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Biotechnology Times

Fall 2010

An Annual Newsletter From The UC Davis Biotechnology Program

Marianne Hunter, Editor

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Well, another tumultuous year has gone by and the UC Davis Biotechnology Program is still standing. We have endured additional budget cuts and the closure of UCBREP (UC Systemwide Biotechnology Program), our office partner since 2001. Cathy Miller accepted a position as CAO in the Office of

Dr. Judy Kjelstrom

Research

in

September

and

Dr.

Martina

Newell-McGloughlin

is

transitioning into a new position (hopefully at UC Davis) at the end of the year. It is very difficult to say goodbye to our dear colleagues and friends.

The good news is that Demian Sainz has joined the Biotech Team as the account manager and Marianne Hunter has taken over Cathy’s duties as the grant administrator for the NIH Biotech Training Grant. Our staff is excellent in adapting to changing roles so that we are still able to maintain and grow our exceptional programs. Have you seen our new websites for the Biotechnology Program and the DEB? Kudos to Marianne for all of her hard work over the summer. She also developed a Biotech Facebook Page and LinkedIn site to keep our network of alumni, current students, faculty, industry partners and friends connected.

The Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) program continues to grow in the number of students, faculty and graduate programs. The DEB currently has close to 200 PhD students from 28 different disciplines. We continue to be the largest DE on campus. This program still is unique among pre-doctoral graduate training programs in the world. The DEB will undergo a Program Review in 2011- 2012, so be prepared for surveys and requests for data, if you are a DEB affiliate. We will also be asking for letters of support from our industry partners. It is important to have full participation so that we can show the value of the DEB on and off campus. Designated Emphases have an 8 year sunset clause and may be terminated if no longer relevant. Let’s make sure that the DEB continues for another 8 years.

As you know, The Biotechnology Program is an active partner on a number of other Training Grants including: 1) NIH NIGMS T32 Graduate Training Program in Biomolecular Technology; 2) Howard Hughes Medical Institute- Integrating Medicine into Basic Science (IMBS) Graduate Training Program; and 3) NSF CREATE-IGERT (Collaborative Research & Education in Agricultural Technologies & Engineering) Graduate Training Program. The HHMI-IMBS Training Program received a four year renewal this year and the other two training grants will be submitting grant renewals in 2011. Please see the newsletter for the names of the outstanding PhD student scholars in these training programs.

Director’s Message

1

NIH/Biotech Fellows

2

Biotechnology Internships (MCB 282)

3

DEB

Biotechnology Training Retreat

3 4

ADP

4 5

Biotech Event at Picnic Day

HHMI-IMBS Training Program

6

2009-10 Academic DEB Acolades

6-7

DEB Student Volunteerism

8

NSF CREATE- IGERT News

8

DEB Student News

9

DEB Graduates

10 10-11

BioTech SYSTEM News

Summer Short Courses

12

DEB Pizza Chalk Talks

12

Fall Seminar Series

13

Biotech Program Contacts

13

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