Alex Cunningham earned a B.S. in business managerial economics at UC Davis and was a 2019/20 Keller Pathway Fellow. He is passionate about health, business and management. Having a large scope of impact in the world is important, and Cunningham is excited to contribute to projects meant to improve the quality of lives. His current focus is to find the best model for bringing healthy meals affordably to the public.
Jill Hagey is a Ph.D. candidate of animal biology with a designated emphasis in host-microbe interactions in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. She earned an M.S. in animal biology after completing a B.S. in cellular and microbial biology at UC Davis. Jill is passionate about identifying ways to modulate the microbiome in livestock to reduce disease, increase nutritional content of food, resolve animal welfare concerns, mitigate environmental impacts of concentrated farming and encourage more judicial use of antibiotics
After obtaining a B.S. in chemistry at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Shabnam Jafari continued her education with a M.S. in organic chemistry from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Today Jafari is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis and a graduate student researcher. She is also a 2019/20 Keller Pathway Fellow. While working on many projects, one of her favorites is developing an optical sensor for the detection of opiate (e.g.morphine) in the body fluid of patients
Shawn Kamboj is a first-year biological psychology Ph.D. student at UC Davis and a 2019/20 Business Development Fellow. After receiving his B.S. in cognitive and behavior neuroscience from UC San Diego, Kamboj spent a year conducting research as a post-baccalaureate scholar in Virginia and a summer working at the National Institute of Mental Health—the world’s largest research institute specializing in mental illness.
Julia Kerr is a fourth year Ph.D. student studying analytical chemistry at UC Davis and a 2019/20 Business Development Fellow. After earning a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics cum laude at Miami University, Kerr worked as an undergraduate researcher in their chemistry department, analyzing the effect of weather on the pH and ion levels in ponds on campus. Beyond her position as a graduate student researcher, she also works on the social media team for the UC Davis department of chemistry.
Thuy Le is pursuing her M.S. in health informatics at UC Davis and a 2019/20 Business Development Fellow. She was previously research coordinator for UC Davis Health’s “All of US” program. Le wants to play a role in the way information technology is organized and analyzed to improve health outcomes for patients. Specifically, she plans to work with providers to design methods for data collection that are more inclusive of patient and caregiver perspectives.
Jin Sol Lee is an internal medicine resident at UC Davis Health and a 2019/20 Keller Pathway Fellow. Lee obtained his B.S. and M.D. at UCLA and his MPH at Fielding School of Public Health. He is the co-founder and CEO of Fruitful Health.
Harold Linde is an MFA student in the Department of Design at UC Davis and a 2019/20 Business Development Fellow. His research is focused on designing empowering containment implements—along with accompanying habits and stories—to bolster university students’ relationships with their digital devices. He is also designing new forms of “immersive tea experiences” that re-imagine ancient tea ceremonies for modern audiences.
Shasta McMillen earned a B.S. in clinical nutrition at UC Davis and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nutritional biology. She is a 2019/20 Keller Pathway Fellow. She is a graduate student researcher in the UC Davis Nutrition Department and a teaching assistant for nutrition courses. In addition to her research in the lab, McMillen is a former certified yoga instructor.
Mwaura Livingstone Nganga works at the UC Davis Genome Center and is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Plant Biology Graduate Group. He is a 2019/20 Business Development Fellow. He became interested in biology and agriculture while growing up in Kabete, Kenya. After obtaining his B.S. in biochemistry and biotechnology from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, Nganga enrolled at UC Davis to acquire the skills necessary for translating science into a vehicle of positive social and economic change in society.