BIOTECHNOLOGY TRAINING RETREAT
For the past 19 years, the Biotechnology Program has organized a Training Retreat for fellowship recipients and their mentors, industrial affiliates and our DEB students and faculty members. The retreat is held each Winter or Spring Quarter at Christian Brothers Retreat and Conference Center in the Napa Valley. At the retreat, the fellows and the industry affiliates give oral presentations on their research. In addition to these oral presentations, poster sessions (open to all attendees) are held to stimulate one-to-one interactions.
Pictured are 2009-2010 NIH & Biotech Fellows: (Front) Raquel Orozco- Alcaraz, Sunny Shah, Rena Goodman (Back) Rashida Lathan, Dave Dallas & Daniël Melters Other Photo: Geetika Joshi, Dmitry Grapov and Thuc Nghi Nguyen.
All Biotechnology Fellows are invited to the conference. The retreat has the reputation for outstanding interactions of both academic and industrial trainers in many and varied disciplines of biotechnology. It also offers new perspectives on how academic research can contribute to advancing industrial biotechnology and vice versa. Considerable time is allotted for casual interactions and discussions which has been known to foster subsequent research projects. For more photos, access the website here.
ADVANCED DEGREE PROGRAM FOR CORPORATE EMPLOYEES (ADP)
TheAdvancedDegreeProgramforCorporateEmployees(ADP)isaninnovative program that allows the working professional to complete a doctorate in a number of graduate programs within the Biological Sciences and Engineering programs. The ADP is coordinated by the Biotechnology Program in conjunction with Graduate Studies, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Center for Neuroscience. It is a very successful academic-industry partnership.
One of the highlights of the year is our annual luncheon in which the faculty and administrators interact with ADP students and the corporate mentors. It is also a time to introduce the program to prospective company employees.
Current ADP Participants and Mentors:
Daniel Bedinger (MCIP Graduate Group) and Marina Roell, PhD
(Xoma, LLC, in Berkeley). UC Davis mentor: Professor Sean Adams.
Brooks Hayes (CDB Graduate Group) and Thera Mulvania, PhD
(Expression Systems, Inc. in Woodland). UC Davis mentor: Professor Bruce Hammock, Entomology
Joseph Jacobs (GGG Graduate Group) and Jovan Djordjevic, PhD
(Harris Moran Seed Co., in Davis). No UC Davis mentor as yet.
Shaunese Lambel (Genetics Graduate Group) and Eileen Kabelka, PhD
(Harris Moran Seed Co., in Davis). UC Davis mentor: Professor Roger Chetelat, Plant Sciences.
Joseph Jacobs with children (including pepper plants)