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Back in November, I posted about a superbug that emerged in China. The mcr-1 gene is known to be resistant to Colistin, a last resort antibiotic for superbug infections. Today, the first known case of the resistant strain of E. coli was reported here in…
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Over the last several years our lab has spent a fair bit of effort on collecting and sequencing genomes of bacteria from the built environment.  Genome sequences are useful for a number of reasons including facilitating metagenomics and understanding the…
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Cool-sounding program fellow position at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation working on symbiosis.   Text from the job posting below: Program Fellow, Science The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s science program supports exceptional scientists,…
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About half the human population now lives in urban environments. In 2008, populations of more developed nations were about 74% urban, while about 44% of residents of less developed countries lived …
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Recent papers on microbes of the built environment. Microbes in the hospital Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus from nares and hands on healthcare professionals in a Portuguese Hospital – Ana Castro – Journal of Applied Microbiology ($6 to rent, $38 to…
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Got pointed to this by Jessica Green on Twitter @davidacoil @phylogenomics: join us over lunch tomorrow! https://t.co/1ydjPYTDsJ — Jessica Green (@JessicaLeeGreen) May 27, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Looks like a great idea. More detail here:…
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______ Seminar Announcement The Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences is hosting the Eldridge Moores Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Professor Lee Kump of Penn State University who will be delivering the Distinguished Lecture “How did the atmosphere…
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Kabir Peay Stanford University "Microbes, mutualism and the nature of soil biodiversity" 4:10pm Social Sciences 1100. Abstract: Microbes are a critical component of the diversity and function of ecosystems. Among microbes, fungi are key regulators of…
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microBE.net is an awesome name, so I wasn’t that surprised to find that the CDC has it’s own MicrobeNet that they launched in 2013. MicrobeNet is a free online curated database of emerging bacteria and fungi that aims to improve reference diagnostics…
microBE.net is an awesome name, so I wasn’t that surprised to find that the CDC has it’s own MicrobeNet that they launched in 2013. MicrobeNet is a free online curated database of emerg…
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About half the human population now lives in urban environments. In 2008, populations of more developed nations were about 74% urban, while about 44% of residents of less developed countries lived in urban areas. It is projected that 70% of the world…
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Hello everyone! I’d like to draw your attention to our just published year-long study focusing on little investigated topic titled: “Concentrations and sources of airborne particles in a neonatal intensive care unit”. The main outcomes of the study are…
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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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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.
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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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On pastrami and the business of PLOS
www.michaeleisen.org

Last week my friend Andy Kern (a population geneticist at Rutgers) went on a bit of a bender on Twitter prompted by his discovery of PLOS's

At #UCDavis 3/9: “Authorship and the Promises of Digital Dissemination,”
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A cross-disciplinary panel discussion on authorship in the digital age, with a focus on the specific goals and needs of academic authors.Aut

The Villain of CRISPR
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There is something mesmerizing about an evil genius at the height of their craft, and Eric Lander is an evil genius at the height of his cra

1/15 at #UCDavis: Tandy Warnow: New methods for species tree estimation ...
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Special Seminar: Tandy Warnow The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign New methods for species tree estimation in the presence of gene

Removing my name from the author list of #closedaccess "Unified Microbio...
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[View the story "Removing my name from the author list of #closedaccess "Unified Microbiome Initiative" paper in Science" on Storify]

Genome Engineering #GESB16 in Gent - for Men Only #YAMMM
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So I just got an invite to this meeting: Looks interesting. Not that I work in the field. But I decided to check it out. So I went to the we

‘Antibiotic addict’ India losing fight against lethal bacteria - The Tim...
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India is the world’s antibiotic popping capital, recording the highest number of such pills consumed annually — 13 billion pills as against

Microbiomania
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I love microbiome research. I have been doing it for 10+ years. However many people oversell it. Here are some posts on this. Posts tageed "

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.

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