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Throughout the 2009-2010 academic year, there were many students in the DEB Program who received their PhDs with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology. These exemplary students took the full DEB coursework, including the 3 – 6 months internship (MCB 282). The Biotechnology Program is very proud of the hard work they put in to achieve their goals and would like to recognize them in this newsletter.

Zachary Bent – Ph.D. in Microbiology, currently has a Postdoctoral appointment at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore. Alina Rabinovich Cao – Ph.D. in Cell & Developmental Biology, now a Postdoctoral appointment in Prof. Peggy Farnham’s lab on campus. Laura Gillies – Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology. Jessica Houghton – Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology, now a Toxicologist at Dow Corning. Michael Howland – Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Prof. Alex Revzin’s lab at UC Davis. Nathaniel Leachman – Ph.D. in Cellular & Developmental Biology, now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Human Virology in Maryland. Karen Leung – Ph.D. in Genetics, currently has a Postdoctoral position at UCSF. Xianxian (Janice) Liu – Ph.D. in Microbiology, now a Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Santa Cruz. Sr. Scientist with Novozymes Biologicals in Salem, Virginia. David Sela – Ph.D. in Microbiology, currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Stanford School of Medicine in their department of Microbiology & Immunology. Jared Townsend – Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, currently holds a Scientist position at Sierra Sciences (Biotech company in Reno, NV). Don-Hong Wang – Ph.D. in Genetics. Andrew Wong – Ph.D. in Genetics, now a Field Automation Engineer at Tecan in San Jose. Chun-Yi (Jimmy) Wu – Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Surgery of UC Davis Medical Center. Kseniya Zakharyevich – Ph.D. in Microbiology, now a BPO Postoctoral Scholar at Novartis (very prestigious program in which the last 3 BPO Scholars have been DEB graduates).


Teen Biotech Challenge

In 2010, the BioTech SYSTEM continued to host the popular regional contest, Teen Biotech Challenge (grades 9-12). The Teen Biotech Challenge (TBC) is a webpage design competition for Northern California high school students. In 2010, over 450 students from 19 high schools participated.

The contest encourages students to hone their web design and presentation skills, while exploring a biotech topic and related careers. Students, teachers, parents and members of

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the biotech community came together at the 2010 Teen Biotech Challenge Symposium and

Jamison-McClung Awards Banquet to recognize student achievements. View the 2010 winning webpages on

the TBC website here.


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