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?
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...