The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) was established in the year 2003. The university is dedicated to transformative research in Agriculture, Human Health, the Environment, and Energy Use and Production. Its research includes program areas in systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering and genome technology. The mission of the university is to advance life sciences research and stimulate bio economic development in the state of Illinois in a number of ways, including pioneering research in bioenergy, critical climate change studies, and promising work in regenerative medicine, drug development, and understanding cancer at the cellular level. Research within the university focuses on significant problems facing humanity, such as treating chronic human diseases, managing new and emerging pests and pathogens, and maintaining an abundant and healthy food supply. IGB explores the ethical, legal, and social issues arising from the genomic research. IGB hosts graduate-level classes in topics relating to physics, molecular-chemical biology, natural resources and crop sciences. Students at the university receive wet lab experience in a class setting and gain hands-on experience in modern scientific techniques and bioinformatics lab provides training in a wide variety of fields.