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Discover Genomics

At Illumina, we’re on a mission to improve human health around the world by unlocking the power of the genome.

Genomics will change everything—from how we diagnose and treat cancer to how we feed the world’s population—and we know igniting genomic curiosity in students is a critical first step to achieving our mission.

By sharing our passion for genomics with future scientists, pioneers, and trailblazers, we believe we can make a difference in their lives today, so they can make a difference in others’ lives tomorrow.

The resources on this website will help you bring genomics into your classroom in dynamic and exciting ways to inspire the next generation—whether you’re an educator or a learner.

Discover Careers in Genomics

Did you know that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet?1

If you’re an educator looking to share more about career possibilities in genomics with your classroom, or a student wondering if a career in genomics is right for you, you’ve come to the right place.

With the help of our employees, we’ve created a series of career cards to highlight the diverse career opportunities in the field of genomics. These cards provide a snapshot of in-demand roles here at Illumina, including education requirements, average starting salary, and essential job skills.

We’ve also asked employees to give you the inside scoop on what their day-to-day looks like. Find out what they work on, who they work with, and just how varied the wide world of genomics really is.

Be sure to check back often. We’ll be adding more careers throughout the year.

Illumina Career Profile - Genetic CounselorLearn more about being a Genetic Counselor
Illumina Career Profile - Clinical Lab ScientistLearn more about being a Clinical Lab Scientist
Illumina Career Profile - Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning EngineerLearn more about being an A.I./Deep Learning Engineer
Illumina Career Profile - BioinformaticianLearn more about being a Bioinformatician
Illumina Career Profile - BioengineerLearn more about being a Bioengineer
Illumina Career Profile - Human Resources/Talent Acquisition SpecialistLearn more about being a H.R./Talent Acquisition Specialist
Illumina Career Profile - Territory Account ManagerLearn more about being a Territory Account Manager

General STEM Education Resources

Adventures in Genomics
Adventures in Genomics

Explore amazing genomic discoveries and meet the scientists behind the breakthroughs.

The Story of You: ENCODE and the Human Genome
The Story of You: ENCODE and the Human Genome

The Nature ENCODE Project created a DNA encyclopedia that shows how your genes make you unique.

What is a Gene?
What is a Gene?

A simple overview of genetics that explains what genes are and what they do.

What is CRISPR?
What is CRISPR?

A biologist explains the new gene editing technique at five different levels of difficulty.

Introduction to Sequencing by Synthesis
Introduction to Sequencing by Synthesis

Watch next-generation sequencing in action and learn how it works.

Crash Course: DNA Structure and Replication
Crash Course: DNA Structure and Replication

Discover what DNA is made of and how it replicates itself in the human body.

Life Science Overviews
Life Science Overviews

Introductions to important topics in biology, including cell culture, next-generation sequencing, and polymerase chain reaction.

Illumina Genomics Podcast
Illumina Genomics Podcast

Listen to interviews with leading scientists as they discuss how genomics is shaping the way we think about our world.

Illumina Video Hub
Illumina Video Hub

Find educational videos about how scientists are using our technology in new and creative ways.

NHGRI Activity Ideas
NHGRI Activity Ideas

Complete an activity to celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th.

Genomics Rap
Genomics Rap

Listen to our genomics rap in collaboration with the "Music Notes".

Genomics at Avocado Elementary
Genomics at Avocado Elementary

Watch our employees share about genomics through our Genomics 101 program.

STEM Education Resources for Teachers

Online Genomics Course
Online Genomics Course

This self-guided course will help you learn the basics of genomics and how it relates to human health.

STEM Curriculum for High School Students
STEM Curriculum for High School Students

These free lesson plans are designed to help teachers cover the basics of genetics in high school biology classes.

DNA and RNA Models
DNA and RNA Models

The MIT Edgerton Center offers LEGO® models to help you teach students about DNA and RNA.

STEM Curriculum: Discovering the Genome
STEM Curriculum: Discovering the Genome

This free curriculum includes videos, activities, and discussion questions to help students explore genomics.

Cancer Genetics Lesson Plans
Cancer Genetics Lesson Plans

Interactive lessons for high school students to learn about cancer development, diagnosis, risk, and family history.

Educator Resources from DNA Decoded
Educator Resources from DNA Decoded

Ready-to-go, standards-aligned tools to help your students crack the genomic code and apply it to real-world problems.

Careers in STEM Fields

The National Human Genome Research Institute
The National Human Genome Research Institute

Explore your favorite STEM fields, watch tours and interviews, and browse career profiles.

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Scientists and engineers talk about their professional lives and personal hobbies in these short videos.

Careers in Cancer Research
Careers in Cancer Research

Find information about careers in cancer research and clinical trials, patient counseling, and medicine.

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