Benjamin Wang M.D. has been focused on creating positive change since he first stepped on the Davis campus as an undergraduate. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology, Wang enrolled in medical school at the University of Miami.
There, he was deeply moved by the death of a young patient, who succumbed to ventilator-associated pneumonia. “Seeing someone that young and not being able to help them drove me to seek a solution,” he said.
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.
Matt Wright is a second-year graduate student in the microbiology and molecular genetics program. He earned his BS in microbiology at UC Davis in 2010 and started research before graduation in host-microbe interaction and plant biochemistry. His first job after graduation was at a biotech company in Sacramento, where he worked on metabolic engineering and fermentation. After this, he did diagnostic microbiology work in veterinary pathology before deciding to return to school.
Justin Klein is Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and president of the Optics, Photonics and Imaging Society at UC Davis. His current research focuses on developing new biomedical imaging technology, and he recently received a two-year award from the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
Klein is also highly interested in harnessing advances in medical imaging to address tasks in security and defense areas such as surveillance, threat and contraband detection.
Yunze Zeng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science. He received his BS in telecommunications engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, in 2012. As an undergraduate, he was a visiting student at UC San Diego.
Outside of academics, Zeng loves hiking and outdoor photography.
Note: This interview was conducted during Yunze Zeng’s tenure as a 2015/16 Business Development Fellow.
Steven Grossenbacher is a Ph.D. candidate in the integrative pathobiology graduate group. He has a BS in neurobiology, physiology and behavior from UC Davis. Prior to his graduate studies, Grossenbacher held an in vivo technologist position at the Jackson laboratory, where he was responsible for designing and executing several preclinical studies in a contract research setting.
Natthiporn Aramrueang is a postdoctoral researcher in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. After completing her BSc at Mahidol University in Thailand, she received a scholarship from the Royal Thai government to pursue her master’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in biological systems engineering at UC Davis.