UC Davis Genome Center Appoints New Director

This article originally appeared on College of Biological Sciences News and Events.

Blake Meyers, a principal investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and a professor of plant sciences from the University of Missouri - Columbia, has been named the new director and Novozymes Chair in Genomics at the UC Davis Genome Center. Meyers, who studies plant RNA biology, bioinformatics and functional genomics, will step into the role on March 1, 2024.

Celebrating Professor Oliver Fiehn's Distinction on the Analytical Scientist Journal's Powerlist

We are delighted that Professor Oliver Fiehn has been honored on the powerlist of the Analytical Scientist Journal under the “Mentors and Educators” category. Professor Fiehn is committed to supporting the next generation of scientists, so he prioritizes teaching and mentorship at all educational levels. By taking on initiatives such as inviting K-12 students to come get a taste of science in action, Professor Fiehn hopes to ignite an early interest in research.

Unraveling the Complex History of Homo sapiens in Africa: Insights from Genetic Analysis and Demographic Inference

Dr. Brenna Henn, a geneticist from the University of California, Davis, and her colleagues conducted a groundbreaking study titled "A weakly structured stem for human origins in Africa," published in Nature in March 2023. They analyzed human populations in Africa using newly sequenced genomes, yielding valuable insights into the intricate history and population dynamics of humans on the continent.