Our Mission

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More than 2,200 employees are working toward one goal: To discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.

Mission statement

To discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. 

Founded in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 employees who are passionate about our mission.

The Laboratory is a world leader in mammalian genetics and human genomics and is developing scientific breakthroughs and improved therapies with ever-greater precision and speed. We also educate current and future scientists and provide critical resources, data, tools, and services to researchers worldwide.

JAX has its mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine including a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center; a genomic medicine facility in Farmington, Conn. enabling translation of fundamental research into the clinic; and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine and Sacramento, Calif.


Accelerating discovery through world-class research

The Jackson Laboratory has more than 65principal investigators who come together from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise to advance mammalian genetics and human genomics research in agingbehavioral disorders, bioinformaticscancer, complex traitsdevelopmental disordersdiabetes and obesityeye research, genetics and genomicsimmune disorders, infectious diseasesneurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseasesreproductive disorders, resource development, and skin disease.

Education and learning

From high school summer programs to graduate and postdoctoral training to conferences that further the education of practicing scientists and professionals, The Jackson Laboratory advances science and improves health through our commitment to education.


JAX® Mice, Clinical & Research Services

The Jackson Laboratory is a global resource for developing, distributing and analyzing innovative models of human disease. It offers an array of model creation, husbandry and diagnostic and analytic services, ranging from custom breeding and strain preservation to drug efficacy studies and genome sequencing, all focused on empowering basic scientific research and drug discovery.