CCG Highlights

  • Genomics Lab

    The heart of the CCG....
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  • cryocollection

    Ultracold DNA collection
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  • PhyloCluster

    280-core Supercomputer
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    Current CCG research
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The CCG lab is a state-of-the-art lab outfitted with the latest technologies for generating genetic and genomic data for scientific research. Personnel working in the lab include Academy graduate students, research associates, post-docs, technicians and curators. Please explore our website more to find specific details about our facilities, computing resources, research projects and staff.

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About the Department

The Center for Comparative Genomics was established in the summer of 2008 to serve the California Academy of Sciences Research Division and its students with the resources necessary to participate in the growing field of genomics. The CCG was developed and implemented by Greg Farrington, Frank Almeda and Brian Simison, and funded by a generous donation by Shirley and Harry Hagey. The CCG is a three unit facility that includes a comparative genomics laboratory, a 280-core Apple Xserve high performance computing cluster and a CryoCollection of genetic resources. The 3-fold objective of the CCG is to provide our researchers with the latest tools available from the field of comparative genomics, to encourage large scale collaborative projects with researchers from other institutions, and to attract top graduate students, postdocs and future curators.

CCG Current Pub Board

Blackburn DC, Siler CD, Diesmos AC, McGuire JA, Cannatella DC, Brown RM (2013) An adaptive radiation of frogs in a southeast Asian island archipelago. Evolution 67:2631-2646.


Rocha LA, Bernal MA, Gaither MR, Alfaro ME (2013) Massively parallel DNA sequencing: the new frontier in biogeography. Frontiers of Biogeography 5(1): 67-77.


Simison WB, Sellas AB, Feldheim KA, Parham JF (2013) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers for identifying hybridization and genetic pollution associated with red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans). Conservation Genetic Resources. DOI 10.1007/s12686-013-9978-5.


Blackburn DC, Duellman WE (2013) Brazilian marsupial frogs are diphyletic (Anura: Hemiphractidae: Gastrotheca) Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 68: 709-714.


Parham JF, Papenfuss TJ, van Dijk PP, Wilson BS, Marte C, Schettino LR, Simison B (2013) Genetic introgression and hybridization in Antillean freshwater turtles (Trachemys) revealed by coalescent analyses of mitochondrial and cloned nuclear markers. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 67: 176-187.


Carrison-Stone D, Van Syoc R, Williams G, Simison B (2013) Two new species of the gorgonian inhabiting barnacle, Conopea (Crustacea, Cirripedia, Thoracica), from the Gulf of Guinea. ZooKeys 270: 1-20


  • Who do I contact with questions about the CCG Lab?
  • What types of equipment are available for use in the CCG Lab?

    The CCG Lab is outfitted for standard DNA sequencing and genotyping applications. Photos of the lab and details about equipment may be found on the Genomics Lab Page.

  • What types of projects do people work on in the CCG Lab?

    Researchers in the CCG Lab are working on all sorts of plant and animal projects. To see a list of current lab projects please visit our CCG Projects Page.

  • How do I become an intern in the CCG lab?

    Interns working in the CCG lab are recruited via the Academy's highschool and college internship programs. To obtain more information or apply to one of these programs, please visit the Academy's internship website.

  • How do I apply for access to the Genomics Lab?
  • How do I access the PhyloCluster?
  • Are there any positions available in the CCG?

    Currently, there are no job openings in the CCG.