University of California, Davis
UC Davis Genome Center, the School of Medicine
and the College of Biological Sciences.
Dr. Eisen’s research focuses on communities of microbes and how they provide new functions - to each other or to a host. His study systems have included boiling acid pools, surface ocean waters, agents of many diseases, and the microbial ecosystems in and on plants and animals. He is also coordinating the largest microbial sequencing project to date – a Genomic Encyclopedia – being done at the DOE Joint Genome Institute where he holds an Adjunct Appointment.
His overarching goal in his research is to create a “Field Guide to the Microbes” much as exists for birds or trees. In addition to his research, Dr. Eisen is a vocal advocate for “open scholarship” especially "open access" to publications. He is also an active and award-winning blogger (e.g., http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com) and science communicator (e.g., http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_eisen_meet_your_microbes) and an elected member of the American Academy of Microbiology. Prior to working at UC Davis he was on the faculty of The Institute for Genomic Research and held an Adjunct Appointment at the Johns Hopkins University. He earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and an A.B. in Biology from Harvard College.