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Jonathan Eisen
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Declawing involves amputating the first segment of a cat's toes. New York might the next state to ban it.
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Koalas, Chlamydia, Antibiotics and Microbiomes - what else do you need?
Katie Dahlhausen, a PhD student in my lab, has become really really interested (perhaps a bit obsessed) with a really interesting case study regarding koalas, Chlamydia, antibiotics, and microbiomes.  Since we do not have funds to work on this in the lab, s...
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Blind trust in unblinded observation in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (Guest Post by Melissa Kardish)
This is a guest post from Melissa Kardish - a PhD student at UC Davis - writing about a recent paper from work she did at her prior position.  The citation for the paper she is writing about is below: Kardish MR, Mueller UG, Amador-Vargas S, Dietrich EI, Ma...
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My student Katie Dahlhausen has an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to study the koala microbiome ...
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Nice story from Dan Potter on KQED about Women Science PhDs
Nice story on KQED from Dan Potter: Women Getting Science Ph.D.s Still Face Gender Barriers    
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Join in on our new crowdfunded Citizen Science kittybiome project on the microbiomes of cats. 
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A new crowdfunding project from my lab: how do antibiotics affect the koala microbiome - project of my brilliant PhD student Katie Dahlhausen
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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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The Koala Project! | Indiegogo
www.indiegogo.com

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...
phylogenomics.blogspot.com

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
blogs.scientificamerican.com

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...
phylogenomics.blogspot.com

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

Should We Allow Scientists To Create Dangerous Super-Viruses?
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Several groups of scientists are engineering dangerous new viruses with the potential to become worldwide pandemics. After many scientists e

NIH Director Francis Collins’ ridiculous “We would have had an Ebola vac...
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Almost as soon as the African Ebola epidemic hit the headlines, NIH Director Francis Collins was making the rounds arguing that we would hav

World's first microbe 'zoo' opens in Amsterdam
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The world's first "interactive microbe zoo" opened in Amsterdam on Tuesday, shining new light on the tiny creatures that make up two-thirds

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