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.

In memoriam: Sharon Gray 1985-2016

October 10, 2016

Sharon Gray was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in my lab at UC Davis for the past 3 years. We had just started a project where we were co-investigators in a project with the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) as principal investigator and which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Our ... Read more...

GC prof awarded $1.5M Howard Hughes grant

September 28, 2016

Siobhan Brady, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology and the Genome Center, was recently named as one of 84 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholars for 2016. As described by HHMI, ‘Faculty Scholars are early career researchers with impressive accomplishments who have strong potential to make groundbreaking contributions.’ The award, jointly announced ... Read more...

GC researcher wins MCIP travel award

September 20, 2016

nicoleNicole Coggins, a PhD student in the labs of David Segal and Luis Carvajal-Carmona, has been awarded the 2016 Barbara Horwitz & John Horowitz Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Award. She will use the $1800 travel grant to visit Peggy Farnham’s lab at the University of Southern ... Read more...

Seminar: “Beta-adrenergic receptor resensitization – an unsuspecting player in pathology”

August 12, 2016

The Department of Pharmacology Proudly Present the Seminar Series: Frontiers in Pharmacology

 “Beta-adrenergic receptor resensitization – an unsuspecting player in pathology”

 Of the estimated 200 G-protein coupled receptors in the heart, beta adrenergic receptors (βARs) are considered one of the most powerful regulators of cardiac function and the most common ... Read more...

Genome Center scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

July 26, 2016

The state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), today approved a $1.1 million grant to UC Davis for research aimed at developing a treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare, neurogenetic autism-spectrum disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births.

Because Angelman syndrome is caused by a maternal gene that is turned ... Read more...

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