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About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

Davis Science Café: Moshe Rosenberg “There is Life After Cheddar: The Discovery and Evolution of Cheese”

“There is Life After Cheddar: The Discovery and Evolution of Cheese”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

Capital Science Communicators is an association of science, health and technology communicators serving California’s capital region and beyond.

Tomorrow: 2018 Genome Center Halloween Symposium

UC Davis Genome Center


Wednesday, October 31st8:00 am – 3:00 pm, GBSF 1005 and LOBBY

Coffee and refreshments
Pumpkin and Poster set-up; sign-in for Costume contests, Lobby

Primer “What is Epigenomics?” Dr. Janine LaSalle; UC Davis, Associate Director, Genome Center, Professor MMIOpening Remarks, Dr. David Segal; UC Davis, Professor, Genome Center, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine,

Pharmacology, and MIND Institute

Dr. Kelly Frazer; Key Note Lecture
Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine, UC San Diego
“Using iPS cells and derived cell types to functionally annotate human genetic variants”

Break; poster and pumpkin viewing

“Epigenomics assays offered in the DNA Technologies Core” – Lutz Froenicke; DNA Technologies Core Manager

“Epigenomic editing technologies” – Henny O’Geen, UC Davis Segal Lab Project Scientist

“Measuring R-loop formation in the human genome using single molecule long read sequencing coupled to bisulfate probing” – Maika Malig, UC Davis IGG Student

“UBE3A in neuronal epigenomic networks” – Jesse Lopez, UC Davis IGG Student“Chromatin Architecture in Tomato” – Alex Mason, UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow

Lunch Break*
Final voting for Posters, Pumpkin Carving & Best Costume contestants, Lobby

Dr. Steve Jacobsen; Key Note Lecture

Investigator, HHMI, Professor,
Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology,
Department of Biological Chemistry, David Geffen School of Medicine, UC Los Angeles

“DNA methylation in Arabidopsis”
Closing remarks; Announcement of Raffle, Poster & Contest Winners 1

2018 GC Flyer.pdf

Faculty Position Available in Computational Biology at Cornell

Faculty Position Available in Computational Biology

Position:              Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure-track

Location:             Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853

Position description:  The Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University ( invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level in the area of Computational Biology, with an emphasis in population genomics, comparative genomics and/or functional genomics. The position will have responsibilities 70% in research and 30% in teaching on a 9-month academic year basis. Applicants will be expected to focus on developing and applying rigorous computational methods to large-scale data analysis in population, comparative, or functional genomics and will play a central role in the department’s program in research and teaching.

Cornell is hosting a campus-wide expansion in genomics faculty recruiting, spearheaded by the Provost’s Task Force in Genome Biology. A cluster of 5 tenure-track faculty positions will be opening over the next 3 years at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. In addition to newly-hired faculty, faculty from several related departments will join the Department of Computational Biology, to be launched soon, and the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. Prior to the launch of the Department of Computational Biology, the successful candidate would also affiliate with the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology.

Cornell University has a broad teaching mission including introductory service courses in bioinformatics and more specialized and advanced courses for students in computational biology and related fields. The selected candidate will be expected to teach a 3 or 4 credit course each year and a 1-credit seminar course. Specific teaching responsibilities will be negotiated with the department chair as curriculum needs evolve.

Qualifications: A PhD in computational biology, computer science, computational statistics, or a related field and a primary interest in understanding biological phenomena through the development and use of computational and statistical methods. Postdoctoral experience with a demonstrated record of productivity is required. Training in computer science or computational statistics, with experience in applications in population genetics, comparative genomics, functional genomics, or systems biology is expected. Outstanding applicants in all areas of computational biology will be considered, but research areas of special interest include comparative and population genomics; functional genomics; gene regulation; modeling dynamic cellular processes; and networks in biological systems.

Salary and Benefits:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive fringe benefit package is included.

Applications and Starting Date:  Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2019 or as negotiated. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and arrange to have three reference letters submitted to Academic Jobs Online at Inquiries may be sent to Andrew Clark, Search Committee Chair, Initial screening of applications will begin November 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Please go to for information on the position and background about computational genomics at Cornell.

Opportunity:  The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Cornell’s global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities, and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities and genders.


At @ucdavis today: Dr. Alison Rabosky “The origin & evolution of sociality in lizards: Kin, fitness, & parasites”

The origin and evolution of sociality in lizards:
Kin, fitness, and parasites

Dr. Alison Rabosky

University of Michigan

Friday, October 19th at 12:10 pm in 1150 Hart Hall

Coffee and cookies will be available.

Dr. Alison Rabosky is especially interested in understanding the origin and stability of novel phenotypes in nature, utilizing interdisciplinary approaches that draw from ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, functional genomics, and macroevolutionary comparative analysis. For more information, visit:

Faculty Job at @UCDavis in Behavioral Evolution or Ecology in the Dept of Evolution and Ecology

BEHAVIORAL EVOLUTION OR ECOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS -The College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the biological sciences or related fields. We seek candidates with research interests that will complement and build upon existing faculty strengths in ecology and evolutionary biology; this may include but is not limited to the study of mechanisms of behavior, behavioral evolution using comparative methods, modelling, or the impacts of behavior on ecological processes. We welcome a broad spectrum of applicants, spanning diverse systems and approaches. We seek a colleague who is committed to participating in the departmental community through collaborative teaching, research, service and graduate mentoring and who will embrace UC Davis’ Principles of Community. Letters of recommendation should specifically address this aspect of the application. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in undergraduate and graduate programs, and should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity.

Applicants should submit materials online at

Applicants should submit materials online at  which contains additional information about the position. The application should include: curriculum vitae, description of current and projected research, summary of teaching interests and experience, and three publications. Applicants should also provide contact information for three referees. Once entered, referees will be prompted by email with upload instructions for their letters. Open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by November 5, 2018 to assure full consideration. Faculty contact: Gail Patricelli ( Administrative contact: Korie Martinez (

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Davis is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

Behavior job ad EVE.docx

At @UCDavis: Assistant/Associate Professor of Grassland Ecology and Management

Assistant/Associate Professor of Grassland Ecology and Management

The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an academic year (9-month), tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Grassland Ecology and Management.

Grasslands represent some of Earth’s most expansive and diverse biomes, supporting the livelihoods of millions of people. Grasslands are sensitive to the interacting drivers of climate, grazing, and fire – and to human alteration of these natural disturbance regimes, as well as the introduction of invasive species. The conservation and sustainable use of these ecosystems in the face of rapid environmental and socio-economic change is a central challenge on the global scale.

We are seeking applicants interested in the broad study of grassland ecology to address a suite of fundamental challenges to the sustainable management of grasslands across the globe. All aspects of grassland ecology and management are of interest and will be considered in this recruitment. We are seeking a candidate interested in productive collaborations across disciplines and with grassland stakeholders. We are seeking a candidate interested in developing a dynamic grassland ecology and management teaching program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach Ecology of Grasslands and Grazed Ecosystems (Revised PLS 135) and contribute to Principles of Rangeland Management and Ecology (PLS 130). In addition, the candidate can teach at the graduate level within their area of research expertise and contribute to graduate programs in the Ecology, International Agricultural Development, Horticulture and Agronomy graduate groups, and/or other graduate programs of interest to the individual.

Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology, rangeland science, plant sciences, or a related discipline. Demonstrated potential for excellence in research and instruction on topics relevant to grassland ecology and management.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website:

The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 23:59 PDT October 31, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree completion, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to this position, 7) statement of contributions to diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. 9) Authorization to Release Information form. Additional inquiries should be directed to Marie Jasieniuk (masjasien) Chair of Search Committee, or Gail Taylor (gtaylor) Chair of Plant Sciences.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Ad – Grassland Ecology and Management Long Version 09-12-18.pdf