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.

Registration open for December ‘UCSC Genome Browser’ training workshop

September 1, 2015

Bioinformatics Core (center aligned)

The Bioinformatics Core are co-producing a training workshop in association with the Data Intensive Biology Training Program of C. Titus Brown. The two day workshop will cover training of the UC Santa Cruz Genome Browser tool and will run on December ... Read more...

New paper helps unlock the mysteries of the mammalian placental epigenome

August 4, 2015

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A new paper featuring the work of Professor Janine LaSalle and Dr. Diane Schroeder from the Genome Center was published today in the journal PLOS Genetics. The paper, which features contributions ... Read more...

The Sacramento Bee reports on the crowdsourced nature of the ‘Kittybiome’ project

July 29, 2015


Dr. Holly Ganz is a Project Scientist in Professor Jonathan Eisen’s lab. Her work involves studying the ecology and evolution of microbial communities and how microbes interact with their hosts, and she has a particular focus on the microbiome of cats. In addition to working on the ... Read more...

Genome Center Director features in ‘Talking Biotech’ podcast

July 29, 2015

Talking Biotech podcast

Professor Richard Michelmore, the Director of the Genome Center features in the latest episode of Kevin Folta’s Talking Biotech podcast. In the podcast, Professor Michelmore talks about lettuce history, genetics, genomics and breeding. The podcast can be subscribed to in iTunes or listened to ... Read more...

Work by Genome Center scientists featured in latest issue of Developmental Cell journal

July 9, 2015

The latest issue of the journal Developmental Cell features a cover image taken from the work of scientists at UC Davis and the University of Delaware. The paper by Jeffrey Caplan et al. that appears in this issue concerns the role that chloroplasts play in plant defense responses that are triggered by bacteria and viruses. The cover image depicts how projections ... Read more...

Upcoming Talks and Events

Events on October 7, 2015
Seminar — David Segal — The Prospect of Molecular Therapy for Neurologic Disease
Starts: 12:00 pm
Ends: October 7, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Location: Med Ed building, room 2222
Description: Part of the Human Genomics Seminar Series
Events on November 4, 2015
Seminar — Joseph Shieh — Undiagnosed Diseases and Genomic Variant Interpretation
Starts: 12:00 pm
Ends: November 4, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Location: CHT, room 1341
Description: Part of the Human Genomics Seminar Series
Events on December 2, 2015
Seminar — Megan Dennis — Role of Genomic Duplications in Human Evolution & Disease
Starts: 12:00 pm
Ends: December 2, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Location: CHT room 1341
Description: Part of the Human Genomics Seminar Series