LifeScanner is a research translation project that spun out of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (University of Guelph) with a simple focus - improve access to biodiversity knowledge through DNA and improve access to DNA sequencing technology. We have an interdisciplinary team of energetic people that are passionate about making a positive impact on society.


Sujeevan Ratnasingham Principal Investigator

Sujeevan Ratnasingham is one of the founding researchers of the DNA barcoding technology and has led the development of the novel software and bioinformatics tools that enables scientists, students and citizen scientists worldwide to catalogue and identify animal, plant, and fungal species.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph, Associate Director(Informatics) of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, and Chair of the Informatics Working Group of the International Barcode of Life Project. His interest in bringing DNA Barcoding technology to the general public spurred the development of an integrative solution, which became LifeScanner.

  • Megan is a productivity guru slash project manager slash data geek. She lives for problem solving and discovering.

Megan Milton
Operations Lead

  • A biologist focused on marine evolutionary genomics, Kara has been tackling a broad range of marine life from North America's to Antarctica's waters.

Kara Layton
Science Advisor

  • Flexibility and agility makes for a good programmer, and Jireh knows how to flex it like the best of them!

Jireh Agda

  • With experience spanning from forensics to citizen science projects, and single sample to high throughput sequencing, you may say her speciality is this: providing answers to the curious.

Janet Topan
DNA Sequencing Partner