University of California

The University of California is among the oldest public institutions of higher education in the United States, with its first campus established in 1869 in Berkeley, California. The UC comprises 10 campus, 5 medical research centers, and 3 national laboratories, and confers diplomas in more than 150 academic disciplines.

Role and key persons: 

ESR3 will be hosted and principally supervised by Associate Professor Beth Shapiro, founder of the UCSC PGL. Shapiro has expertise in the extraction and analysis of ancient, degraded, and complex specimens and collaboration with experts in the California wine industry.

ESR8 will be cohosted by Professor David Mills of UC Davis, whose lab are a pioneer in bacterial metagenomics in food science.

Research facilities, infrastructure and equipment: 

The UCSC laboratory comprises 2,00 sq. ft. of laboratory space in the Biomedical Science Building on the main campus at UCSC. In addition, the PGL includes a recently renovated 750 sq. ft. dedicated degraded sample and ancient DNA handling facility, isolated from other genetics processing/ characterization facilities.