Comparative Genomics Centre (CGC)

James Cook University

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Acropora coral used to study epigenetics

The CGC uses a variety of genetic models, including staghorn coral and mice, to study human disease from an evolutionary perspective. Current research enhances understanding of the processes involved in cancer, birth defects, immune compromised states and autoimmune disease. The Centre has become a focus of resources and expertise in genetics for the University and the region. The member laboratories now cover a much broader range of applications of genetics and genomics, including the science of coral reef management and biotechnological applications.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Determining the genetic causes of autoimmune diseases
  • Developing genetic recombinant plant crops with improved disease resistance and greater yields
  • Analysis of large genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data sets
  • Exploring the potential of peptides as drug candidates for therapeutic applications
  • Automated sequencine and genotyping

Facilities and major equipment

  • Genetic Analysis Facility
  • Medical Genomics Laboratory
  • Immunogenetics Research Facility
  • NanoDrop ND-1000 Spectrophotometer
  • MegaBACE 1000 DNA Analysis System
  • Real-time quantitative PCR
  • Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting Facility

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Comparative Genomics Centre, Molecular Sciences Bldg 21, James Cook University, Townsville, 4811

Organisation type

  • University
  • University Research Centre

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