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The Comparative Genomics Centre (CGC) is a research centre at James Cook University, originally founded in 2003. At foundation, the overall aim of the CGC was to use a variety of genetic models, including staghorn coral, fruit fly and mice, to study human disease from an evolutionary perspective. The research performed in the Centre enhances our understanding of the processes involved in cancer, birth defects, immune compromised states and autoimmune disease. As the Centre has grown, it has become a focus of resources and expertise in genetics for the University and the region. The member laboratories now cover a much broader range of applications of genetics and genomics, including the science of coral reef management and biotechnological applications.  Its member laboratories now span three Schools in two Faculties.


2015 Comparative Genomics Centre Video Competition






- click here to entry details


Deadlines for Scholarship Applications
Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships for 2015 have closed. Applications for 2016 will open soon.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
These scholarships provide scholarships and stipends to cover fees and living costs for international students to study at the CGC. As these applications require evidence of language proficiency, it is best to start enquiries early - see application details and phone a Laboratory Head today.

JCU International Research Scholarship will close 31 August 2015 - click here for further information


Australian Postgraduate Awards
These scholarships are awarded to Australian permanent  residents/citizens to support  research training. Early planning is critical to a successful application. Laboratory Heads are happy to discuss available projects.
JCU Research Scholarships for Australian Nationals will close 31 August 2015 - click here for further information

For more information
Graduate Research School


A number of short term (up to six months) positions are available for people on Working Holiday Visas who have a scientific background to work and train within laboratories of the Comparative Genomics Centre. Please contact  Alan Baxter if interested.


Over the 2013-2014 Summer vacation, the CGC will fund up to six studentships for undergraduate students studying relevant majors, to work in the research laboratories of the Centre for six weeks or more. Click here for further details.
To download a poster promoting the CGC Summer Studentships, Click here.


Facilities of the Comparative Genomics Centre


Nature Biotechnology - AOP - science feeds

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