Wellcome Sanger Institute


Our Vision

Sanger Institute, Genome Research Limited
Wellcome Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leader in genome research that delivers insights into human, evolutionary and pathogen biology.

In order to achieve our vision and deliver on our mission to “apply and explore genomic technologies at scale to advance understanding of biology and improve health”, we commit to:

  • Conducting Faculty-driven genomic science, making discoveries not easily made elsewhere.
  • Employing our unique scale and operations to deliver cutting-edge data generation and analysis.
  • Utilising our capabilities to take on translational challenges.
  • Strategically deploying our Wellcome core funding to enable long-term thinking and the ability to take scientific risks.
  • Providing world-class training to scientists and specialists in genomic research.
  • Collaborating, leading, convening and engaging globally.

Our research aims to change how the world thinks about biology and human health. Fundamental discovery research constitutes most of GRL’s activity and is evaluated using both quantitative and qualitative impact indices. We assess our impact through evaluating six areas of organisational activity. These do not capture every element of work carried out within GRL, but they represent key areas for evaluating our work against the Institute’s mission and articulate the underpinning themes of the organisational strategy.

  • Bibliometric analysis of research publications
  • Narratives of research
  • Data resources generated
  • Incubating future leaders in genome research
  • Spinout organisations
  • Knowledge exchange

Sanger Institute Highlights 2023-24

In the Wellcome Sanger Institute Highlights document for 2023/24 we showcase the key discoveries and future research interests of our Scientific Programmes, each exploring a major area of research with a particular biological, disease or analytic focus. The studies provide vital insights into human, parasite and microbe evolution, cellular growth and activity, and the processes that underlie mutation and tumour formation. In addition, the Sanger Institute’s Tree of Life Programme explores the diversity of complex life.

The Wellcome Sanger Institute Highlights document also explores how the Sanger Institute promotes, supports and disseminates genomic knowledge and practices to benefit academic research, medical practice and society.

Sanger Institute Highlights documents

Please click on the images below to download our annual highlights.