The Institute of Metagenomics Research

Metagenomics is also called environmental genomics, and its object of study is the sum of genetic materials of all microorganisms acquired directly from the environment. Metagenomic shotgun sequencing is another major technological breakthrough after invention of microscope in the field of microbiology and makes the direct study of microflora possible. Therefore, a plenty of "Dark matter" of microorganism can be found without isolation and culture, thereby greatly promoting the study of new microbiology including human intestinal microflora. Since participation in EU MetaHIT project as the only one non-EU unit in 2008, Beijing Genomics Institute is always committed to development of multi-omics technology taking metagenome as core and its application in human diseases and so on, and has acquired a series prominent achievements, including 19 CNS papers including the paper on the cover of Nature, applications of more than 70 patents and one detection service of intestinal flora of product developed for infant. 

The Metagenome Institute is committed to study of impact of human symbiotic microorganism to human health depending on the high-throughput sequencing platform and big data analysis platform of BGI-Shenzhen, including (1) relationship between flora structure of symbiotic microorganism of each part of human body and health, such as oral, genital tract and skin, particularly digestive tract; (2)contents relating to human intestinal microorganism and occurrence and development of chronic complex diseases, new health management and disease intervention means tried and found from the aspect -- "Diet - human symbiotic microorganism -metabolism of the host". Moreover, the Metagenome Institute also includes "Complex disease lab", "Translational application lab" ,"Precision nutrition lab","Precision nutrition lab"and "Environmental ecology lab”.

  • Anhui Medical University
  • State Key Lab of Quality Research in Traditional Chinese Medicine of Macau University of Science and Technology
  • Peking University People's Hospital
  • Peking Union Medical College Hospital
  • Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center
  • Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
  • The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • Institute for Nutritional Sciences, SIBS, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • The 307th Hospital of Military Chinese People's Liberation Army
  • Chinese PLA General Hospital
  • China-Japan Friendship Hospital
  • School of Life Sciences of,Sun Yat-sen University
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • French National Institute for Agricultural Research
  • University of Copenhagen
  • National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
  • Karolinska Institute
  • King's College London
  • Merck & Co,Inc.
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • World Data Center for Microorganisms
E-mail: BGI-Metagenomics@genomics.cn
Postcode: 518120
Address: China National Gene Bank, Jinsha Road, Dapeng New District, Shenzhen
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