Jon Eisen, PhD
UC Davis Genome Center
Jonathan A. Eisen is an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). Most of his work involves the sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms and the development and use of "phylogenomic" methods to analyze the genome data. Previously, he applied this phylogenomic approach to cultured organisms, such as those from extreme environments. Currently he is using phylogenomic methods to study microbes in their natural habitats, including symbionts living inside host cells and planktonic species in the open ocean. Dr. Eisen's lab is in the U. C. Davis Genome Center and he holds appointments in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. He also has an Adjunct Appointment at the DOE Joint Genome Institute.
Dr. Eisen is also a advocate for "Open Access'" to scientific publications and is the Academic Editor in Chief of PLoS Biology. He is also a active blogger/microblogger (e.g., phylogenomics.blogspot.com twitter.com/phylogenomics). Prior to moving to U. C. Davis he was on the faculty of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, MD. He earned his PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University where he worked on the evolution of DNA repair processes in the lab of Philip C. Hanawalt and his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard College.