About Us

Jonathan Eisen
Faculty Director Dr. Jonathan Eisen


The mission of the Microbiome Special Research Program is to elevate the status of UC Davis as a world leader in integrative microbiome work and become the campus hub to coordinate and organize efforts in microbiome research across all UC Davis Colleges and Schools. 

Our main objectives are to:

  • Improve communication and networking between researchers: internal and external
  • Provide a virtual hub for dissemination of microbiome related funding, collaboration opportunities, and data
  • Catalyze research through seed funding programs
  • Address training gaps at the graduate and post graduate level
  • Raise the profile of microbiome research performed at UC Davis


Faculty Advisory Committee

Satya DandekarSatya Dandekar

Professor & Chair

Medical Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine


James GriesemerJames Griesemer

Professor & Chair

Philosophy; Center for Science and Innovation Studies


Peter LeePeter Lee


School of Law; Center for Science and Innovation Studies


Stanley MarksStanley Marks


Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine


David MillsDavid Mills

Professor, Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science

Food Science and Technology; Viticulture and Enology


Debbie NiemeierDebbie Niemeier


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Helen RaybouldHelen Raybould


Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine


Jorge RodriguesJorge Rodrigues

Associate Professor

Land, Air, & Water Resources


John StachowiczJohn Stachowicz

Professor and Chair

Evolution & Ecology; Center for Population Biology; Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute


Dawn SumnerDawn Sumner 


Earth and Planetary Sciences


Elaine WaetjenElaine Waetjen


Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine