Business Development Fellows

Fabio Anza

  • Business Development Fellow
Fabio Anza is a postdoctoral researcher working on quantum information and quantum technologies. He holds a three-year fellowship from Templeton World Charity Foundation to study the complex behavior of quantum systems, both for fundamental reasons and for future technological purposes. Fabio holds a B.S. in physical sciences, a M.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics.

Yike Chen

  • Business Development Fellow
Yike Chen is a graduate student in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis; he holds a B.S. and master’s degree in biological engineering. Chen's research interests focus on organic waste management and bioenergy production from waste materials. During his study in Davis, he has been working with the dairy and almond industries in California to provide technical and scientific support while helping them develop economical and sustainable waste management practices.

Angel Cobo

  • Business Development Fellow
Angel Cobo is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate of chemistry who designs and builds complexity and functionality into biologically relevant molecules. He aims to further his research designing new-age therapeutics with enhanced therapeutic activity, utilizing silicon as a novel building block. Angel aspires to translate his technical skills towards building a biotech company with a focus on the development of small molecule pharmaceuticals.

Youtian Cui

  • Business Development Fellow
Youtian Cui is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry with over six years of research experience in solving real-world problems by chemical biology and synthetic biology techniques. Youtian received his B.S. and M.S. in bioengineering from Jiangnan University in China. During the research career, he had successfully developed innovative ideas of engineering various enzymes for different applications, resulting in more than seven publications and two patents. His simple pleasure outside the lab includes hiking, playing video games, and learning new knowledge.

Cheyanne Harris

  • Business Development Fellow
Prior to graduate school, Cheyanne Harris worked at an environmental engineering consulting firm on pipeline and pump station design projects. Cheyanne received her B.S. in civil engineering from University of the Pacific in 2017 and developed a passion for sustainable infrastructure while studying abroad in Japan. A native of Sacramento, Cheyanne is interested in exploring opportunities for entrepreneurship at the intersection of infrastructure implementation and community stewardship.

Luis Eduardo Contreras Llano

  • Business Development Fellow
Luis is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the biochemistry, molecular, cellular and developmental biology graduate group. He holds a B.E and a M.S. in biotechnology and has carried out research in areas such as plant & microbial biochemistry, molecular biology and synthetic biology. Currently, Llano works in the laboratory of Dr. Cheemeng Tan, where his research focuses in two main areas: the development of novel cell-free protein synthesis systems, and the engineering of natural & artificial cells.

Alaknanda Mishra

  • Business Development Fellow
In her current role, Alaknanda Mishra works as a postdoctoral fellow and her research involves the study of retinal degeneration disorders, their pathology and underlying mechanisms in both animal models and human samples. Mishra is working towards potential therapeutic strategies to rescue retinal structure and function manifested during retinal degeneration. Besides research, she has demonstrated great skills in project design, execution and management, lab management, and various other leadership roles including helping set up a new lab at UC Davis.

Ryan North

  • Business Development Fellow
In his current role, Ryan is a Ph.D. student and responsible for quantifying non-human primates’ behavior before and after injury in collaboration with the Nationals Primate Research Center in Davis. He plans to then use the same methodology in a human population so that there is a more direct translative method in evaluating rehabilitation techniques between populations. Ryan hold a B.S in mechanical engineering and B.S in aerospace engineering from West Virginia University.

Achala Rao

  • Business Development Fellow
Achala Rao is a master’s student in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering; she received her B.Sc in biological systems engineering from UC Davis in 2019. Rao is an entrepreneur and synthetic biology enthusiast. She was a bioprocess engineer at NovoNutrients and is co-founder of PHIXED SYSTEMS, which won the CleanStart Award in the 2020 Big Bang! Business Competition. Rao is committed to the global movement for sustainability and to empowering female leaders. In her free time, she enjoys reading and painting portraits.