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.

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...

Genome Center metabolomics lab combines new, old technologies for red wine comparison

January 11, 2016

By now, there is a broad consensus that moderate consumption of red wine offers numerous health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease. However, other studies indicate that red wine has no effect, is no more beneficial than grape juice, or that other types of alcohol are equally heart healthy. A ... Read more...

Genome Center cancer lab and international collaborators clarify the importance of a rare genetic variant in thyroid cancer

January 1, 2016

First author Dr. Ruta Sahasrabudhe and last author Assistant Professor Luis Carvajal-Carmona, along with colleagues from Colombia and England, have published a study showing no connection between a mutant version of a gene involved in blood clotting and familial non-medullary thyroid cancer (NMTC), in refutation of an earlier study published in the New England ... Read more...

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