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The annual UC Davis Research Expo showcases the latest research-related tools, resources and insights to help you advance your research programs and careers. The event includes exhibits, presentations and workshops. We welcome you to enjoy the full event or attend portions that are of particular interest.

This year, the main hall presentations will include a keynote address by Professor Jonathan Eisen on the hope and hype of microbiome research, followed by an introduction to the new Spaceflight Research Center by Vice-Chair for Research and former astronaut Steven Robinson.

You can also select from an array of morning and afternoon sessions to strengthen your skills and knowledge in specific areas related to research.

And new this year, we will be partnering with Seed Central to offer an extended afternoon session devoted to ag innovation, where we will bring experts from various specialties together with industry partners. This additional section will include a workshop, presentation and networking event.

If you are involved in research, you will not want to miss this event!




Who should attend: Faculty, post-docs, staff, research administrators, students and industry partners involved in research.

Cost: Free

When: Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: UC Davis Conference Center

Note: Alternative plans to stream sessions may be made available depending on the state of the evolving COVID-19 situation. Any such plans will be communicated to registrants as the date of the event approaches.




Schedule of Events:

Part One: Research Expo General Sessions

10:00-11:00 – Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Option 1: Publishing: Identifying the right journal and tips for a successful submission

    • Michael Ladisch, Scholarly Communications Officer

  • Option 2: Research administration, what’s new in 2020
    • Cindy Kiel, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration
  • Option 3: Protocol execution: A beginner’s guide to conducting research involving human participants
    • Dannelle Jimenez, Clinical Research Education Program Manager

11:15-12:30 – Main Hall Presentation

11:15-12:30 – Main Hall Presentation

  • 11:15- 11:20 Opening Remarks
    • Prasant Mohapatra, Vice Chancellor for Research
  • 11:20-12:10 – The Rise of Microbiome Science: From Hope to Hype and Hopefully Back to Hope
    • Jonathan Eisen, Director of the UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program and Professor in the Department of Evolution & Ecology
      • In his talk, Professor Eisen will discuss the rapid and recent rise of studies of communities of microbes (also known as microbiomes) including examples from research in his lab on comparative studies of microbiomes across diverse systems. He will also discuss the potential importance of microbiome studies to diverse systems as well as the exceptional amount of hype that has occurred in the field and the need for careful communication to prevent the hype from doing too much damage.
  • 12:10-12:30 – Meet the New UC Davis Center for Spaceflight Research
    • Steven Robinson, Professor Vice-Chair for Research, UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
      • In the fall of 2019, UC Davis established a Center for Spaceflight Research. In his talk, Professor Robinson will discuss some of the many opportunities for multi-disciplinary research in the rapidly-diversifying fields of both robotic and human-crewed spaceflight.

12:30-2:00 – Research Exhibits (lunch provided)

  • Over 50 exhibitors showcasing research, tools, services and opportunities for collaboration. View the full list of participants below.

2:00-3:00 – Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Option A: How to write a successful op-ed
    • Karen Nikos-Rose, UC Davis News and Media Relations
  • Option B: Conducting compliant human subject research: What to do after IRB approval
    • Nicole Walters, Trainer for the IRB Administration
  • Option C: High-Performance Computing for Research: UC Davis and national resources
    • John Conway, Faculty Director for the High-Performance Computing Core Facility
    • Julie Auger, Executive Director of the UC Davis Research Core Facilities Program

3:00-3:30 – Break

Part Two: Ag-Innovation (Collaboration with Seed Central)

3:30-4:30 – What’s New in Ag-Innovation and Commercialization

  • Dive into some of the latest advancements in microbiome research, new capabilities from related core labs and resources available to support commercial translation and partnerships.
    • Microbiome Research
      • Jonathan Eisen, Director of the UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program
    • Core Lab Facilities
      • Matt Settles, Manager of the Bioinformatics Core at the UC Davis Genome Center
    • Commercialization Resources and Opportunities
      • Kristine Johnson, Associate Director at InnovationAccess
      • Michael Carriere, Business Development Manager at InnovationAccess

4:30-6:00 – Networking & Ag-Related Exhibits (appetizers & wine provided)

  • Campus and industry exhibitors. View the full list of participants below.

6:00-7:00 – DNA Takes a Ride on a Nanotube: Genome-Edited Crops




Office of Research Exhibitors:

  • Animal Care Program

  • Innovation & Technology Commercialization

  • Institutional Review Board Administration

  • Interdisciplinary Research Support

  • Limited Submissions Program

  • Research Compliance & Integrity

  • Research Core Facilities Program

  • Research Unit Development & Strategic Initiatives

  • Sponsored Programs

Exhibitors from Across Campus:

  • AMCaT Laboratory

  • Biorepository and Clinical Research Oversight Committee

  • Biosafety & ChemTag

  • Biotechnology Program

  • Bodega Marine Laboratory Reserve

  • California National Primate Research Center

  • Campus Mass Spectrometry Facilities

  • Cellular and Molecular Imaging Core

  • Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

  • Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging

  • Clinical and Translational Science Center

  • Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute

  • Comparative Pathology Laboratory

  • Contained Research Facility

  • DataLab: Data Science and Informatics

  • Emergency Management & Mission Continuity

  • Emergency Medicine Research

  • Energy and Efficiency Institute

  • Feminist Research Institute

  • Field Research Safety

  • Flow Cytometry Shared Resource

  • Foundation and Corporate Engagement

  • Genomics Shared Resource

  • Global Affairs

  • Global Migration Center

  • Health Sciences District Advanced Imaging Facility

  • Innovation & Technology Commercialization

  • Institute for Global Nutrition

  • Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Institute of Transportation Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry

  • John Muir Institute of the Environment

  • Keck Spectral Imaging Facility

  • Lab Safety

  • Library, Researcher Services

  • Mouse Biology Program

  • Natural Reserve System

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

  • One Climate

  • Perinatal Origins of Disparities Center

  • Precision Medicine: All of Us Research Program

  • Polar Forum

  • Public Health- Environmental Health

  • San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science

  • School of Medicine Office of Research

  • Stable Isotope Facility

  • Status of Women at Davis Administrative Advisory Committee

  • Stem Cell Program and Gene Therapy Center

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Tahoe Environmental Research Center

  • Travel Medicine Program

  • Veterinary Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories

  • Western Agricultural Center



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South Entry Parking Structure, Lot VP 1 or Lot VP 2. Parking is $9, except for a few coin-operated metered spots ($.25 for ten minutes).

Permits may be purchased from the dispensers in the parking lots. The machines will accept quarters, $1 bills, $5 bills, Visa or MasterCard credit cards. Parking Map

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