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 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.

The CCG is headed by Brian Simison and managed by Anna Sellas and includes nine rooms, two capillary DNA sequencers, eight PCR machines, two ultra-cold freezers (-80ºC), six desktop computers, a supercomputer, and all the equipment and instruments required for DNA sequencing, cloning and computing. CAS researchers are currently involved in over 20 molecular systematics projects, including Caribbean turtles and seahorses, Chinese melastomes, nudibranchs from the “Coral Triangle”, birds of New Guinea, spiders, beetles, barnacles from Madagascar and many other important projects.

The CCG Sequencing Lab

The 280-Core PhyloCluster


natural history collection

The Importance of Natural History Collections


Front Cover Hearst Publication

CAS Special Publication: The Coral Triangle - The 2011 Hearst Philippine Biodiversity Expedition


CCG adds six new Xserve nodes to the PhyloCluster.

The CCG PhyloCluster is now connected to the CABI NetApp Network File Server.

A new APC Smart-UPS RT 8000VA uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has been installed for PhyloCluster.

CCG PhyloCluster has been successfully upgraded from 88 cores to 184 cores with the addition of 12 Intel Xeon Nehalem processors.