Genome Center

Investigating the Molecular Defense Tactics of Plants

April 11, 2018
In a study appearing in Cell Host & Microbe, UC Davis graduate student Neeraj Lal, Professors Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar and Andrew J Fisher and their colleagues reveal the versatility of plants’ molecular defenses. The findings provide a strategic map revealing how plants allocate resources and have the potential to help bolster crop immune systems and improve their development and growth.

Feeding the Future

UC Davis researchers are exploring the survival strategies of wild and parasitic plants to help cultivate the climate-resistant food crops of tomorrow by Greg Watry To meet a projected population of 9.8 billion by 2050, global food production needs to grow an estimated 70 percent. Rising patterns of extreme weather are challenging food security. To adapt and feed the world, we need stronger crops. A Shifting Environment

Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, wildfires are blazing and droughts are intensifying. Our earth is in an alarming state of flux.

New Machine Learning Algorithm Finds Patterns in RNA Structures

March 01, 2018
Software inspired by speech recognition technology could help scientists understand the secret language inside cells. A machine learning algorithm called patteRNA, designed by UC Davis researchers, rapidly mines ribonucleic acid, commonly called RNA, for specific structures, providing a new method to establish links between structure, function and disease.

Gerald Quon

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Genome Center
  • Department of Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Interests: Gene network inference and dynamics | Genetics of complex diseases | Genomics-based personalized medicine | Gene-environment interactions
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Harris Lewin

  • Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair in Evolution and Ecology; Distinguished Professor
  • Genome Center
  • Department of Evolution and Ecology
Research Interests: Mammalian comparative and functional genomics
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