We specialize in long-read sequencing technologies. We mostly serve as a central laboratory for the Vertebrate Genomes Project. Our expertise spans multiple fields including sample collection and preparation (e.g. High-Molecular Weight DNA isolation), sequencing data production, genome assembly, and comparative genomics. We host several sequencers in our lab ( PacBio Sequel IIe, Oxford Nanopore PromethIon) and an optical mapping instrument (Bionano Saphyr). We enjoy pushing technological limits and we strive to constantly improve ourselves. But above all, we are biologists and are passionate about biodiversity and uncovering the genetic basis of traits.
Vertebrate Genome Laboratory
The main reason why I decided to create the VGL is to push Genomics forward. In my life time, I want to see perfect genome assemblies of all living vertebrates. Not only I want to witness this achievement but I also want to be a major player.
Erich D. Jarvis, Founder and co-director of the VGL