Note: Jose Hernandez was a Business Development Fellow in 2017/18. This interview was conducted in fall 2017.
Jose Hernandez is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He earned his bachelor of science in bio-engineering from the University of California, Merced. His research focuses on reducing the amount of greenhouse gas allowed to reach the upper atmosphere.
Note: Jenna Harvestine was a Business Development Fellow in 2017/18. This interview was conducted in fall 2017.
Jenna Harvestine is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. She graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and has experience as a research and development intern with the High Performance team at Rust-Oleum.
Note: Jordan Greer was a Business Development Fellow in 2017/18. This interview was conducted in fall 2017.
Jordan Greer has a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in civil engineering from UC Davis. Her current research incorporates microbiology into civil engineering and involves the use of bacteria in soil to prevent seepage and create sustainability.
Note: Anita Rajamani was a Keller Pathway Fellow in 2017/18. This interview was conducted in fall 2017.
Anita Rajamani is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and is currently working on an interdisciplinary project at the interface of nutrition, inflammation and cardiovascular diseases. While she finds it extremely satisfying to have her work published, Rajamani would ultimately like to translate her academic research into a commercial diagnostics product.
Note: Nicole Nunez was a Keller Pathway Fellow in 2017/18. This interview was conducted in fall 2017.
After receiving a B.S. in molecular biology at UC Davis and an M.S. in biochemistry at San Francisco State University, Nicole Nunez is pursuing a Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry with a designated emphasis in biotechnology. Her current research involves designing innovative cancer chemotherapy therapeutics.
Sara Amirpour Haredasht
Creating prediction tools to better understand disease outbreaks in livestock farms
Note: Sara Amirpour Haredasht was a Keller Pathway Fellow in 2017/18. This interview was conducted in fall 2017.
Sara Amirpour Haredasht is a postdoctoral scholar developing new, model-based monitoring and prediction tools to understand infectious disease dynamics. Her recent research involved modeling the spatio-temporal dynamics of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome cases at the farm level, using geographical distance and pig trade network matrices.
This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Fei Chang was a 2016/17 Business Development Fellow.
Fei Chang is a six-year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department. He will receive his degree this summer. As a graduate student, Chang had a one-year medicinal chemist internship at GlaxoSmithKline working on drug discovery. In late 2016 he cofounded Furanica Inc. to commercialize his patented technology of producing furan fatty acids as nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.
This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Stephen Young was a Keller Pathway Fellow.
Note: This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Shalini Shankar was a 2016/17 Business Development Fellow.
Note: This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Shea Feeney was a 2016/17 Business Development Fellow.
Shea Feeney received her B.S. with a double major in biochemistry and cellular & molecular biology from San Francisco State University in 2014. That fall she joined the UC Davis Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology graduate group and is now a Ph.D. candidate.
Note: This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Xingchen Liu was a 2016/17 Business Development Fellow.
Xingchen Liu is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry graduate program, pursuing a major in fiber and polymer science. Xingchen earned her B.S. in textiles at Donghua University, the world-class textile engineering college in China, and her M.S. in textiles & clothing at UC Davis.
Deciphering mechanisms to improve fruit and vegetables flavor, nutritional value and shelf-life capacity
This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Marcarena Farcuh was a Keller Pathway Fellow.
Macarena Farcuh earned both her B.S. and her M.S. in agricultural sciences at the University of Chile, Santiago. She has several years of experience working with industry and as a research associate facilitating the collaboration between academia and industry partners. She is now a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group, Plant Sciences at UC Davis.
This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Pui Yan Ho was a Keller Pathway Fellow.
A predoctoral candidate in the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (BMCDB) graduate group, Pui Yan Ho earned her B.S. in biotechnology at UC Davis. She is passionate about molecular biology and the advancement of feasible pharmaceuticals using cell machinery.
Note: This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Rouzbeh Kananizadeh was a 2016/17 Business Development Fellow.
Rouzbeh Kananizadeh began his UC Davis doctoral program in 2012 and is now a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. He earned his B.S. at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.
Note: This interview was conducted in spring 2017, when Kay Watt was a 2016/17 Business Development Fellow.
Kay Watt is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Integrative Genetics and Genomics graduate group, and the Plant Sciences department. She is a NSF GRFP fellow, a Fulbright scholar and a former Peace Corps volunteer. She has a BA in religious studies from Smith College, and a BS in biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Rafael Braz Reboucas Lourenço
Using satellite and high-altitude platforms to alleviate the impact of disasters in communication networks
Rafael Braz Rebouças Lourenço is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Networks Laboratory in the UC Davis Computer Science Department. He is a determined, communicative and enthusiastic person who loves practicing sports, getting in touch with nature and learning new things. He is an engaged and committed engineer with tolerance for workload, a focus on results, and strong analytical skills. Lourenço completed his telecommunications engineering major at the University of Brasília; during his time there, he interned at diverse companies, startups and public offices.
Samantha Feng is a Ph.D. candidate in pharmacology and toxicology, with an emphasis in biotechnology. She is active member of ESTEME, Equity in STEM and Entrepreneurship, a graduate student-initiated program, and is passionate about translating advanced bench bed technology into exciting potential market opportunities.
Dustin Heeney is a second-year Ph.D. student in the microbiology graduate group at UC Davis, and a member of the Marco lab in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine. The Marco lab specializes in the study of multiple aspects of lactic acid bacteria, including microbial physiology and host microbe interactions.
Researching and promoting the benefits of breast massage for a better breastfeeding experience
Note: This profile was published in April 2016 when Anna Sadovnikova was a 2015/16 Keller Pathway Fellow.
Anna Sadovnikova is a first-year MD/Ph.D./IBCLC student at UC Davis and the CEO and co-founder of LiquidGoldConcept, a breastfeeding education company.
Jackie Overton is nearing the final stages of her Ph.D. in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. She has a long-time fascination with how brain function shapes our perception and makes us who we are. Overton completed a BSc in cognitive science at UC San Diego, where she became very interested in early development and the lifelong impacts that early experiences can have on our endocrine systems. Her undergraduate work focused on the relationship between maternal care and the developing stress response and effects on development of attentional systems in infants.