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DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE (Cont.)

The Advanced Degree Program (ADP) for corporate employees is still growing in its numbers of participants as well as company members. We now have six industry employees working on their PhDs in the College of Biological Sciences. This program is an outstanding example of how we can create win-win partnerships with industry. The newsletter has more details.

Outreach Activities continue to expand. Our Summer Short Courses are in high demand and serve as a training vehicle for both academics and industry scientists. The Biotechnology Event on Picnic Day is always a fun filled day for both our DEB students as well as the thousands of visitors. The BioTech SYSTEM serves the regional high school teachers and students and the Teen Biotech Challenge is exploding in the number of entries. I would like to thank Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung, Marianne Hunter and Demian Sainz for their dedication to these efforts. We are also grateful to the many volunteers- DEB students, UCD faculty and staff as well as our corporate partners! Community Service is Highly Valued in the Biotechnology Program and we urge our graduate students to get involved.

NIH-NIGMS TRAINING PROGRAM IN BIOMOLECULAR TECHNOLOGY BIOTECHNOLOGY TRAINEE FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS

2010-2011 NIH Fellows:

Dmitry Grapov, Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, (John Newman, Preceptor). Targeted Metabolomic Profiling and Bioinformatic Investigation of Lipid Mediator Effects in Dyslipidemia Associated Diseases.

Mateo Hernandez, Chemistry, (Donald Land, Preceptor). Transduction Dynamics of Lipid Bilayers Containing Additives.

Dmitry Grapov

Mateo Hernandez

Geetika Joshi, Soils & Biogeochemistry – Microbiology Emphasis (Kate Scow, Preceptor). Regulation of Methyl-tert-Butyl Ether Degradation Pathway in Methylibium Petroleiphilum Strain PMI and Application in Whole-Cell Biosensor Development.

Regina MacBarb, Biomedical Engineering (Kyriacos Athanasiou, Preceptor). Comparison of Stem Cell Sources in Cartilage Tissue Engineering For the Equine Athlete.

Daniël Melters, Cell & Dev. Biology, (Ian Korf & Simon Chan, Preceptors). Large Scale Characterization of Vertebrate Centromeric DNA.

Geetika Joshi

Regina MacBarb

Nancy Zeng, Chemical Engineering, (Bill Ristenpart, Preceptor). Microfluidic Investigation of Mechanotransduction and Vasodilatory Signaling in Human Erythrocytes.

2010-2011 Biotech Fellows:

Daniël Melters

Xiaoyan “Helen” Chen, Biomedical Engineering, (Tingrui Pan, Preceptor). Biomimetic Micro-Actuators for Cellular Biomechanics and Clinical Applications.

Sean Gilmore, Applied Science, (Atul Parikh Preceptor). Recapitulating Coupling Between Membrane Physical Properties and Biological Function Towards Synthetic Biology.

Helen Chen

Sean Gilmore

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