OUR MISSION

Ocean Genome Legacy is a nonprofit, marine research organization and biological specimen repository dedicated to exploring and preserving the wealth of information contained in the DNA of marine organisms.

Our mission is to acquire, authenticate, study, preserve, develop, and distribute genetic materials, biological specimens, information, technology, and standards needed to advance basic and applied non-commercial research.
By providing secure storage and broad public access to genomic materials and a forum for sharing samples, data, and ideas, OGL aims to serve as a catalyst for research that can help to protect marine ecosystems and improve the human condition.

ABOUT OUR COLLECTION

 

OGL’s collection contains DNA and tissue samples from diverse marine and aquatic organisms and are stored in our secure, state-of-the-art facility in Nahant, Massachusetts.  OGL accelerates scientific discovery and improves research efficiency by:
Preserving valuable biological materials for the benefit of the broader scientific community.
Establishing collection and archival practices that meet the highest technical, legal, and ethical standards.
Creating a forum for sharing materials and metadata worldwide.
Developing new applications for DNA extraction and procedures for assessing its quality.

WITH THE HELP OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS, OGL’S COLLECTION CONTAINS:

DNA Samples

Marine Families

Identified Species

Map of OGL specimen origins

Locations where specimens have been collected for OGL (yellow dots)

OGL DISTRIBUTES GENOMIC DNA SAMPLES TO RESEARCHERS ACROSS A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES AROUND THE WORLD:

Total Distributions

# of Countries

OGL IMPACTS

Example publication featuring OGL samples:
Filipe Pereira, Sara Duarte-Pereira, Raquel M. Silva, Luís Teixeira da Costa, and Isabel Pereira-Castro (2016). Evolution of the NET (NocA, Nlz, Elbow, TLP-1) protein family in metazoans: insights from expression data and phylogenetic analysis. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 38383.

 

Black coral preservation project:
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded OGL a grant to build a reference DNA collection of black corals. OGL’s collection of legally obtained, well-documented black coral DNA samples will help scientists and law enforcement identify unknown samples for conservation purposes as well as basic research.
The Philippine Mollusk Symbiont ICBG (PMS ICBG) project:
A project that links a biodiversity survey of marine mollusks in one of the world’s hotspots of diversity, with enzyme and drug discovery aimed at bacterial symbionts of mollusks.  OGL will be responsible for archiving appropriate tissue samples and bacterial isolates for public access.

THE OGL TEAM

Dan Distel, PhD
Director and Research Professor
781.581.7370, ext.339
d.distel@northeastern.edu

Collections Manager
781.581.7370 ext. 343
oglinfo@northeastern.edu

Ann Evankow, MS
Collections Associate
781.581.7370 ext. 343
a.evankow@northeastern.edu

Reuben Shipway, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
781.581.7370, ext. 309
j.shipway@northeastern.edu

David Stein, MS
Research Technician
781.581.7370, ext. 343
d.stein@northeastern.edu

Kerste Milik
Collections Assistant Co-op
781.581.7370, ext. 343
milik.k@husky.neu.edu

Dr. John A.H. Benzie
University College Cork

Dr. Rita R. Colwell
University of Maryland

Dr. Donald G. Comb
New England Biolabs, Inc.

James Ellard (Secretary)
New England Biolabs, Inc.

Dr. Philip Goelet
Red Abbey Venture Partners

Carol L. Horvitz, JD, MPH
Joslin Diabetes Center

Dr. Solomon H. Katz
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Richard J. Roberts (Chairman/President)
New England Biolabs

Dr. Wolfgang E. Sterrer
Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum & Zoo

Our Contributors and Collaborators

We thank the following organizations for their contributions to OGL and their research use of OGL materials:

Academic Institutions:

Research Institutions:

Organizations:

Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums: