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Jonathan Eisen
Eisen in 2013
Jonathan Andrew Eisen

(1968-08-31) August 31, 1968 (age 55)
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
ThesisThe evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes (1998)
Doctoral advisorPhilip Hanawalt

Jonathan Andrew Eisen (born August 31, 1968)[5] is an American evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis.[3][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]



Eisen completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College in 1990, earning an AB degree in biology.[12] 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.[13]


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

Eisen's research[3][14][15] 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.

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[3] 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 honors


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.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Microbiology (FAAM).[2] He was awarded the UC Davis ADVANCE Scholar Award in 2019, for his work to improve gender equity in STEM through teaching, research, and service.


  1. ^ a b "Office of the University Registrar – Walter J. Gores Awards | Student Affairs". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/leadership/6291 Archived May 14, 2016, at the Wayback Machine UC DAVIS PROFESSOR NAMED AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MICROBIOLOGY FELLOW
  3. ^ a b c d Jonathan A. Eisen publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  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 978-0-87969-684-9.
  5. ^ Gegger, Laura (December 24, 2012). "These Were a Few of Their Favorite Things". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 6, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2017. Jonathan Eisen: 44, evolutionary biologist, University of California, Davis, and academic editor in chief of PLoS Biology
  6. ^ McDermid, Charles (December 30, 2021). "UC Davis microbiome expert weighs in on the Omicron variant and shares his evolving thoughts on eating out, indoor events and long Covid". Sactown Magazine. Archived from the original on April 16, 2023. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  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". March 24, 2011. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011. article about Jonathan Eisen in The Economist
  9. ^ Eisen, Jonathan A.'s publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  10. ^ The Arabidopsis Genome Initiative, I. (2000). "Analysis of the genome sequence of the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana". Nature. 408 (6814): 796–815. Bibcode:2000Natur.408..796T. doi:10.1038/35048692. PMID 11130711.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Eisen: Meet your microbes (TEDMED 2012)". Archived from the original on January 18, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  12. ^ "Jonathan Eisen » Faculty". UC Davis Genome Center. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  13. ^ Eisen, Jonathan Andrew (1998). The evolution of DNA repair genes, proteins, and processes (PhD thesis). Stanford University.
  14. ^ Jonathan Eisen publications indexed by Microsoft Academic
  15. ^ Jonathan A. Eisen at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  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. Bibcode:2002Natur.419..498G. doi:10.1038/nature01097. PMC 3836256. 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. CiteSeerX doi:10.1126/science.1093857. PMID 15001713. S2CID 1454587.
  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. S2CID 4420157.
  19. ^ Zimmer, Carl (December 29, 2009). "Scientists Start a Genomic Catalog of Earth's Abundant Microbes". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "Plenty more bugs in the sea". The Economist. March 24, 2011. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 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. Bibcode:2011Natur.469..286M. doi:10.1038/469286a. PMID 21248816.
  23. ^ "The Scientist Magazine® - Magazines". Archived from the original on April 12, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  24. ^ Brumfiel, G. (2009). "Science journalism: Breaking the convention?". Nature. 459 (7250): 1050–1051. doi:10.1038/4591050a. PMID 19553969.
  25. ^ The Maverick – Esquire Archived October 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine