CAMPOS Faculty Director; CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2014-15 Cohort)
Professor Vazquez holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics (College of Letters and Sciences) and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (College of Biological Sciences). Her research lies at the interface of mathematics, polymer physics, and molecular biology. She specialize in the application of topological tools to study DNA. Her work is currently focused on two lines of inquiry: (1) DNA Topology: the mechanism of site-specific recombination, topoisomerase action, and the packing of chromosomes in human cells and viral capsids; using mathematical tools including know theory, low-dimensional topology, and Monte Carlo simulations; and (2) Chromosomal Aberrations and Cancer: analysis of cancer genomic data and mechanisms of repair pathways; using biophysical models, graph theory, and topological data analysis.
Dr. Vazquez takes over from Founding Director, Dr. Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, professor emeritus at the Betty Irene More School of Nursing at UC Davis Health.
Read more about Dr. Vazquez's work here: "Discovering Curiosity: The Tangled Fate of Math and Biology with Professor Mariel Vazquez"
Tom first started working on diversity and inclusion issues at UC Davis in May 2015 when he was recruited to a be graduate student researcher on the Chancellor's Strategic Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion Task Force that culminated with the publication of a comprehensive report in 2017 and the creation of the Vice Chancellor's Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He currently works as a part-time analyst in that office providing policy research and project management. Tom also designed and maintains the office's website.
Tom is also a part-time instructor at Sierra College where he teaches classes on American women's history and the survey courses in American history.
He received is Ph.D. in history from UC Davis in 2018.