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 molecules 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.

Feeding the Future

March 12, 2018


A Shifting Environment

Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, wildfires are blazing and droughts are intensifying. Our earth is in an alarming state of flux. For food producers, these climatic shifts could prove devastating.

“Modern crop varieties are usually bred to a particular latitude and longitude as ... Read more...

TechAccel Initiates Protein Engineering Project with UC Davis to Improve Wheat Yield

March 10, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO, and DAVIS, CA – February 22, 2018–TechAccel LLC, a Kansas City-based technology and venture development company, today announced it has initiated a protein engineering research project with The Siegel Lab in the Genome Center of the University of California, Davis.

The project will determine if specific mutations in a wheat enzyme can produce ... Read more...

2018 David L. Weaver Lecture: Wednesday April 25th, 3pm, GBSF 1005

March 6, 2018


The David L. Weaver Endowed Lecture Series in Biophysics and Computational Biology is dedicated to the memory of David L. Weaver, a prominent biophysics researcher and professor at Tufts University.

About Dr. Weaver

Dr. Weaver made significant contributions to the understanding of protein folding. He was impressed with ... Read more...

Dennis Lab seeks Junior Specialist

March 1, 2018

The Genome Center at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for a Junior Specialist position.

 Working for Professor Megan Dennis, this position will focus on the generation and characterizing of zebrafish carrying genetic mutations of gene orthologs implicated in human neurodevelopmental disorders.  Candidates should ... Read more...

Job Posting: Assistant Project Scientist, Proteomics

February 21, 2018

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

This position is expected to work independently, making significant and creative contributions to collaborative research and method development in collaboration with the Director and clients of the Genome Center’s Proteomics Core Facility. Collaborators may include UC ... Read more...

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