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Biodiversity Genomics 2022 Conference: October 3-7

Register now for the free conference Biodiversity Genomics 2022: Sequencing Genomes All Around The World, which will be held online from October 3-7. The deadline for submitting abstracts is July 31, 2022.

The Biodiversity Genomics conference is hosted by the Earth BioGenome Project, which aims to sequence all of the eukaryotic organisms on Earth in 10 years. 

Click here to register to attend.

UC Davis COVID-19 Testing Open In New Location

UC Davis' COVID-19 testing center is now open in the Human Resources Administration Building on Blue Ridge Road. Testing is opening on Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. COVID testing on campus is currently voluntary and is only available to students and employees. Appointments are required and can be made online at Health-e-Messaging. Those testing positive are still required to notify the university and isolate following public health guidelines. 

Pam Ronald Featured on 'Face to Face' with Chancellor May

Pam Ronald, of the Genome Center and College of Biological Sciences, was recently featured on 'Face to Face' with Chancellor May. They discussed Ronald's 30-year career in plant pathology and her recent awards, including the Wolf Prize. Watch the full interview below.

Carvajal-Carmona To Present At ADVANCE Award Symposium

Dr. Luis Carvajal-Carmona will be among the presenters featured during the 2022 ADVANCE Award Symposium tomorrow Saturday, May 21, 2022. The symposium begins at 9 am with a breakfast and registration, with featured presentations at 9 am by Diane M. Beckles, 11 am by Chen-Nee Chuah, and 2:15 pm by Luis Carvajal-Carmona. 

Learn more about the symposium and register here.

Genome Center DEI Task Force Report 1

The Genome Center’s DEI Task Force held its first meeting on October 20, 2021, and has since met nine times. The Genome Center’s DEI Task Force aims to monitor and improve the climate at the Genome Center, promote a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community, and diminish the barriers to equity in the center. The task force will promote historically under-represented populations.

The DEI Task Force has accomplished one main task: created and released a questionnaire to gauge the current diversity of members and overall climate at the Genome Center.

New Genome Center Member Christina Kim Named A Searle Scholar

Christina Kim was recently named one of 15 Searle Scholars for 2022. The Searle Scholars Program supports recently appointed assistant professors or those in a tenure-track appointment to conduct high risk, high reward research in chemistry and the biomedical sciences. The funds awarded with the recognition will help to support Kim's research for the next three years.

Recent Publication: High-efficiency multiplex biallelic heritable editing in Arabidopsis using an RNA virus

A recent publication in Plant Physiology by Nagalakshmi et al. (2002) titled "High-efficiency multiplex biallelic heritable editing in Arabidopsis using an RNA virus" described the rapid adoption of genome editing technology for gene function studies in plants. Instead of the common use of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, the authors detail new optimization of a Tobacco rattle virus-based vector for the delivery of single-guide RNAs. This allows for efficient multiplexing of somatic and biallelic editing in a single generation. 

 

Joanna Chiu Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Joanna Chiu, of the Genome Center and Department of Entomology and Nematology, was named one of the recipients of the UC Davis Academic Senate's 2022 Distinguished Teaching Award. Chiu earned this award via her dedication to students at all levels, as well as the training programs she has led to increase diversity and inclusivity.

Read more about Joanna Chiu's award on Entomology & Nematology News.

Sequencing Puts Carnivore Chromosomes in Context

Studies comparing animal genomes generally focus on the DNA sequence itself. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis shows how the three-dimensional scaffolding of chromosomes is related across several species of carnivores, offering a new approach of “comparative scaffotyping” that could be used to identify related genes across species and place them in context. The work, published the week of Feb.