Computational Genetics Laboratory (CGL)

CGLThe Computational Genetics Laboratory (CGL) is designed to meet the computational needs of the computational biology community, especially in the areas of genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, and systems biology. It provides Institute researchers with access to hardware, software, and technical support related to computational biology.

For bioinformatics analytical support  and descriptions of services, consult the RISS program description pages.


The CGL is located in 138 Cargill Microbial and Plant Genomics Building on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.


The lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via U Card access.

Getting an account

MSI's access request process is used to establish a research project at MSI and gain access to the laboratory's resources. If you are already have an MSI account you can activate Labs access via myMSI.

Getting access

To get physical access to the CGL, you need to have an active MSI lab account and an active U Card. Either bring your U Card to the MSI administrative office in 599 Walter any weekday between 8:00 and 4:00 to be verified, or send the following information to with the subject heading "U-Card Access to the CGL".  In the email  provide your full legal name, your student/staff ID number, your U Card number, your primary PI, the email you would like associated, and your phone number. It may take until the next business day for your U Card to be programmed. Once your U Card is programmed, you will have access to the Cargill Building and the CGL 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The lab provides Institute researchers with access to Linux, Windows, and Mac workstations along with the associated software. For a complete listing, visit the CGL Hardware webpage.

Tutorials and Other Services

The CGL hosts a number of MSI tutorials. Other non-MSI events include workshops coordinated by the Biomedical Genomics Center (BMGC) and the Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (MSP) at the University of Minnesota.