Jonathan Eisen

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Jonathan Eisen
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Jonathan Eisen
Born Jonathan Andrew Eisen
Nationality American
Fields
Institutions
Alma mater
Thesis The evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes (1998)
Doctoral advisor Philip Hanawalt
Doctoral students
  • Elizabeth Wilbanks
  • Russell Neches
  • Marisano James
  • Srijak Bhatnagar
  • Ladan Doroud
  • Christopher Beitel
  • Cassie Ettinger
Known for
Notable awards
Website

Jonathan Andrew Eisen is an American evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis.[5][6] His academic research is in the fields of evolutionary biology, genomics and microbiology and he is the academic editor-in-chief of the open-access journal PLoS Biology.[7][8][9][10][11]

Education[edit]

Eisen completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College and a Doctor of Philosophy at Stanford University on the evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes in 1998, supervised by Philip Hanawalt.[12]

Research[edit]

Eisen featured in a comic strip by Jorge Cham on the occasion of Open Access Week 2012.

Eisen's research[1][13][14] focuses on the origin of novelty, how new processes and functions originate in living things. To study this, he focuses on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis.

In 2011 Eisen was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics) for promoting open access in the life sciences.[15]

Eisen together with Nick Barton, Derek E.G. Briggs, David B. Goldstein, and Nipam H. Patel is an author of the undergraduate textbook, Evolution, that integrates molecular biology, genomics, and human genetics with traditional evolutionary studies.[2] According to Google Scholar[1] his most cited peer-reviewed papers are on the genome sequence of Plasmodium falciparum,[16] sequencing the Sargasso Sea[17] and a paper on the genome of Thermotoga maritima.[18]

Prior to working at UC Davis he was an Investigator at The Institute for Genomic Research.

Eisen and his work is routinely discussed in the scientific and popular press. Examples include a New York Times article on the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea in 2009[19] and extensive coverage of work on searching for a "fourth domain" of life.[20][21] In addition, Eisen's blogging and microblogging work is frequently written about including for example.[22][23][24] His brother Michael Eisen is also a biologist.

Awards and honours[edit]

Eisen was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics) in 2011 and the Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest in 2002.[25] He was awarded the Walter J. Gores Award, Faculty Achievement Awards for Excellence in Teaching.[3] He was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Microbiology (FAAM).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c List of publications from Google Scholar
  2. ^ a b Nipam H. Patel; Barton, Nicholas John; Derek E. G. Briggs; Eisen, Jonathan; Goldstein, David I. (2007). Evolution. Plainview, N.Y: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. ISBN 0-87969-684-2. 
  3. ^ a b Office of the University Registrar - Walter J. Gores Awards | Student Affairs
  4. ^ a b http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/leadership/6291 UC DAVIS PROFESSOR NAMED AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MICROBIOLOGY FELLOW
  5. ^ http://phylogenomics.wordpress.com Web site for the laboratory of Jonathan A. Eisen
  6. ^ http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com Jonathan Eisen's Blog, The Tree of Life
  7. ^ Eisen, J. A. (2008). "PLoS Biology 2.0". PLoS Biology 6 (2): e48. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060048. PMC 2253640. PMID 18303952. 
  8. ^ "A new domain of life: Plenty more bugs in the sea, The Economist". 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-06-09.  article about Jonathan Eisen in The Economist
  9. ^ Jonathan Eisen from the Scopus bibliographic database.
  10. ^ The Arabidopsis Genome Initiative, I. (2000). "Analysis of the genome sequence of the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana". Nature 408 (6814): 796–815. doi:10.1038/35048692. PMID 11130711. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Eisen on Twitter
  12. ^ Eisen, Jonathan Andrew (1998). The evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes (PhD thesis). Stanford University. 
  13. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  14. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  15. ^ Bio-IT World staff (March 15, 2011). "UC Davis’ Jonathan Eisen Wins 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award". Bio-IT World. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  16. ^ Gardner, M. J.; Hall, N.; Fung, E.; White, O.; Berriman, M.; Hyman, R. W.; Carlton, J. M.; Pain, A.; Nelson, K. E.; Bowman, S.; Paulsen, I. T.; James, K.; Eisen, J. A.; Rutherford, K.; Salzberg, S. L.; Craig, A.; Kyes, S.; Chan, M. S.; Nene, V.; Shallom, S. J.; Suh, B.; Peterson, J.; Angiuoli, S.; Pertea, M.; Allen, J.; Selengut, J.; Haft, D.; Mather, M. W.; Vaidya, A. B.; Martin, D. M. A. (2002). "Genome sequence of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum". Nature 419 (6906): 498–511. doi:10.1038/nature01097. PMID 12368864. 
  17. ^ Venter, J. C.; Remington, K.; Heidelberg, J.; Halpern, A.; Rusch, D.; Eisen, J.; Wu, D.; Paulsen, I.; Nelson, K.; Nelson, W.; Fouts, D. E.; Levy, S.; Knap, A. H.; Lomas, M. W.; Nealson, K.; White, O.; Peterson, J.; Hoffman, J.; Parsons, R.; Baden-Tillson, H.; Pfannkoch, C.; Rogers, Y. H.; Smith, H. O. (2004). "Environmental Genome Shotgun Sequencing of the Sargasso Sea". Science 304 (5667): 66–74. Bibcode:2004Sci...304...66V. doi:10.1126/science.1093857. PMID 15001713. 
  18. ^ Fraser, C. M.; Clayton, K. E.; Gill, R. A.; Gwinn, S. R.; Dodson, M. L.; Haft, R. J.; Hickey, D. H.; Peterson, E. K.; Nelson, J. D.; Ketchum, W. C.; McDonald, K. A.; Utterback, L.; Malek, T. R.; Linher, J. A.; Garrett, K. D.; Stewart, M. M.; Cotton, A. M.; Pratt, M. D.; Phillips, M. S.; Richardson, C. A.; Heidelberg, D.; Sutton, J.; Fleischmann, G. G.; Eisen, R. D.; White, J. A.; Salzberg, O.; Smith, S. L.; Venter, H. O.; Fraser, J. C. (1999). "Evidence for lateral gene transfer between Archaea and bacteria from genome sequence of Thermotoga maritima". Nature 399 (6734): 323–329. Bibcode:1999Natur.399..323N. doi:10.1038/20601. PMID 10360571. 
  19. ^ Zimmer, Carl (29 December 2009). "Scientists Start a Genomic Catalog of Earth's Abundant Microbes". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "Plenty more bugs in the sea". The Economist. 24 March 2011. 
  21. ^ Dickey Zakaib, G. (2011). "The challenge of microbial diversity: Out on a limb". Nature 476 (7358): 20–21. doi:10.1038/476020a. PMID 21814255. 
  22. ^ Mandavilli, A. (2011). "Peer review: Trial by Twitter". Nature 469 (7330): 286–287. doi:10.1038/469286a. PMID 21248816. 
  23. ^ The Scientist Magazine® - Magazines
  24. ^ Brumfiel, G. (2009). "Science journalism: Breaking the convention?". Nature 459 (7250): 1050–1051. doi:10.1038/4591050a. PMID 19553969. 
  25. ^ The Maverick - Esquire[dead link]