The Collaborative Conservation Genetics Laboratory is a global leader in conservation genomics.

Fully equipped for sample processing, extraction, and library prep, the Collaborative Conservation Genetics Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has established workflows and documented success in delivering timely, accurate biodiversity assessments using samples from water, air, and land. Our staff and scientists have extensive field and lab experience in all eDNA applications. Crucially, the Illinois Natural History Survey is home to world-class taxonomic experts in all major taxonomic groups. This expertise allows us to associate authoritatively the DNA sequences we collect with the plants, animals, microbes, etc. they arise from, some of which may not yet be known to science. 

Further, the University of Illinois sits at the cutting edge of modern genomics and offers unique, critical resources that fuel the lab’s innovation in eDNA biodiversity monitoring.