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.

Professor Pam Ronald to speak at Davis Science Café on December 10th

December 5, 2014





On December 10th, the Genome Center’s Professor Pam Ronald will be speaking at the Davis Science Café on the subject of Organic Farming, genetics, and the future of food. You can find out more about this event, and about other events organized by the Davis Science Café on ... Read more...

Join in the celebrations of the iGEM winning team from UC Davis

December 3, 2014

This Friday the Genome Center and Olive Center will be holding an awards ceremony to celebrate the UC Davis team of students that won this year’s iGEM competition.  At the ceremony you will get to hear from the talented students who will talk about their award-winning work. Event details are as follows:

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Genome Center hosts joint UC Davis/LLNL Data Science Symposium on December 3rd

November 25, 2014

Exploring Collaborations in the Data Sciences

As part of the UC Davis Data Sciences Initiative, there will be a special Data Science Symposium held at the Genome Center on December 3rd. This Symposium is a partnership between UC Davis and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and was organized by the Data Sciences Initiative and the ... Read more...

Jonathan Eisen featured in interview about microbiomes on the TED ideas blog

November 24, 2014

ted ideas blogProfessor Jonathan Eisen, along with scientists Rob Knight and Jessica Green, were interviewed by Brooke Borel for the TED ideas blog:

Jonathan,  who studies the ecology and evolution of microbial communities, ... Read more...

Genome Center scientists sequence genomes of 59 salt-loving organisms to help our understanding of osmoadaptation

November 13, 2014

facciotti_paper.001A new paper published today in PLOS Genetics showcases the work of many people from the Genome Center (names in bold below indicate Genome Center personnel):

Phylogenetically Driven Sequencing of Extremely Halophilic Archaea Reveals Strategies for Static and Dynamic Osmo-response

Erin A. Becker, ...

  • : Dr Pam asks the Davis Science Café crowd: What does GMO mean anyways? ,
  • The Tree of Life: Talk for UC Davis Pre-Health Meeting (#UCDPHSA): Opening up to Diversity ,
  • RT : Career milestone: today I received notice that I will be an Associate Professor (i.e. with tenure) at UC Davis, as of January 5th. w00t!,
  • The microbes we eat: abundance and taxonomy of microbes consumed in a day’s worth of meals for three diet types ,

Upcoming Talks and Events

Events on December 16, 2014
Bioinformatics Core Training Workshop — RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq Analysis with Galaxy
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: December 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
Events on February 2, 2015
West Coast Metabolomics Center Course: Hands-on LC-MS Data processing and Statistics
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: February 7, 2015 - 12:00 am
Description: This course will feature hands-on training with real-world metabolomics data covering LC/MS compound identification, data processing, statistical analysis, network mapping and data interpretation. The WCMC will provide laptops for all participants and utilize open source software where possible.

Registration: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=13398