CAMPOS Scholars

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2018-2019 Cohort 2016-2017 Cohort
2015-2016 Cohort 2014-2015 Cohort

 

2018-2019 Cohort

Fawn A. CothranFawn Cothran
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2018-2019) and Assistant Professor, Family Caregiving Institute, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
Fawn A. Cothran is an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She works to advance the vision of Family Caregiving Institute to support health and well-being for persons with chronic and serious illnesses as well as their family and caregivers, with an emphasis on older adults.

 


Wilsaan JoinerWilsaan Joiner
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2018-2019) and Assistant Professor, College of Biological Sciences, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine
Wilsaan Joiner studies how we use different sources of information to aid behavior, ranging from visual perception to movement planning and updating. Specifically, his laboratory is interested in how external and internally-generated sensory information is integrated in healthy individuals, in comparison to certain disease and impaired populations (e.g., Schizophrenia and upper extremity amputees). He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard University and the National Eye Institute. Prior to UC Davis, he was a faculty member in the Bioengineering department at George Mason University. More information about his research can be found at https://biology.ucdavis.edu/people/wilsaan-joiner
 

Rose KagawaRose Kagawa
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2018-2019) and Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Violence Prevention Research Program, School of Medicine
As a social epidemiologist, Rose Kagawa uses impact evaluation and causal inference methods to understand the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence and firearm violence. She is particularly interested in social and environmental interventions on health, including urban decay remediation in high crime areas and poverty reduction interventions. Dr. Kagawa received her PhD in Epidemiology and her Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
 

James A.  LettsJames A. Letts
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2018-2019) and Assistant Professor, College of Biological Sciences, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
James’ research program focuses how the body converts energy from the food that we eat into a form that can be used by cells across many essential processes. He seeks to characterize the structures and functions of important membrane proteins involved in energy conversion in order to learn about how they work and how their dysfunction results in disease.
 

2016-2017 Cohort

Samuel Díaz-MuñozSamuel Díaz-Muñoz
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Sam Díaz-Muñoz studies the social lives of viruses. His research focuses on the evolution, ecology, and molecular mechanisms of virus-virus interactions using genomics, experimental evolution, and environmental microbiology. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to UC Davis,  he  was a Faculty Fellow at New York University. http://samdiazmunoz.org

 

HeffernMarie Cuevas Heffern
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Marie’s research program seeks to define and control the unique and dynamic chemistry of transition metals in biology from the molecular level to the whole animal. She seeks to investigate the bioinorganic chemistry of hormones in area of research that she terms “metalloendocrinology”. Understanding the influence of metals in facilitating and disturbing this biochemical balance will impact approaches to diet, pharmacology, and toxicology as they apply to endocrine disorders spanning diabetes, liver disease, and cancer. The Heffern Lab.

 

Rebecca HernandezRebecca Hernandez
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Assistant Professor of Land, Air and Water Resources
Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources. Dr. Hernandez earned her Ph.D. in Earth System Science from Stanford University, a M.S. in Biological Science from CSUF, and earned a degree in Geography from UCLA. Her research foci includes the study of ecology, energy, and global environmental change particularly in water-limited ecosystems and human environments. https://www.aridlab.org

Maureen KinyuaMaureen Njoki Kinyua
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Maureen Njoki Kinyua is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on livestock, human and solid waste treatment and nutrient and energy recovery for communities, especially those in developing countries. This research assists in improving their public health, environmental and economical status which concurrently increases their quality of life. She received her PhD from University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and did her post doctoral research at Columbia University. Faculty webpage.

Veronica Martinez-CerdenoVerónica Martínez-Cerdeño
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Verónica’s goal is to determine the etiology and the pathology of autism spectrum disorders. She also studies the role of stem cells in the development, evolution, and pathogenesis of mammalian cerebral cortex. Her laboratory studies autism in the postmortem brain with the goal of discovering new treatments for autism. Verónica trained at the Complutense and Autónoma Universities in Madrid, and at Columbia University, UCSF, and UC Davis.

 

Veronica L. MoralesVerónica L. Morales
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Verónica L. Morales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her work is driven by interest in discovering physical and chemical processes at the micro-scale that control macro-scale transport and long-term fate of contaminants in soils and groundwater. She received her PhD from Cornell University and was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich.

NunoMiriam A Nuño
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Associate Professor in Biostatistics and In Residence of Surgery
Miriam’s research interests focus on the design and analysis of observational studies, primarily in the context of public health research. Her research emphasizes on three areas: comparative effectiveness research in cancer, causal inference methods, and application of mathematical models with observational data for the prediction of patient outcomes. In collaboration with surgeons, radiation oncologists, and neurologists, Miriam’s work aims to provide outcomes, quality of life and access to care for patients diagnosed with cancer and other conditions.

rudolphKara Rudolph
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Violence Prevention Research Program
Kara Rudolph is a social epidemiologist who applies and develops causal inference methods to studying social and contextual influences on mental health, substance use, and violence. She received her PhD in Epidemiology and Masters in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. Faculty webpage.

 

 

Jeanette RuizJeanette Ruiz
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Communication
Jeanette Ruiz is a Lecturer (LPSOE) for the Department of Communication at UC Davis. She specializes in strategic communication with a specific interest in emerging practices and concepts in digital and social media. In addition to her appointment in the Department of Communication, she has served as a human resources and public relations consultant for various nonprofit, managed health care and finance organizations. Dr. Ruiz’s research focuses on public health communication and the Internet. Faculty webpage.

Jesús M. VelázquezJesús M. Velázquez
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2016-2017) and Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Jesús M. Velázquez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis. He’s currently developing a research program  centered on the rational design of well-defined materials at the meso and nanoscale. The target materials have immediate applications in nanoelectronics, energy conversion devices and environmental remediation. Faculty webpage.

 

2015-2016 Cohort

caporaleNatalia Caporale
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2015-2016) and Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Natalia Caporale was born in Argentina, where she conducted her undergraduate studies in Biology at the prestigious Universidad de Buenos Aires. She then came to the US to pursue her PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley, where she conducted research into the cellular and circuit mechanisms of learning and memory in Dr. Yang Dan’s lab. While at Berkeley, Dr. Caporale was awarded the HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship (2002-2007), and also several awards for her teaching and dedication to her students.

Fernanda FerreiraFernanda Ferreira
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2015-2016) and Professor of Psychology
Fernanda Ferreira was born in Portugal and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. She received her Bachelors degree (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, a Masters in Linguistics and another in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 1988 from UMass. Before coming to UC Davis, she was a member of the faculty at Michigan State University and at the University of Edinburgh.
 

Juliana Maria Leite Nóbrega de Moura BellJuliana Maria Leite Nóbrega de Moura Bell
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2015-2016) and Assistant Professor of Food Science and Technology
Dr. de Moura Bell holds a Ph.D. in Food Technology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her Ph.D. training in France at the European Institute of Membrane (IEM) and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) where she worked on the enzymatic synthesis of structured lipids and its purification by the use of membrane filtration and supercritical carbon dioxide extraction (SCCO2).

 

 

rodriguezRebecca Calisi Rodriguez
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2015-2016) and Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez studies how hormones in the brain stimulate and inhibit sexual behavior and reproduction. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University. Dr. Calisi Rodriguez originally attended college to study studio art and theater. An interesting turn of events and serendipitous exposure to inspirational scientists led her to become a neurobiologist. More on her research can be found at www.rebeccacalisi.org.

 

ALEXIS PATTERSONAlexis Patterson
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2015-2016) and Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education
Alexis Patterson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education. Her research lies at the intersection of equity studies, social psychology, and science education. Recent projects have focused on equity issues that arise when students work together on group projects in science and the role social-emotional skills play in facilitating equitable interactions between students. Driving her research is the desire to study the challenges facing those in the field of science education in order to reframe science learning in terms of diversity and access. Faculty webpage.

2014-2015 Cohort

BarlowJacqueline Barlow
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2014-2015) and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Dr. Barlow is a biologist who studies the etiology of DNA damage and mechanisms for its repair.

 

 

 

CerdaMagdalena Cerdá
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2014-2015) and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Violence Prevention Research Program
Dr. Cerdá is a social epidemiologist who addresses the social and structural determinants of health, including such important problems as violence, substance abuse, and mental illness.
 

 

 

Cruz-OrengoLillian Cruz-Orengo
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2014-2015) and Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology
Dr. Cruz-Orengo studies rodent models of neurological disorders, including trauma, chronic pain, and inflammatory-induced neurodegeneration. Faculty page.

 

 

Rubio GonzalezCindy Rubio Gonzalez
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2014-2015) and Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Rubio Gonzalez is a software engineer who focuses on developing and applying program-analysis techniques to make software more reliable. Faculty page.
 

 

La TorreAnna La Torre
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2014-2015) and Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
Dr. La Torre combines molecular and cellular biology, stem cells, and mouse studies to study neuronal development. Faculty page.

 

 

VazquezMariel Vazquez
CAMPOS Faculty Scholar (2014-2015) and Professor of Mathematics and of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Dr. Vazquez is a mathematical biologist with a specialization in the applications of topology to the study of DNA. Faculty page.