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Jonathan Eisen
Works at University Of California, Davis
Attended Harvard College
Lives in Davis, CA
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Professor at UC Davis
  • 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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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.

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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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