This page lists a summary of the ten most recent news stories that concern the UC Davis Genome Center. Click on the title of each news item or on the ‘Read more…’ links that follow to see the full story. A feed with all news stories is also available.

Career opportunity for tenure-track faculty position at Comprehensive Cancer Center and Genome Center

October 23, 2014

The UC Davis Genome Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and College of Biological Sciences invite applications for a tenure- track faculty position at the intersection of human cancer genetics and bioinformatics. Applicants interested in computational approaches to cancer who employ large-scale, data-driven methods that complement existing strengths at UC Davis are particularly encouraged ... Read more...

Career opportunity for tenure-track faculty position at MIND Institute and Genome Center

October 23, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute, School of Medicine, and the Genome Center invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate level in the area of human genetics and genomics. Applicants interested in genomic approaches to autism or related disorders who employ large-scale, technology-driven ... Read more...

Details available for the Genome Center Halloween Symposium

October 23, 2014

Featuring posters, contests, food, and the following distinguished speakers:

Bruce Draper

UC Davis, Molecular and Cellular Biology
9:10 am “Sexy Knockouts: Using Genome Editing Technologies to Study The Mechanisms of Sex Determination and Maintenance In Zebrafish”

Bruce Conklin

Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, UCSF
9:45 am “Precise Single-base Genome Engineering in ...

From coast to coast, the UC Davis Genome Center tops the charts when searching Google for ‘genome center’

October 20, 2014

Keith Bradnam, an Associate Project Scientist in the Korf Lab — disclaimer, I also manage this website — used this Google trick to change his search location in order to see how the UC Davis Genome Center fared when searching for ‘genome center’ across the country. When you tell Google that you are located in ... Read more...

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...

10 things you may not know about the new Genome Center website

September 25, 2014

GC web update

The new website has been up and running for about six weeks now. Time for a quick update:

  1. We’ve had nearly 7,000 hits from 66 different countries
  2. In the contiguous 48 states, we’ve had visits from everywhere except North Dakota, New Hampshire, and Vermont
  3. The People ...




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Upcoming Talks and Events

Events on October 23, 2014
Paul Kirk — Bayesian Inference for tumor heterogeneity using the Hamming Ball Sampler
Starts: 2:00 pm
Ends: October 23, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Location: GBSF auditorium
Description: Presenter: Paul Kirk, Department of Statistics and Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, UK

Abstract: The characterization of sub-clonal structure from whole genome sequencing of heterogeneous tumors is a computationally challenging problem due to the large number of mutations and unknown number of tumor sub-populations. Many recent approaches have adopted methods based on Bayesian nonparametric models (the Dirichlet or Indian Buffet Process) but standard computational methods for inference for these models can be slow as they rely on inefficient Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods. We have developed a novel Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling algorithm that allows efficient and exact Bayesian inference for multiple membership models that is scalable to massive datasets. While standard approaches use asymmetric updates that are prone to becoming trapped in local modes, our algorithm uses locally symmetric modes that allows joint updating of the latent variable structure. We illustrate the utility of the sampling algorithm for tumor deconvolution problems and demonstrate its advantage over standard computational alternatives.
For questions, or to meet with the speaker, please contact Luis Carvajal-Carmona ( or John Williamson (
Diana Wall — Lessons from an Antarctic Desert Documenting Climate Change and Measuring its Impact on Soil Life
Starts: 4:10 pm
Ends: October 23, 2014 - 5:10 pm
Location: 3 Kleiber Hall
Description: Diana Wall:
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability Colorado State University

Dr. Wall is an internationally recognized ecologist for her research to explore how soil biodiversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus benefits society, and the consequences of human activities on soil sustainability. Her global research includes more than twenty years of research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how climate change affects soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Wall Valley, Antarctica was named for her achievements in 2005.
She serves as Science Chair for the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. A Board Member of the World Resources Institute, she has served also as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, the Society of Nemaologists, and Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Dr. Wall received the 2013 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, which is the premier international award for environmental science, environmental health and energy conferring great benefit upon mankind.
Events on October 27, 2014
Gregg Recanzone — Listening with an Aging Brain
Starts: 12:10 pm
Ends: October 27, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Location: 1022 Life Sciences
Description: Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior 2014 Fall Faculty Seminar Series.
Events on October 28, 2014
Arsalan Daudi — How we can address reproducibility, a missing piece in life science research
Starts: 1:10 pm
Ends: October 28, 2014 - 2:10 pm
Location: LSA 1022
Description: Postdoc seminar serires