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.

Pam Ronald profiled by National Geographic

May 6, 2015


Professor Pam Ronald has been featured in an extensive article on the National Geographic website. The article by Jeremy Berlin discusses her current work as well as her career to date:

Can This Scientist Unite Genetic Engineers and Organic Farmers?

Pamela Ronald isolates genes in rice that ...

Video from Stephen Quake’s lecture on Single Cell Genomics is now available

May 5, 2015

Professor Stephen Quake recently spoke as part of the annual series of David L. Weaver Endowed Lectures. Video of his talk is now available and is included below. His talk focused on the topic of ‘Single Cell Genomics':

Methods for genomic analysis at single-cell resolution enable new understanding of complex biological phenomena. Single-cell techniques, ranging from ... Read more...

Video: Professor Pam Ronald’s TED talk on plant disease resistance is now available

May 4, 2015

Professor Pam Ronald’s recent talk from this year’s TED conference has now been made available and is included below. The title of Pam’s talk is: The case for engineering our food.



‘Getting Bioinformatics Done with Galaxy': a free BGI @ UC Davis workshop presented by Bioinformatics Core

April 28, 2015

Bioinformatics Core (center aligned)

As part of the BGI @ UC Davis workshop series, the Genome Center’s Bioinformatics Core facility is holding a workshop that will teach attendees how to use the popular Galaxy web platform to perform some common bioinformatics tasks. Full details are ... Read more...

Updates from the DNA Technologies and Expression Analysis Cores

April 14, 2015

The following announcements are taken from the April Newsletter from the DNA Technologies and Expression Analysis Core Facilities. Read the newsletter for full details.

Latest Generation Illumina HiSeq 3000 Sequencer now available

The Genome Center has acquired a HiSeq 3000 sequencer that provides faster sequencing at significantly reduced per-base-costs. The new sequencer is already delivered and will ... Read more...

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