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CAMPOS Faculty Scholars

CAMPOS Faculty Scholars by Cohort  
2021-2022 2016-2017
2020-2021 2015-2016
2019-2020 2014-2015
2018-2019  

2021-2022

Anya Brown

Assistant Professor, Evolution and Ecology, Bodega Marine Lab (Joining faculty in summer 2022)
After finishing her Ph.D. in 2018 at the University of Georgia, Dr. Brown held the John J and Katherine C Ewel Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida and a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Scholar. Dr. Brown’s research combines ecological experiments with genetic analysis of microbiome composition using DNA sequence data to test the indirect effects of microbes in modulating host phenotypes. Dr. Brown has published 9 papers (lead author on 8), including papers in strong disciplinary journals in her field such as Ecology, Oecologia, and Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Her contributions to DEI are impressive for her career stage. In the classroom she has been committed to creating a welcoming environment by showcasing case studies from scientists from a diversity of backgrounds. She is also a committed mentor and founded a group dedicated to this at her Ph.D. institution, UGA Women in Science. Currently, she is a member of SciAll.org, a group that seeks to “de-mystify science, counteract scientist stereotypes and capture the attention of the public to encourage entry into the sciences”. She was an organizer of the 2020 Unity in Diversity virtual meeting of the International Society for Microbial Ecology.

Kristen George

Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences
Dr. George is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in lifecourse cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and their contributions to disparities in cognitive impairment and aging, particularly among Black Americans. Her project assessing adolescent and early adulthood CVD risk factors and late life cognition in an all-Black cohort of older adults, the first study to do this, was featured at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in July of 2020 as part of their media campaign and was just published in Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. During her time as a postdoctoral scholar at U.C. Davis, she has published 7 first author papers.

Additionally, during her time at U.C. Davis, Dr. George has leveraged opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research, guest lecture in the Fundamentals of Epidemiology course, and participate as a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee.

Marco I. González

Associate Professor, Neurology, School of Medicine
Before joining U.C. Davis this summer, Dr. Gonzalez was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in the Department of Pediatric Division of Neurology.  Dr. Gonzalez received his MS and Ph.D. at Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Mexico in 1994 and 2000, respectively. From 2005-2008, he served as a Research Associate at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. From 2008-2010, Dr. Gonzalez served as an Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Denver, CO and from 2010-2017, he served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine until his promotion in 2017 to Associate Professor of Pediatrics. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of epileptogenesis to develop disease-modifying therapies to prevent epilepsy.

Dr. Gonzalez’s background as an immigrant and underrepresented minority make him keenly aware of the challenges that URM students face in academia. Dr. Gonzalez has demonstrated his commitment to the recruitment and mentoring of URM students as evidenced through his participation as a mentor in the Graduate Experience for Multicultural Students (GEMS) at University of Colorado, the Child Health Research Internship at University of Colorado, the Pre-K and K-to-R Program at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and the Mentoring Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Scholars (MINDS).  

Joseph Teran

Professor, Mathematics
Professor Joseph Teran is a world leader in computational mathematics, using novel, physically accurate, numerical methods to simulate the motion of materials in complex situations such as snow in avalanches, baking bread, and virtual surgery. His research creates tools for scientists, movie animators, and surgeons to visualize (in real-time) physical systems with a level of detail and accuracy that was previously impossible.

Professor Teran is Mexican-American, born and raised in Northern California, with a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. In 2005 he received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University under the direction of Professor R. Fedkiw. From 2005-2007 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the prestigious Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. This postdoctoral position was followed by an Assistant Professorship of Mathematics at UCLA.

Professor Teran is also an outstanding mentor. He has already graduated 22 PhD students and is currently mentoring another 5. From these, 6 are women and 4 are from underrepresented minorities (LatinX). Professor Teran’s contributions to diversity have also been significant. From 2016 to 2018 he was member of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) human resources advisory committee to develop programs and recruit students from underrepresented minorities and since 2017 he has been member of the UCLA physical sciences diversity committee to develop diversity requirement for majors in the physical sciences. In recognition for his work and commitment to diversity work he was plenary or invited speaker at Blackwell-Tapia 2012, SACNAS 2014, 2016 ACM Richard Tapia celebration of diversity in computing, UCLA/IPAM LatMath 2017 and 2018, and at the 2017 Math Alliance Field of Dreams.

2020-2021

Jairo Fúquene-Patiño

Jairo Fúquene-Patiño

Assistant Professor, Statistics
Fúquene-Patiño holds a B.S. in Statistics (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.S., in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from UC Santa Cruz where he was Chancellor’s Fellow (2011). He obtained his Ph.D. in 2018 from University of Warwick and most recently was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University. 

His research focuses on developing methods and computationally scalable approaches for a variety of data-driven problems with an emphasis on Bayesian model selection, Weakly Informative Priors and Bayesian modeling with extreme values, in conjunction with applications to economic time series, Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), clinical trials, environmental data, survey sampling data among others. 

Fúquene-Patiño developed a deep understanding of how barriers affect minority students on an instructional level during his time as a full-time lecturer at the University of Puerto Rico, in his daily contact with students from underrepresented backgrounds as well as students from the LGBTQ community. According to the department of statistics chair, Alexander Aue, “Being the first faculty member from a Latin background in the Department of Statistics, Jairo will be instrumental in removing barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education for our majors and graduate students.” As a statistical consultant with global public health organizations, Fúquene-Patiño delivered vital and new statistical methodologies for public health institutions in developing countries -- data which he analyzed and used effectively to improve the health of Colombians. This work has led to a new line of research in Fúquene-Patiño’s portfolio, namely, this is directly tied to public policies aimed at improving health outcomes for the disadvantaged.

Theanne N. Griffith

Theanne N. GriffithAssistant Professor, Physiology and Membrane Biology
Griffith has a B.A. in Neuroscience and in Spanish from Smith College, and obtained her Ph.D. in 2015 from Northwestern University. She received her postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Ellen A. Lumpkin (Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University; 2015-19). Dr. Griffith was most recently an instructor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience of Rutgers University. 

Dr. Griffith is a neuroscientist interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying thermal sensations in both health and disease. Her current work combines electrophysiology, transgenic mouse models, and behavioral studies to investigate how cold sensation is encoded in peripheral sensory neurons. She is also interested in the mechanisms underlying neurological complications in sickle cell anemia, in which cold-induced pain crises are a prominent pathological feature. Dr. Griffith was a Diversity Fellow for the Neuroscience Scholars Program under the Society for Neuroscience (2011-2014), and currently serves as a Class Advisor for this program. Additionally, she was a Leadership Fellow for the Northwestern University Center for Leadership (2013-2014).

Dr. Griffith is also a children’s book author. She has published three books of in a science adventure chapter book series entitled “The Magnificent Makers.” Luis F. Santana, chair of Physiology and Membrane Biology at the UC Davis School of Medicine notes, “she is the first faculty candidate I have met in my long career that performs as a scientist, advocate, teacher, and communicator at the highest level.” As such, Dr. Griffith’s passions include science outreach in underserved communities. She notes “I firmly believe the ‘leaky pipeline’, as it pertains to racial and ethnic minorities in academic science, begins much earlier than graduate school...As an African American woman scientist, it is extremely important that I am seen by such children.” She writes that her goal is “creating a strong peer network can prevent feelings of isolation that are common for scientists from minority groups.” In her mentorship, Dr. Griffith’s main goal is to instill agency in the members of her lab. She enjoys teaching students at all levels, from introductory courses to topical classes to teaching medical students the basic principles of physiology.

Tiffani Johnson

Tiffani JohnsonAssistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Johnson’s research portfolio reflects her commitment to improving the quality of care for underserved children. Her interdisciplinary research program is focused on race and racism and its impact on child health. She is currently exploring root causes of inequities in the healthcare and early childhood education settings, including research on racism and bias and its impact on the health and well-being of children. Her research has been funded by AHRQ, the RWJ Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, and the NIH. She is partnering with Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) to investigate disparities within the multisite PECARN Electronic Health Record Data Registry. Her leadership in PECARN includes serving as Chair of the Disparities Working Group, Disparities Consultant to the PRIME Node, and Co-Chair for the Protocol Review and Development subcommittee. Her research expertise has led to roles as Co-Chair of the Race in Medicine Special Interest Group of the Academic Pediatric Association, and extensive leadership in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) serving on the Taskforce on Addressing Bias and Discrimination (2017-2019), the Committee on the Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (2019-present), and the National Advisory Board for Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness (2019-present).

Dr. Johnson’s personal background played an influential role in shaping her career trajectory. Her experiences as a student in under-resourced urban public schools served as an early lesson in social inequities and fostered her interest in public policy. As a student at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she was exposed to the interface of medicine and policy and participated in a fellowship with the New Jersey Department of Health in the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health. She pursued a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) to combine clinical mastery with health services research that creates a platform to help children have equal access to opportunities that allow them to attain the highest quality of health. She completed her PEM fellowship at the University of Pittsburg, where she also received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Research.

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