important in terms of both Estonia and the EU, the Estonian Biobank. The role of the Estonian Biobank is to collect the health and heredity information of the Estonian population and use this data for the benefit of both science and population health by promoting genetic research and applying the results of genetic research to improve public health.