Afzal received his BSc in electrical engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology and his MSc form Sharif University of Technology. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. at UC Davis. Afzal is the recipient of UC Davis Graduate Fellowship in 2017.
Keller Pathway Fellow
Cesar Bartolo-Perez earned his B.S. in technology at National Autonomous University of Mexico and his M.Sc. in electrical engineering at INAOE. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis, developing ultra-fast optical devices for biosensing, imaging and optical communications.
Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu is a chemical engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Howard University. At age 14, she began studying at the university and after graduating with honors at 18, she came out with her book "Tales of an Uber Minor in College". Chidi-Ogbolu holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from UC Davis. She is now a third-year biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate with a focus on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Nick Hosein rejoined the Ph.D. program at UC Davis after taking three years off to launch a fashion wearable technology company, Kábrya, as well as to work full time as a life coach across Europe and the Americas. He has his M.S. from UC Davis in artificial intelligence and algorithms design for low-power embedded systems and his B.S. from UC Berkeley in electrical engineering and computer science.
Devi Jayakrishnan is starting her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology in the fall, and holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., Devi worked in Dr. Angela Gelli’s pharmacology lab where she optimized protein production with the aim of improving transportation across the blood-brain barrier.
Maryam Ghadiri Khanaposhtani is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Education, where she works with a team of natural history museum practitioners and education researchers in California and the U.K. Her research focuses on understanding how youth learn when engaged in citizen science programs led by natural history museums. Ghadiri holds a bachelor’s in environmental science and a master’s in conservation biology, both from the University of Tehran, Iran.
Meredith Roberts is the director of external relations at Sierra Energy, a gasification technology startup based in Davis. Roberts earned her B.S. in entomology at UC Davis and has been in the environmental field for over 15 years, working in business development, strategic planning, communications and fundraising for both private industry and the nonprofit sector. She is an MBA candidate in the Graduate School of Management.
Saad Soroya is a junior research specialist at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He works on the implementation of digital health tools to bridge specialist care delivery gaps in underserved communities, leveraging complex data to develop machine learning models to advance cardiac therapy. Soroya holds a B.S. in molecular miology specializing in data science and public health. A Sacramento native, he is happy to be back in his hometown and enjoys spending his free time playing sports and being a hobbyist chocolatier.
Emily Steliotes is a Ph.D. student in agricultural and environmental chemistry. She is conducting her PhD research under the mentorship of Professor Chris Simmons in the Department of Food Science and Technology. Her dissertation work focuses on converting food waste into safer and more sustainable chemical products. As a Keller Pathway Fellow, Emily is exploring the commercial potential of this work as well as deepening her knowledge of entrepreneurship and business development.