David Coil

DavidIconDavid Coil is a Project Scientist responsible for supervising undergraduate research projects in microbiology, microbial ecology, and genomics in the Eisen Lab. Also managing research projects/collaborations in the lab including microbial sampling, metagenomics, and bacterial genome assembly. And finally, performing public outreach in microbiology through the microBEnet project, which is focused on communication in the context of studies of microbiology of the built environment (including sending bacteria into space).  David is the creator of “Gut Check: The Microbiome Game” which is freely available to print here, or can be purchased here.

David received his PhD in 2005 from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington, working on retroviruses.  Since then he has lectured at the UW, done a post-doc in Belgium working on Legionella, and helps direct a non-profit in Alaska called Ground Truth Trekking.

Follow him on Twitter:  @davidacoil

4 thoughts on “David Coil”

  1. Hi, I’m Jun Fukuda at NITE biotechnology center in Japan.
    I’ve got a following e-mail from your address, so I’d like to make sure if this e-mail is actually from you, due to a security reason.
    Thanks in advance.

    The original message is following…


    I was wondering if I could use the picture from the following URL in some promotional materials for academic (non-commercial) use associated with UC Davis in California?   Any information would be greatly appreciated.



    David Coil, PhD
    UC Davis
    Davis, CA USA


  2. Dear Dr. Coil


    I read with interest your paper “Growth of 48 built environment bacterial isolates on board the International Space Station (ISS)”.

    Is there any information / data on the radiation resistance properties of either the spores or vegetative cells of Bacillus safensis JPL-MERTA-8-2, which grows better on the Space Station than on Earth?

    I would much appreciate any tips in this regard.


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