Note: This interview was conducted in April 2014.
Anita Oberbauer’s father was a rancher, and he nurtured her interest in livestock when she was growing up. She earned a BS at UC Davis and then moved east to Cornell University for her PhD emphasizing food animal growth and development. These experiences instilled in her a deep abiding affinity for animal agriculture that is sustainable from environmental, economic and social perspectives.
Heather Shapiro graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Her research focused on using brain imaging and behavioral cognitive experiments to examine neural correlates of learning impairments in children with developmental disabilities. Heather is an alumna of the Business Development Fellows program 2010/11.
Heather is now the co-founder of Neurecall, an educational technology startup. We caught up with her in winter 2014 to learn more about her work.
As a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Viticulture & Enology, Tom Shapland’s project on surface renewal measurements of daily crop water use was funded through SATIC’s prototype seed fund program. Today Shapland is co-founder and CEO of Tule Technologies Inc., which is developing a sensor-based monitoring system that allows growers to use water more efficiently when irrigating their fields.This interview was conducted in 2013, while Shapland was at UC Davis.
Biodegradable plastics from wastewater
John Bissell is the CEO and co-founder of Micromidas, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company that is converting municipal wastewater sludge into bio-degradable plastic.
Anthony Santamaria is a postdoctoral researcher in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UC Davis.
(UPDATED OCTOBER 2013): Lorna de Leoz is currently employed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Mass Spectrometry Data Center.
Lorna has a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Davis, a Master of Science in chemistry and Bachelor of Science degrees in computer engineering and chemistry, all earned at Ateneo de Manila University. Lorna is a Food and Health Entrepreneurship Academy and Business Development Fellow alumna. The following Q & A took place in 2011.
Lori Miller is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the UC Davis Health System, Sacramento campus. She earned a doctor of philosophy in nursing science at the University of Washington, where she concurrently earned an Advanced Practice Environment Health Nursing Certificate.
Jenny Chang graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree with honors in genetics.During her undergraduate career, she received a Hilldale/Holstrom award for research, and participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in 2005. She began hergraduate school training at Loyola University of Chicago prior to moving to UC Davis in 2008 with her advisor. Currently, she is on a two-year predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association to fund her dissertation project.
John Bissell, Co-founder and CEO of Micromidas, talks about the value of the Green Tech Entrepreneurship Academy in his journey from lab to start-up.
Graham Ryland is passionate about creating robots that inspire young people to pursue careers in engineering and science. He focused on modular robotics for his graduate work at UC Davis, and was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug at the UC Entrepreneurship Academy in 2008—an early experience with the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship that has deepened into a rewarding relationship. In 2010 Ryland founded Barobo Inc., an educational robotics start-up, with his faculty advisor, College of Engineering Professor Harry Cheng.
Alumni Tim Keller and Collin Casper Savor VinPerfect’s Success
Start-up Produces the "Perfect" Wine Cap
Tim Keller MBA 08 has a dream—and the persistence to make it a reality. A UC Davis viticulture and enology alumnus, Keller worked for 12 years as a winemaker in Sonoma and Napa counties before enrolling in the Graduate School of Management.
Today he’s the co-founder and CEO of VinPerfect, maker of a revolutionary screwcap for wine bottles that is poised to turn the 21-billion-unit annual global market for wine closures on its head. He’s joined in this quest by former classmate Collin Casper MBA 08, VinPerfect’s co-founder and COO.