Shawn Kamboj Business Development Fellow UC Davis

Shawn Kamboj
Deepening our understanding of emotions and dispositional anxiety

Note: Shawn Kamboj was a Business Development Fellow in 2019/20. This interview was conducted in winter 2020.

Shawn Kamboj is a first-year biological psychology Ph.D. student at UC Davis. After receiving his B.S. in cognitive and behavior neuroscience from UC San Diego, Kamboj spent a year conducting research as a post-baccalaureate scholar in Virginia and a summer working at the National Institute of Mental Health—the world’s largest research institute specializing in mental illness.

In a nutshell, describe your project or venture.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Fox, I am working toward broadening our understanding of the genetic and cellular variations that underlie the regulation of emotion and the biological underpinning of dispositional anxiety.

What are you most passionate about in your work?

My work falls within a category of topics that I am endlessly fascinated by.

Nothing exhilarates me more than knowing that I am fortunate enough to deepen my understanding.

What was the most important thing you learned at the Entrepreneurship Academy?

Learning the value of building a network of individuals with skills and expertise from varying fields.

Nothing exhilarates me more than knowing that I am fortunate enough to deepen my understanding.

What is most valuable about attending classes at the Graduate School of Management alongside MBA students?

As a doctoral student, I am working toward becoming a specialist in a very narrowly defined area of study. Unfortunately, as a result, the number of opportunities I have to interact with or obtain a perspective from someone who isn’t in an area of study closely related to my own is fairly sparse. Being able to take courses alongside MBA students allowed for a fresh perspective and is a great way to interact with individuals from across disciplines. 

What is the most useful thing you have learned in the GSM classroom?

Though all the classes were extremely informative, obtaining feedback from professors who have often launched one or more successful ventures and have years of experience in their respected fields is invaluable.

How will your experiences as a Business Development Fellow help you to change the world?

I don’t know that it will help me change the world—as that’s a fairly large feat to take on—but it has certainly made a meaningful impact towards the betterment of myself. Perhaps, as a result, I’ll be able to someday make a meaningful impact upon someone else.

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