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.

Keith Bradnam interviewed by Front Line Genomics Magazine

June 26, 2015

Front Line Genomics

The most recent issue of Front Line Genomics magazine features an extensive interview with Keith Bradnam, an Associate Project Scientist in the Korf Lab. The interview by Carl Smith, available online, covers Keith’s career in bioinformatics and his thoughts on science communication among ... Read more...

Genome Center Director featured in KVIE documentary about Precision Medicine and Genomics (airing: June 24th)

June 23, 2015



On Wednesday June 24th, KVIE channel 6 aired a Viewfinder documentary titled A Path to Healing: Genomics and Disease Prevention. This documentary included commentary from many notable scientists at UC Davis, including Professor Richard Michelmore, Director of the Genome Center. The program examines how genomics technologies are ... Read more...

Genome Center faculty, Justin Siegel, to become interim director of Innovation Institute for Food and Health

June 23, 2015

Assistant Professor Justin Siegel has been named as interim faculty director of the new Innovation Institute for Food and Health. This new institute, announced last September, will be a partnership between UC Davis and Mars Inc. You can read more details via the UC Davis News site:


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...

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