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Well, yesterday was really fun. In college, I switched from being an East Asian Studies major to being a Biology major in my sophomore year but had no idea what aspect of biology I might focus on. Then I took a course that ch...
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...we are making history with every thought. 
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A very worthy cause: Help fund a "Patient Centered Probiotics Reference"
As many know I expend a lot of energy railing against overselling of the microbiome. And one aspect of this is the misinformation that is out there regarding probiotics. Well, this looks like it might help provide an antidote to some of the BS that is out ...
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We had a patient at a hospital that I work for nearly die from a probiotic. This probiotic was given in an inpatient setting. A case review is being written, but the root cause was most definitely the probiotic.
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In response to studies showing that antibiotic resistance can spread through the food supply, the FDA has made some recent policy decisions about the use of antibiotics in livestock rearing. A publ...
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New York Times and a lot of other news outlets are reporting recently on this article about gender bias in thermostat settings. The authors set out to conduct a small-scale study to find out if the...
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Pip Daddy Esen... In your capable hands. 
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From 1988 to 2015 - how Jennifer Doudna shaped my career (and now science and society)
Well, yesterday was really fun. In college, I switched from being an East Asian Studies major to being a Biology major in my sophomore year but had no idea what aspect of biology I might focus on. Then I took a course that changed my life. The course was t...
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As many know I expend a lot of energy railing against overselling of the microbiome. And one aspect of this is the misinformation that is out there regarding probiotics. Well, this looks like it might help provide an antidote...
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Nature has a specific agenda - this is the dying / old world way of thinking and publishing - one need to understand their political statements in the context of their bias.
BTW Biohackers are mostly not amateurs - most people I know in the scene are professionals, but independent scientist (read not government dependent). People, who wish to do a more modern way of science / more adapted to the reality of the new digital paradigm.
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Jennifer Gardy's Cats Poop for Science and @kittybiome
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Professor at UC Davis
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  • University Of California, Davis
    Professor, 2006 - present
  • DOE Joint Genome Institute
    Adjunct Scientist, 2006 - 2011
  • The Institute For Genomic Research,
    Investigator, 1998 - 2006
  • The Johns Hopkins University
    Adjunct Professor, 2000 - 2010
  • The Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia
    Intern, 1987 - 1987
  • The Rocky Mountain Biological Lab
    Field Assistant, 1988 - 1988
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Davis, CA
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Bethesda, MD - Gaithersburg, MD - Boston, MA - Cambridge, MA - Stanford, CA - Gothic, CO - Brookline, MA - Medford, MA
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All microbes, all the time.
Introduction
I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. In addition I hold an Adjunct appointment at the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. 

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 (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  I am an author on more than 200 scientific publications as well as an Evolution textbook and a variety of other things.  

In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing movement and am Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology

Prior to moving to UC Davis I was on the faculty at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) with an Adjunct Appointment in the Biology Department at the Johns Hopkins University. I did my PhD at Stanford studying the evolution of DNA repair processes in the lab of Phil Hanawalt and my undergraduate studies at Harvard College.

See my blog or tweets or Google+ Feed for the latest on what is going on in my lab and life and for conference reports, opinions on papers, and related information.

Finally, if you have made it this far and want to know more, here are some of my favorite stories written by others about me or my work
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  • Harvard College
    AB, Biological Sciences, 1986 - 1990
  • Stanford University
    PhD, Biology, 1991 - 1998
  • Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD
    1983 - 1986
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Innovative Genomic Initiative Post Doc Fellowship at #UCDavis and some o...
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Got this in email: The IGI is pleased to announce its first Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. This Award will provide 2 years of financial supp

Results for microbes collected by citizen scientists and grown on the In...
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Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by citi

The Koala Project! | Indiegogo
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A research project studying how antibiotics affect the health of koalas | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs

9 things PBS Newshour famously gets horrible wrong in story on fast food...
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Well, this is one of the worst microbiome news stories in a long time: Fast food kills gut bacteria that can keep you slim, book claims. So

Darwin: the Movie | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
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It's true, Mr. and Ms. Hollywood Producer, Nash, Hawking, Turing were great and all, and their stories brought big bucks and a few Oscars ro

China must restructure its academic incentives to curb research fraud
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The idealised view of science as the curiosity-driven pursuit of knowledge to understand and improve the world around us has been tarnished.

Four simple tools to promote gender balance at conferences - guest post ...
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Guest post from Julie Pfeiffer. Julie Pfeiffer Associate Professor of Microbiology University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center https://t

Calling attention to meetings with skewed speaker gender ratios, even wh...
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A few weeks ago I gave a talk at the Future of Genomic Medicine 2015 (aka #FOGM15) meeting. The talk seemed to go over well. I talked right

CLICK HERE to support $79 Dental Genome Kit
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Bad breath? Cavities? Gum Disease? Learn about the 700 kinds of bacteria in your mouth. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fu

Strangest microbial headline of month: Bacteria on Russian ‘sex satellit...
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There is really not much to say other than to point everyone to this article: Bacteria on Russian ‘sex satellite’ survive reentry | Science

Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science
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The number of women in scientific research continues to lag behind the number of men, even though women make up half the nation's workforce.

It’s not “Publish or Perish” but rather “Do Great Science”
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Everyone knows the destructive influence of the impact factor on academic research. This journal-citation metric is abused as a proxy for th

Rediscovering some critical terms of use in microbial discussions: #micr...
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Earlier this week I was trying to come up with a short term to use when referring to the "Overselling of the Microbiome" and related hype. A

Waiting for our room right now. Woman at the front desk - Erin - is being very rude
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