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.

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...

DNA Technologies and Expression Analysis Cores News Bulletin: September 2014

October 5, 2014

New Recharge Rates

The recharge rates at our Core Labs have stayed unchanged for the last three years while reagent prices have increased annually. Thus, we have to adjust the rates to be able to continue offering at–cost sequencing services. Details of the the new rates — which went into effect on October 1st — are ... Read more...

C. Titus Brown is recipient of new Data-Driven Discovery Award from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

October 2, 2014



C. Titus Brown is one of 14 researchers who have been selected for the new Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery award. These awards are part of a $60 million, five-year Data-Driven Discovery Initiative within the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Science Program. Titus’s talk and proposal regarding ... Read more...

Beautiful images of Arabidopsis made freely available by Alex Kozik and the Comai Lab

September 26, 2014

The photographic talents of Alex Kozik and the supply of many Arabidopsis plants from the Comai Lab have combined to produce a set of beautiful macro photos that they have generously made freely available to anyone. A few samples are shown below, but you can see all of the many other amazing images on ... Read more...

Genome Center Talks & Events

  • October 20, 2014
    • Dr. Charlie Gersbach — Editing the Human Genome and Epigenome with the CRISPR/Cas9 System to Correct Genetic Disease and Program Cell Phenotype
      Starts: 10:00 am
      Ends: October 20, 2014 - 11:00 am
      Location: GBSF 1005
      Description: Dr. Gersbach (Duke University) is a leader in genome engineering. He is the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Young Investigator Award by the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), largely for this work with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
  • October 22, 2014
  • October 30, 2014
    • Genome Center's Annual Halloween Symposium
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: October 31, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: GBSF
      Description: Featuring exciting speakers, posters, contests, and food.
  • December 16, 2014
  • February 2, 2015
    • West Coast Metabolomics Center Course: Hands-on LC-MS Data processing and Statistics
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: February 7, 2015 - 12:00 am
      Description: This course will feature hands-on training with real-world metabolomics data covering LC/MS compound identification, data processing, statistical analysis, network mapping and data interpretation. The WCMC will provide laptops for all participants and utilize open source software where possible.

      Registration: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=13398