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.

Assistant Project Scientist position available

August 21, 2017

The Genome Center at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for an Assistant Project Scientist position.

Working for Professor Richard Michelmore, this position will conduct wet lab and computational analyses of plant genomes, develop and apply advanced molecular protocols and computational analytical methods, and provide oversight in the management of ... Read more...

STEM profs receive $1M to retain nontraditional students

June 24, 2017

Marc Facciotti, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Genome Center, will be the PI of a new project to diversify the undergraduate STEM population at UC Davis, courtesy of a $1 million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute as part of their Inclusive Excellence initiative. Co-PIs include Annaliese Franz (Chemistry), Michel ... Read more...

Jonathan Eisen named Faculty Director of the UC Davis Microbiome Initiative

June 5, 2017

Genome Center Professor Jonathan Eisen has been named Faculty Director of the UC Davis Microbiome Initiative, a new “Special Research Program,” under the administration of the Office of Research.  The purpose of this program is to raise the profile of UC Davis Microbiome activities, establishing collaborative links with microbiome researchers at UC Davis and other ... Read more...

Seminar April 28th, Wendy Robinson, UBC Dept. of Medical Genetics

April 19, 2017


UC-Davis, Dovetail Genomics Approach Chromosome-Scale Assemblies for AgBio With Lettuce Genome

April 18, 2017

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers are tantalizingly close to achieving chromosome-scale genome assemblies for crop plants, thanks to recent work by researchers from the University of California, Davis, BGI, and Dovetail Genomics.

By combining in vivo and in vitro proximity ligation technologies, highly accurate and contiguous genomes could help accelerate more traditional, genetic-marker based crop breeding ... Read more...

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