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.

2016 David L. Weaver Lecture: 11 May, 3pm, GBSF 1005

April 28, 2016

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The David L. Weaver Endowed Lecture Series in Biophysics and Computational Biology is dedicated to the memory of David L. Weaver, a prominent biophysics researcher and professor at Tufts University.

About Dr. Weaver

Dr. Weaver made significant contributions to the understanding of protein folding. He was impressed with ... Read more...

New year, new genomes: GC and colleagues sequence bacteria from salt ponds and eelgrass meadows

February 25, 2016

Genome Center researchers Alexandara Alexiev, Guillame Jospin, Jenna Lang, Professor Jonathan Eisen, and David Coil, in collaboration with Megan Krusor of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, have published draft genome sequences of two strains of Pseudoalteromonas bacteria, isolated from root and leaf surfaces of the eelgrass Zostera marina.  This research, part of the ... Read more...

Global Plant Council recognizes GC report on chloroplast-nucleus interaction as one of 2015’s best

January 28, 2016

The Global Plant Council, an NGO representing over 50,000 plant and crop science experts on 5 continents, has recently published their 2015 Plant Science Round Up, selecting a paper by Professor Savithramma P. Dinesh-Kumar of the UC Davis Genome Center as one of the year’s most groundbreaking.

The Dinesh-Kumar lab, in collaboration with ... Read more...

GC collaboration with Italian group on artichoke genome bears fruit

January 25, 2016

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A team of researchers led by Sergio Lanteri of the University of Torino in Italy and Richard Michelmore of the University of California, Davis, has sequenced the genome of Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus, the globe artichoke, a diploid with 34 chromosomes and a genome size of ... Read more...

Genome Center bioinformatics script finds new life in study of gene silencing in stone fruit

January 19, 2016

Recently, researchers from Kyoto and Iwate Universities in Japan published a report of successful induction of virus-induced gene silencing in trees of seven Prunus species: almond, Armenian and Japanese apricot, cherry, peach, and European and Japanese plum. In this technique, a modified version of a plant’s own gene is expressed as part of a recombinant ... Read more...

Upcoming Talks and Events

Events on May 5, 2016
The Science for Mothers-to-Be
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: May 5, 2016 - 10:30 am
Location: Center for Child and Family Studies (CCFS), 244 1st Street, Room TB123, Davis, CA
Description: Special, free event for new, expecting, and prospective mothers. Pre-registration is required (please click on 'more details' and see attached flier), so make sure you RSVP! This event is sponsored by the Center for Children's Environmental Health and the UC Davis Genome Center.
Events on May 11, 2016
Weaver Lecture - Dr. Tom Blundell - Biophysics, Computational Biology and the Discovery of New Medicines: The Emergence of Resistance in Cancer and Tuberculosis
Starts: 3:00 pm
Ends: May 11, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Location: GBSF Auditorium, Room 1005
Description: University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry
Events on May 12, 2016
Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series - Dr. Martin Karplus - Motion: A Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: May 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm
Location: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
Description: Harvard University, Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus
Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry