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.

Fall Bioinformatics Seminars and Workshops

October 16, 2017

For more information, and to register, go to https://registration.genomecenter.ucdavis.edu/


So you want to do a Single Cell RNA-Seq Experiment

When:  Monday, November 6, 2017 1pm – 3pm

Where:  GBSF Auditorium


This FREE workshop is intended for those who are interested in and ... Read more...

Brave New Medicine: How an Enzyme Created with Synthetic DNA May Enable the First Treatment for Celiac Disease

September 25, 2017

The way Justin Siegel describes it, ordering synthetic DNA online is almost as easy as ordering a pair of shoes from Zappos. “You just type it in — or if the protein has been sequenced at one point, we can copy and paste — order it, and it shows up five days later.”

Siegel is an ...

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


  • RT : I've always wondered what the difference was between APEX2 and BioID. This does a good job of explaining it. ,
  • RT : Africans, Latin Americans, and native or indigenous people—are hugely underrepresented in genomics research. ,
  • “Fall Bioinformatics Seminars and Workshops” 6 Nov: Single Cell RNA-seq 28 Nov: Differential Gene Expression… ,
  • Transcriptome profiling in mesquite reveals upregulation of terpene synthases in response to drought and salt stress ,

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