The mission of the Center for Genomics & Systems Biology is to define how regulatory networks operate and how they have evolved to generate diversity across species. For this work, the research encompasses systems biology, comparative functional genomics & bioinformatic analysis, involving the combined skills of genomicists, bioinformaticians, systematists, and evolutionary biologists all working together. The intellectual synergisms brought about by this collaborative genomic consortium group, enables the development of unique approaches to address questions of comparative functional genomics.