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

Please see the news page for all news items relating to the Genome Center.

Professor Jonathan Eisen shares his thoughts on Google Scholar

October 27, 2014

Google Scholar

Jonathan Eisen photographed in his office in the Genome building.

Professor Jonathan Eisen appeared today as an invited contributor to the Google Scholar blog. He wrote on the topic of Using Google Scholar ... Read more...

Genome Center researchers involved in study which reveals novel genetic variants that may protect Latinas from breast cancer

October 24, 2014

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A new study, published in the journal Nature Communications, has identified a gene variant that is present in many Latina women, and which may help protect against breast cancer. The study involved contributions from Genome Center member, Assistant Professor Luis Carvajal-Carmona and ... Read more...

From coast to coast, the UC Davis Genome Center tops the charts when searching Google for ‘genome center’

October 20, 2014

Keith Bradnam, an Associate Project Scientist in the Korf Lab — disclaimer, I also manage this website — used this Google trick to change his search location in order to see how the UC Davis Genome Center fared when searching for ‘genome center’ across the country. When you tell Google that you are located in ... Read more...

The next Bioinformatics Core training workshop will be on ‘RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq Analysis with Galaxy’, December 16–19

October 13, 2014

Bioinformatics Core (center aligned)

Details are now available on the next workshop to be run by the Genome Center’s Bioinformatics Core. The workshop, which will be held between December 16–19 this year, will instruct participants in how to use Galaxy for analysis of RNA-Seq and ... Read more...

Video from Justin Siegel’s talk at ‘An Evening with the Genome Center’

October 8, 2014

Last Saturday (October 4th), the Genome Center reached out to the community and hosted another An Evening with the Genome Center event. This time, the event featured Assistant Professor Justin Siegel, who gave an engaging talk on the following subject:

A Winning Combination: Video Games + Science: A unique strategy for training the next generation of ... Read more...

Genome Center Talks & Events

Events on October 30, 2014
Genome Center's Annual Halloween Symposium
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: October 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Location: GBSF
Description: Featuring posters, contests, food, and the following distinguished speakers:

Bruce Draper
UC Davis, Molecular and Cellular Biology
9:10 am “Sexy Knockouts: Using Genome Editing Technologies to Study The Mechanisms of Sex Determination and Maintenance In Zebrafish”


Bruce Conklin
Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, UCSF
9:45 am “Precise Single-base Genome Engineering in Human iPS Cells to Model and Treat Disease”


David Segal
UC Davis, Genome Center
11:00am “Genome Engineering at the Dawn of the Golden Age”


Dana Carroll
University of Utah, Department of Biochemistry
11:30 am “Genome Engineering with Targetable Nucleases”

Flyer is available:
http://korflab.ucdavis.edu/~keith/GC_Halloween_symposium.pdf