Microbiomes, Microbial Genomics, and Environmental Genomics

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The McGill Genome Centre is partnering with the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) and the Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics (C3G) to empower research in human and environmental health.

We now support a wide range of microbial genomics applications including:

Pathogen Sequencing

  • Culturing
  • DNA extractions
  • Draft genome sequencing and assembly
  • Full genome sequencing and assembly
  • Transcriptome sequencing


  • Multiple species culturing, isolation, and identification
  • Microbome DNA extractions
    • 16S survey sequencing (standard primers)
    • 16S survey sequencing (custom primers)
    • Short-read, high capacity whole genome shotgun sequencing (Illumina, BGI)
    • Long-read whole genome shotgun sequencing and multiple genome assembly (Oxford Nanopore, PacBio)
    • Gnotobioitic mouse animal models
  • Transcriptome sequencing

Bioinformatics support

  • Consultation and experimental design
  • Data processing
  • Data analysis

Our microbial genomics leadership team includes:

  • Pierre Lepage PhD, Antoine Paccard PhD:  McGill Genome Centre
  • Ken Dewar PhD, Benoit Cousineau PhD, Jesse Shapiro PhD, Irah King PhD:  MI4 Microbiome Research Centre
  • Emmanuel Gonzalez PhD, Guillaume Bourque PhD:  C3G

For further information and questions, please contact us at microbiome.genome@mcgill.ca.