Alphachimp Studio animated drawings on TEDMED session I was in
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
- Free Science, One Paper at a Time by David Dobbs
- Jonathan Eisen Frees (Almost All) His Father’s Papers by David Dobbs
- Cataloguing the Vast World of Microbes by Carl Zimmer
- Plenty More Bugs in the Sea in The Economist