The Arizona Genomics Institute (AGI) was formed in 2002 when Dr. Rod Wing joined the School of Plant Sciences at University of Arizona. The primary focus of AGI is in the area of structural, evolutionary and functional genomics of crop plants. AGI is divided into 5 Centers each lead by a Center Leader and a senior Manager (BAC Library Construction Center, BAC/EST Resource Center, Sequencing & Physical Mapping Center [including: production sequencing and fingerprinting, and sequence finishing], Bioinformatics Center and the Evolutionary and Functional Genomics Center. AGI is housed in the state of the art Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building on the northeast part of campus near the Medical School. AGI currently employees about 30 scientists and is primarily funded through federal grants, private contracts, and the Bud Antle Endowed Chair in Plant Molecular Genetics.