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Jonathan Eisen's CV

Personal information


  • Harvard College, AB Biology, 1990
  • Stanford University, PhD Biological Sciences, 1998


  • 2006-current Full Professor, University of California, Davis, U. C. Davis Genome Center, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine, Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences
  • 2006-current Adjunct Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Joint Genome Institute
  • 2000-current Adjunct Faculty, Biology Department, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 2002-2006 Full Investigator, Dept. of Microbial Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research
  • 1998-2002 Asst. Investigator, Dept. of Microbial Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research
  • 1991-1998 PhD Student, Stanford University Dept. of Biological Sciences
  • 1991 Field Assistant, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory with Prof. Ward Watt
  • 1989-1990 Research Assistant, Lab of Prof. Colleen A. Cavanaugh, Harvard University
  • 1988 Research Assistant, Lab of Prof. Fakhri A. Bazzaz, Harvard University
  • 1988 Field Assistant, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory with Prof. William A Calder III

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Chair, Division R, American Society for Microbiology
  • 2009 Finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award in Bioinformatics
  • 2009 Selected by Scientific American as one of six scientists to follow on Twitter
  • 2008 Blog posting selected for "The Open Laboratory 2008" a collection of the best science blog postings of the year
  • 2004-2006 Member, Defense Science Studies Group
  • 2002-2009 Member, Faculty of 1000
  • 2002 Selected one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest Innovators”
  • 1999 Martin Rodbell Fellowship, The Institute for Genomic Research
  • 1997 Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching, Stanford University
  • 1997 Stanford University Centennial TA Award
  • 1993 Stanford University Centennial TA Award
  • 1991-1994 National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Advisory Boards and Such

  • 2009-current Joint Genome Institute's Program Advisory Committee for the Microbial Genome & Metagenome Programs
  • 2008-2009 National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Life Sciences, 2008-2009. The report from the Committee was published in September 2009.
  • 2007-current UC Davis Genome Center Nucleic Acids Core Facility Advisory Group
  • 2007-2009 Sci/Tech Advisory Board on Biosecurity, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • 2004-2007 Scientific Advisory Board, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, North Carolina
  • 2003-2007 Scientific Advisory Board, Saccharomyces Genome Database, Stanford University
  • 2000-2002 Scientific Advisory Board, Geneformatics Inc.
  • Ongoing Panelist for multiple DOE, NSF and Genome Canada grant programs
  • Ongoing Ad Hoc Reviewer for NSF, NASA, DOE, NIH, and other grants

Editorial Boards

  • 2008-present Academic Editor in Chief, PLoS Biology
  • 2006-present Editorial Board, Biology Direct
  • 2004-present Editorial Board, PLoS Computational Biology
  • 2003-present Editorial Board, PLoS Biology
  • 2003-2007 Editorial Board, Molecular Biology and Evolution
  • 1999-2007 Editorial Board, Genome Research
  • 2004-2006 Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Evolution
  • 2001-2003 Editorial Board, Microbiology

Teaching Experience

  • 2008-2010 UC Davis, Fall Quarter, Biological Sciences 2C: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life, Co-taught with other faculty including James Doyle, Brad Shaffer, and Susan Keen, 600 students
  • 2007-2010 UC Davis, Spring Quarter, Workshop in Applied Phylogenetics, Guest Lecture
  • 2008, 2010 UC Davis, Microbial Phylogenomics, Taught full course
  • 2007 UC Davis, Spring Quarter, CLIMB (Collaborative Learning in Mathematics and Biology), Guest module lectures
  • 2002-2004 MBL Genome Sequencing and Analysis Course, Co-design and guest lectures
  • 2003 IGERT Visiting Fellow in Comparative Genomics, U. Arizona, 1 week
  • 1999-2003 MBL, Short Course on Molecular Evolution, Guest Lecturer
  • 1999-2001 CSHL Genomics Course, Guest Lecturer
  • 1999-2003 Jackson Lab Genome Sequence Analysis Course, Guest Lecturer
  • 1996-1998 Stanford University “SME Core: The Heart”. Head Teaching Assistant and Co-Course Designer with Profs. David Botstein, Rick Myers, David Cox, et al.
  • Ongoing Guest lectures on “Genomics” or “Phylogenomics” in dozens of courses at UC Davis, UMD, and JHU over the last 14 years.


Press coverage




Blog and other online writing