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06 Nov: Valero Tucci, ‘Genomic imprinting and the regulation of sleep’


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Halloween Symposium: ‘Ghost in the Genome’

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Position Available: Project Scientist, Proteomics

The Genome Center at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for an Project Scientist position. This position is expected to work independently, making significant and creative contributions to collaborative research and method development in collaboration with

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Luis Carvajal-Carmona receives award to investigate ethnic differences in diagnosis and treatment of gastric cancer

Study seeks to improve cancer survival for Latinos, Asians and Blacks
UC Davis leads University of California precision medicine effort to address vast cancer health disparities

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $6.3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities for a 5-year study to tease out why some ethnic and racial minority groups fare worse than whites when they get cancer and to find more precise treatments to improve their chances of survival.

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October 11th: David Julius, UCSF: ‘Electroreception in sharks and skates’

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Genome Center Faculty Megan Dennis earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

[caption id="attachment_2286" align="alignleft" width="269"] Megan Dennis[/caption]

Assistant Professor Megan Dennis has been awarded $1.5M as part of the National Institute of Health Director’s New Innovator Award.  More information about the award may be found here.

[caption id="attachment_2285" align="alignright" width="2048"] The Dennis Lab[/caption]

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Editor and Greenhouse Manager Jobs Available

The Michelmore lab is recruiting for two positions, a Greenhouse Manager and an Editor, which are open on the UC Davis HR website, .

  • Staff Research Associate II Greenhouse Manager, #03022416 with a closing date of October 12. The Greenhouse Manager will be responsible for maintaining a high quality greenhouse…

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West Coast Metabolomics Center courses for 2019

Three courses are offered in 2019.

See below for details!

(a) one week course ‘data processing and statistics’, 01/2019
(b) three day course ‘best practice in MS-based metabolomics’, 05/2019
(c) two weeks course ‘international summer sessions in metabolomics’, 08/201

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Quantitative Mass Spectrometry (MS) Sample Prep for New Users

Speaker: Will Berg, Proteomics Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific Attend our technical seminar to open doors to a whole new view of biology with tandem mass tag (TMT) multiplexing workflows! Where:  GBSF Auditorium (Rm. 1005) When:  Tuesday, Sept. 11 2018, 12:00

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Assistant/Associate Specialist: genetics, FISH

The Genome Center at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for an Assistant/Associate Specialist position. Working for Professor Megan Dennis, this position will be involved in the characterization of complex genomic variation using a variety of molecular

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Upcoming Talks and Events

Events on May 16, 2019
WCMC: Best practice in operating mass spectrometers in Metabolomics
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: May 20, 2019 - 12:00 am
Location: Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, 451 Health Science Dr, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Description: Registration:

This course will enhance your standing and expertise to prepare and successfully run samples in a metabolomic laboratory. It is designed to provide hands-on practical exercises using gas and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS & LC-MS). The course will focus on untargeted data acquisition in metabolomics with both nominal mass and accurate mass instruments. You will learn how to operate the instruments, how to collect metabolite profiles on complex samples and how to prepare and derivatize samples, troubleshoot instruments, acquire data and perform data quality control routines (QA/QC). Overall, you will receive comprehensive understanding of the current best practices in the metabolomics laboratory.

The course will include:

1. Fundamentals of mass spectrometry, chromatography, and metabolomics.
2. hands-on exercises on sample preparation, including extraction and derivatization
of complex samples for untargeted metabolomics profiling
3. Hands-on exercises to learn how to operate both gas and liquid chromatography
coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS & LC-MS).
4. quality control routines (QA/QC) in order to ensure comparable data, reproducibility, and instrument performance.
Events on August 19, 2019
International Summer Sessions in Metabolomics
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: August 31, 2019 - 12:00 am
Location: UC Davis Alumni Center
Description: Registration:

Contact: Jeannette Martins

Please, contact us now if you need letters of support to obtain funding from your home institutions.

The West Coast Metabolomics Center organizes an instructional course for researchers for researcher which need a deeper and broader understanding in the field of Metabolomics. This course will span 12 days from August 19-30, 2019.

In order to serve the group interests best and have interesting open discussions we have a small class of 22 participants. The participants come always from all over the world and have a very diverse research background.

The course will include:

study design, including pitfall analysis and hidden biases in studies from microbial, plant, mouse and human cohort research
sample preparation and quality control
in-laboratory detailed discussions standard operating procedures for GC-MS and LC-MS data acquisitions
targeted metabolomics, including monitoring charts and use of isotope labeled internal standards
exercises on flux analysis in cancer cells by isotope tracer analysis
untargeted data processing and exercises on MS-DIAL software (in comparison to XCMS)
exercises on identification of unknowns by cheminformatics software workflows (incl MS-FINDER, CFM-ID, and various databases and small software routines)
data normalization and transformation with and without internal standards and quality controls
multivariate and univariate statistics (incl MetDA in comparison to MetaboAnalyst)
pathway mapping (incl MetaBox consisting of MetDA, ChemRICH and MetaMapp in comparison to MetaboAnalyst)
Past course participation:
2018 course: 25 researchers from USA, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Norway, Germany, Poland, Canada
2017 course: 24 researchers from USA, Saudi-Arabia, China, , Korea, Italy, Denmark, Iran, United Kingdom
2016 course: 23 researchers from USA, Saudi-Arabia, China, Thailand, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Chile, Korea, and Canada.
2015 course: 21 researchers from USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Denmark, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, and Netherlands.
2014 course: 20 researchers from USA, New Zealand, Italy, Denmark, China, Canada, Turkey and Switzerland
2013 course: 20 researchers from USA, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Denmark, Luxembourg, Brazil, Columbia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
For questions, please contact our program representative Jeannette Martins (

Visiting Scientists
Participation in this course is mandatory for visiting international researchers who want to engage in collaborative research projects.
The minimum time span for such collaborative visits is 3 months, preferred is 12 months.
An additional payment of $500 for the visa has to be paid prior to arrival at UC Davis.

Each year, up to five international researchers have started such research visits, funded by agencies in their home countries.
Please contact us at least 6 months in advance to help you with letters of support, booking your course, and obtaining a visa for you.
Cancellation policy
Requests for refunds will be honored when received 2 month prior to the program. Refund requests can be only accepted in a written form. However, another person may be substituted at any time for this program, unless it requires issuing a new travel visa for international scholars.

A $150 administrative fee and the credit card fee will be deducted for cancellations.
In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the WCMC will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.