Welcome to the Lab Page of Jonathan A. Eisen. Eisen is a Professor at the University of California, Davis with appointments in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Department of Medical Microbiology. He also holds an Adjunct Appointment at the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute. The Eisen lab’s physical location is in the U. C. Davis Genome Center. Prof. Eisen is a member of multiple graduate groups at UC Davis including: Microbiology, Population Biology, Ecology, Genetics and Genomics, and Computer Science. We are always looking for new motivated graduate students.
Research in the lab focuses on the “phylogenomics of novelty” in microbes. Major research themes include:
- The genomic basis for the origin and evolution of new functions.
- The ecology and evolution of microbial communities.
- The co-evolution of microbes and their carrying vessels (i.e., hosts).
- Variation in “evolvability.”
- The development of phylogeny-driven computational tools to analyze genomic and metagenomic sequence data.
Dr. Eisen is also heavily involved in various “open science” activities relating to the move to make scientific research and educational activities more open and inclusive. His current roles and work in this area includes:
- Chair of the Advisory Board for PLOS Biology
- Co-Chair of the Policies and Practices Committee for the UC Davis ADVANCE project
- PI on the microBEnet project
- Member of the Advisory Board of the BioArXiv project from CSHL