Media Resources

The IGI is always happy to work with journalists to answer questions about our research and provide expert perspectives on advances and current news in genome editing

IGI researchers have a wide range of expertise, including CRISPR genome editing, delivery, diagnostics, applications of genome editing in human health, climate, and agriculture, as well as the ethics and public impact of genome editing technology. Please get in touch to arrange interviews, speaking opportunities, video shoots, or to check facts and get help developing stories.

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For general inquiries about IGI and our research:

Andy Murdock, IGI Communications Director

For Jennifer Doudna interviews, speaking, and appearances:

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IGI Facts

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IGI History

The IGI formed as the Innovative Genomics Initiative in 2014 through the Li Ka Shing Center for Genetic Engineering, which was created thanks to a generous donation from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, and officially launched at an event on February 4, 2015. Since the beginning, the IGI has been a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco.

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IGI Leadership

The Innovative Genomics Institute is led by a team of exceptional, forward-thinking scientists, including early CRISPR and genome engineering innovators. They draw on in-depth subject matter knowledge and wide-ranging research experience to guide the overall vision of the IGI and direct its new and ongoing programs.

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DNA is the instruction manual for life. It encodes the fundamental properties of an organism — how it develops, functions, and reproduces. Changing a DNA sequence in a living cell is known as "gene editing or "genome editing." For a long time, this was either impossible or extremely challenging. CRISPR has made this process much easier. Learn more about CRISPR and how it works on our "What is CRISPR?" page.

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Frequently Asked Question

Answers to common questions about CRISPR, genome editing, the IGI, and more.


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Photos and Illustrations

Commonly used photos and illustrations are available to download here. For use outside of IGI, photos must be accompanied by an attribution as specified in the download. If there is no specification, please attribute the photo to "Innovative Genomics Institute, UC Berkeley."

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Jennifer Doudna Photos
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Portrait of Brad Ringeisen
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Portrait of Mike Botchan
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Portrait of Jill Banfield
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Portrait of Alex Marson
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Portrait of Brian Staskawicz
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Portrait of Fyodor Urnov
Photos of Melinda Kliegman
Photos of Melinda Kliegman
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Portrait of Petros Giannikopoulos
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Cas9 Illustration
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