Welcome to the Genome Center

Established in 2003, the UC Davis Genome Center uses state-of-art-technologies to understand how the heritable genetic information of diverse organisms function in health and disease. The combination of cutting-edge research facilities, diverse service cores, and talented staff make the Genome Center a world class facility for genomics research and training.

Research that makes a difference

A sample of questions being addressed by the UC Davis Genome Center faculty and their collaborators:

  • How do variations in the human genome affect the risks of diseases such as cancer, coronary artery disease, and autism?
  • Do infection, diet, or stress serve as environmental triggers of Type 1 diabetes?
  • What novel, useful organisms will be discovered by sequencing microbes from extreme environments?
  • Can characterization of the small chemicals in algae lead to new biofuels?
  • How can we control diseases of important food crops?
  • How can plants be modified to increase their productivity and quality?
  • What changes can we make to proteins to enhance their performance?
  • Can we model and predict life’s basic processes?
  • How can we glean useful information from vast datasets?

News highlights

Here are just some of the recent highlights involving people and projects at the Genome Center Please see the news page for a full list of all news items.

Davis researchers characterize gut consortia in young pigs with support from GC sequencing core

November 20, 2015

Recent advances in sequencing technology have enabled the identification of microbial species in the gut with great accuracy. Many of these studies have been conducted in mouse, but now researchers from the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science and Technology have cast their analytic gaze into the intestines of young pigs, ... Read more...

Social Media Success: 4 of the top 100 life-sciences influencers on twitter work are Genome Center members

November 5, 2015


Avacta Life Sciences have compiled a leaderboard of the Top 100 Twitter Influencers Working in the Life Sciences. In the first published version of this list, it is noticeable that UC Davis is represented by 7 scientists, several of whom are members of the Genome Center, ... Read more...

Genome Center researchers discover that hungry algae make different oils

November 2, 2015

In a paper published 15 Sep in PLOS ONE, Metabolomics Core director Professor Oliver Fiehn and colleagues describe how the single-celled algae Chlamydymonas reinhardtii modifies its lipid output in response to nutrient starvation.

C. reinhardtii, a model organism for the production of algal biofuels, is known to make more oil when subjected to abiotic stress. ... Read more...

Associate Professor Siobhan Brady featured in ‘Women in Plant Science’ interview

October 15, 2015

The global plant council


To mark Ada Lovelace Day, the Global Plant Council conducted a series of interviews with notable women from the field of plant science. One of those interviewees was Genome Center Faculty Siobhan Brady. The primary research interest of the Brady Lab concerns ... Read more...

Michelmore lab awarded USDA grant for improving the production of lettuce

October 15, 2015


michelmore lab

The Michelmore lab, led by Genome Center Director Richard Michelmore, are part of a group that have been awarded a $4.5 million grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (part of the USDA) ... Read more...

Upcoming Talks and Events

Events on December 2, 2015
Seminar — Megan Dennis — Role of Genomic Duplications in Human Evolution & Disease
Starts: 12:00 pm
Ends: December 2, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Location: CHT room 1341
Description: Part of the Human Genomics Seminar Series