Editing pages and people details


Some common activities that people in the business office might need to do to the website are:

  1. Make small edit to existing page
  2. Make small edit to details of a person
  3. Add new person

The following screenshots and info show some brief information about how to do this.


Accessing the website in order to make changes

To edit any page on the Genome Center website, you must use the following link and then use your Kerberos UC Davis credentials to login (only approved people can edit the site):


You should note that we also have a development site which is a copy of the main site (typically a few months behind the main site) which is used for testing of software updates. You can also use this to test any edits that you want to do (if you are nervous about editing the live site). To log in to the dev site, go to:



The main dashboard view of the website

We use WordPress to organise our website. The following screenshot shows the main WordPress screen (click to enlarge). It will look slightly different for other editors as this view shows a user with admin priviledges.

WordPress dashboard

The three main things you might want to edit (or create) are Posts, Pages, and People. Note that all information about people in the Genome Center is actually stored inside a small database created by a WordPress plugin called ‘Connections’. This just means that editing people information is a bit different from editing Posts and Pages.


Editing Pages

Click on ‘Pages’ in the left-hand menu. This will take you to a view of all Genome Center web pages (click to enlarge):

Editing pages

You can search for specific pages in the search box in the top-right corner. As we only have about 40 pages, the specific page you want to edit will either be in the first list of pages, or on the next set. Choose a page by clicking on its name (or by clicking on Edit on the resulting pop-up).

Once you view a specific page, you will see a large area with the content of that page. Feel free to edit just as you word in any word processor. You can use the toolbar to make common style changes, and most standard keyboard shortcuts will be supported (e.g. to make text bold, italics etc).

Editing a page

A button will let you preview changes (launching a new window), and when you are finished making changes, click the blue ‘Update’ button.


Connections database for managing people

Towards the bottom of the left-hand sidebar is a link for the ‘Connections’ plug-in:

connections plugin

The main page of this is not very informative and you won’t spend much time here. Instead click on the ‘Manage’ link that appears in the sidebar:

managing people

You can now see a list of all people tracked by this tool. You can search names or filter by category to quickly find someone. All Genome Center people tracked by this tool are placed into one or more categories, e.g. Faculty, Core Manager etc. Some people exist in multiple categories. Click on a name, or on the pop-up ‘Edit’ link to edit details.

people listed in connections plugin

There are lots of possible fields that can be edited, and we don’t use most of them. Scroll down someone’s entry to see all of the available fields. The connections tool supports adding dedicated social media sites (like twitter, linked-in etc.), but for lab websites, blogs, and Google Scholar pages, you can just go to the ‘Links’ section and add a webpage and fill in the ‘Title’ field to say something like ‘Lab webpage’ or ‘Google Scholar’.

Editing people

When adding new people, make sure you select the relevant categories that they belong to. This will affect how they appear on the resulting pages. Every person must belong in at least one of the categories and shouldn’t be left in the ‘Uncategorized’ category.


When do edits become live (aka understanding website caching)

Any changes that you make should appear on the live site as you view it in your web browser. However, it might take time for others to see these changes. This is because the website, like most websites, serves up cached versions of each webpage for most users. This helps speed up the site.

The cache is refreshed every few hours and admin users on the website can manually empty the cache to ensure that everyone gets the freshest version of each page. If you can see the latest changes, rest assured that others will eventually be able to see them too.



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: https://goo.gl/forms/TGeuALrTMfTpGh0O2

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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVnMXxhkMtlET-RGDgW99jA3lr1wS4hypU0kI6O1yGV0GqBg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Contact: Jeannette Martins jmartins@ucdavis.edu

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 (jmartins@ucdavis.edu).

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.