Jonathan Eisen

About me

Jonathan Eisen is a Full Professor at the University of California, Davis with appointments in 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 science” especially “open access” to scientific publications and is the Academic Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Biology. He is also an active and award-winning blogger and science communicator.

Prior to 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.

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Full name
Jonathan Eisen
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Curator qualifications

Faculty, UC Davis Author of > 100 scientific papers (search pubmed for Eisen JA) Member of many societies
Curation scope
Genomics and evolution of bacteria and archaea