Jonathan Eisen

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Jonathan Eisen
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Born Jonathan Andrew Eisen
1967/1968 (age 46–47)[1]
Nationality American
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Alma mater
Thesis The evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes (1998)
Doctoral advisor Philip Hanawalt
Doctoral students
Other notable students
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Notable awards
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Jonathan Andrew Eisen (born 1967 or 1968)[1] is an American evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis.[7][8] 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.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Education[edit]

Eisen completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College in 1990, earning an AB degree in biology.[15] He graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy from Stanford University in 1998 with a thesis on the evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes in 1998, supervised by Philip Hanawalt.[16]

Research[edit]

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

Eisen's research[2][17][18] 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.[19]

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.[4] According to Google Scholar[2] his most cited peer-reviewed papers are on the genome sequence of Plasmodium falciparum,[20] sequencing the Sargasso Sea[21] and a paper on the genome of Thermotoga maritima.[22]

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[23] and extensive coverage of work on searching for a "fourth domain" of life.[24][25] In addition, Eisen's blogging and microblogging work is frequently written about including for example.[26][27][28] His brother Michael Eisen is also a biologist.

Awards and honors[edit]

Eisen was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics) in 2011 and the Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest in 2002.[29] He was awarded the Walter J. Gores Award, Faculty Achievement Awards for Excellence in Teaching.[5] He was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Microbiology (FAAM).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gegger, Laura (December 24, 2012). "These Were a Few of Their Favorite Things". The New York Times. Jonathan Eisen: 44, evolutionary biologist, University of California, Davis, and academic editor in chief of PLoS Biology 
  2. ^ a b c Jonathan Eisen's publications indexed by Google Scholar, a free service provided by Google
  3. ^ Woolston, C. (2015). "Recognition: Build a reputation". Nature 521 (7550): 113. doi:10.1038/nj7550-113a. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b Office of the University Registrar – Walter J. Gores Awards | Student Affairs
  6. ^ a b http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/leadership/6291 UC DAVIS PROFESSOR NAMED AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MICROBIOLOGY FELLOW
  7. ^ http://phylogenomics.wordpress.com Web site for the laboratory of Jonathan A. Eisen
  8. ^ http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com Jonathan Eisen's Blog, The Tree of Life
  9. ^ Eisen, J. A. (2008). "PLoS Biology 2.0". PLoS Biology 6 (2): e48. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060048. PMC 2253640. PMID 18303952. 
  10. ^ "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
  11. ^ Jonathan Eisen's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Jonathan Eisen on Twitter
  14. ^ Jonathan Eisen: Meet your microbes (TEDMED 2012)
  15. ^ "Jonathan Eisen » Faculty". UC Davis Genome Center. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ Eisen, Jonathan Andrew (1998). The evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes (PhD thesis). Stanford University. 
  17. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  18. ^ Jonathan Eisen's publications indexed by the DBLP Bibliography Server at the University of Trier
  19. ^ Bio-IT World staff (March 15, 2011). "UC Davis’ Jonathan Eisen Wins 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award". Bio-IT World. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ Zimmer, Carl (December 29, 2009). "Scientists Start a Genomic Catalog of Earth's Abundant Microbes". The New York Times. 
  24. ^ "Plenty more bugs in the sea". The Economist. March 24, 2011. 
  25. ^ Dickey Zakaib, G. (2011). "The challenge of microbial diversity: Out on a limb". Nature 476 (7358): 20–21. doi:10.1038/476020a. PMID 21814255. 
  26. ^ Mandavilli, A. (2011). "Peer review: Trial by Twitter". Nature 469 (7330): 286–287. doi:10.1038/469286a. PMID 21248816. 
  27. ^ The Scientist Magazine® - Magazines
  28. ^ Brumfiel, G. (2009). "Science journalism: Breaking the convention?". Nature 459 (7250): 1050–1051. doi:10.1038/4591050a. PMID 19553969. 
  29. ^ The Maverick – Esquire[dead link]

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