Dr. Judith Kjelstrom, Program Director

Dr. Judy Kjelstrom

Recent Presentations


Curriculum Vitae


California State University, Sacramento     Biological Sciences     B.S.     1972
With a concentration in clinical laboratory technology
Summa cum laude (inducted into Phi Kappa Phi)
UC Davis Medical Center     School of Medical Technology     M.T.     1973
Board certified by California (Dept. of Health Services) & National (ASCP)
Maintain current license as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, which requires a minimum of 12 hours on continuing medical education per year.
University of California, Davis     Microbiology     Ph.D.     1992
Dissertation: Development of a Serological Fingerprint for the Diagnosis of Nocardial Infections.
Advisor: Blaine L. Beaman, Professor and Chair of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Graduated with Honors (inducted into Phi Sigma - Biological Sciences Honor Society)
University of California, Davis                 Summer 1996, 1997
Completed the intensive courses in Biotechnology: Introduction to Recombinant DNA and Advanced Molecular Biology Institute (sponsored by the National Science Foundation).

Academic and Professional Positions

April 2006 - present     
Co-Director, HHMI-IMBS Training Program
Sept. 2004 - present     
Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program
Oct. 2001 - Sept. 2004
Acting Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program
2002 - present     
Lecturer in Microbiology (Division of Biological Sciences, UC Davis)
Lecturer in Molecular & Cellular Biology (DBS- UC Davis)
Program Coordinator, NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology
2000 - present     
Director of the ADP (Advanced Degree Program) for Corporate Employees
1999 - 2001     
Associate Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program
1999 - present     
Program Coordinator, Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) graduate program
1998 - 1999     
Lecturer in Microbiology at UC, Davis
      •  Biology 1A (cellular and molecular biology focus)
1997 - 1999     
Full time Temporary/Adjunct Biology Professor at American River College in Sacramento, CA
      •  Microbiology/Bacteriology as well as Anatomy & Physiology
1994 - 1998     
Full time Temporary /Adjunct Biology Professor at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA
      •  Microbiology as well as non-majors Biology and Human A & P
1996 (Fall)     
Adjunct Biology Professor at California State University, Sacramento, CA
      •  General Biology
1994 - 1995     
Biology Professor at Cosumnes River College in Placerville and Folsom, CA
1982 - 1985     
Clinical Microbiologist (Assistant Supervisor) at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL
1973 - 1977     
Medical Technologist (Clinical Laboratory Scientist)
UC Davis Medical Center - Pathology Sacramento, CA
Clinical Chemist in Special Procedures: Gel Electrophoresis, Radioimmunoassay and Toxicology. Also rotated into General Chemistry and Urinalysis Departments. Oversaw the In-service and Medical Technology trainee education

Related Activities and Accomplishments

2006 - present
Co-PI for a joint NSF project with American River College: Applied Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Training for High School Teacher (DUE: 0603481)
2005 - present
Co-Founder and member of Advisory Board for BioTech SYSTEM, a regional biotech consortium
2005 - present
Founding member of the CBST (Center for Biophotonic Science and Technology) Educational Program Review Committee
2003 - present
Member of the Executive Committee for the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research (CIFAR)
2003 - present
Member of the Board of Director of SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance)
2003 - present
Co-PI for a joint NSF project with American River College: Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics for Community College Faculty (DUE-0302940)
2002 - present
University council member for Agrowknowledge (an NSF-ATE center for agriscience education)
2002 - present
Program coordinator for the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology for pre-doctoral candidates. Directed by Bruce Hammock, Martina Newell-McGloughlin and Karen McDonald (T32-GM08799) from July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2006. The Biotechnology Program is the administrative home.
2002 - present
Co-instructor for two graduate seminars:
MCB/ECH 294 (Current Progress in Biotechnology), offered fall, winter and spring quarters. Seminar speakers are recruited from industry, academia as well as government. (DEB requirement).
MIC 292 (From Discovery to Product: An Introduction to Biotechnology at the Industrial Level - a joint project with Novozymes Biotech, Inc.). DEB elective.
2001 - present
Member of the Community Advisory Council for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSU, Sacramento
2000 - present
Member of the UCD Biological Safety Administrative Advisory Committee. Elected as Vice Chair in 2003
2000 - present
Member of the Regent's Scholarship Administrative Advisory Committee
2000 - present
Member of Biotechnology Advisory Board of the North Valley & Mountain Biotechnology Center (housed at American River College), Solano and Merced Community Colleges and Davis Senior High School. Assist in curriculum development and procurement of supplies and equipment.
2000 - present
Director of the ADP (Advanced Degree Program for Corporate Employees). A PhD program for working professionals.
2000 - 2003
Co-principal Investigator for the NSF-ATE grant: Tools to Teach Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics to Community College Teachers (DUE-0053291). Co-developed the bioinformatics course.
1999 - present
Coordinate the summer Biotechnology Short Courses for graduate students, faculty, post-doctoral scholars, technical staff and industry. Courses offered: Advanced PCR Techniques, Proteomics, Introduction to Bioinformatics and DNA Microarray Analysis
1999 - present
Program Coordinator for the Designated Emphasis of Biotechnology (DEB ) graduate program. The Biotechnology Program is the administrative home for the DEB program. Website: www.deb.ucdavis.edu. Mentor close to 70 graduate students and assist them in locating three-six month research internships in various biotechnology companies or government laboratories (MCB 282 internship is a DEB requirement).

Honors / Professional Organizations

Associate Member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
ASCP Recognition Award for Outstanding Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (awarded for 5 consecutive 3-yr terms: 1988-2000).
Member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM).
Member of Phi Sigma Honor society for Biological Sciences.
Life Member of Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society).
Life Member of CSU, Sacramento and UC Davis Alumni Associations.
Member of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS).
Associate Member of the UC Davis Cancer Center (2000- present).
Member of Gamma Sigma Delta-Davis Chapter: an Honor Society in Agriculture.
  Member of Sacramento Advocates for Girls' Empowerment (SAGE) and MentorNet.
  Board Member of SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance; 2000-present)
  Founding Member of BioTech SYSTEM (a regional biotechnology consortium for training, education and mentoring for middle/high school teachers & students; 2005-present)
  Member of the 2008 California Issues & Trends (CIT) class of Leadership California
  Co-Chair of the Sacramento Regional Council for Leadership California; 2009-present
  Seed Biotechnology Center University Partner; 2008-present
  Associate Member of PALCUS (the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the U.S.; 2008-present)
  Member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW); 2008-present
  Sacramento State Community Council for the President; 2009-present
  Member, Rotary Club of Sacramento, 2009-present




Editing / Reviewer

2012 Interview on Transgenic Technology, Newspaper Article, August 3, 2012, Yiming Chen,
Chief Correspondent of People's Daily in China.
2012 http://www.leadershipcalifornia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3367. Dr. Judy Kjelstrom
Expands Program to Close Biotech Skills Gap., Website, July 26, 2012, Leadership
2012 The DEB Graduate Program is a unique program, Website, Feb 26, 2012, UC Davis
BMCDB Blog (http://bmcdb.wordpress.com/).
2012 Focus on STEM education. Also was featured on the CHI blog: http://
html, Website, Feb 2012, CHI.
2012 Closing The Skills Gap -http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i24/Closing-Skills-Gap.html,
Magazine Article, June 2012, Chemistry & Engineering News (Linda Wang author).
2012 Focus on the DEB grad program's internships: http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/
career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2012_03_09/caredit.a1200029, Magazine
Article, March 2012, Science Careers (Clifford Mintz).
2012 Blog on Science Education: http://californiahealthcareinstitute.blogspot.com/2012/02/
speaker-spotlight-judith-kjelstrom-phd.html, Website, Feb 2012, California Healthcare
2010 UC Davis Biotechnology Program (interview), Magazine Article, Feb 2010, Christi
Whittmore (author)- 2010 California Biomedical Industry Report.
2009 Building a Biotechnology Workforce Through Multiple Partnerships.:http://
democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a19/Biotech/default.aspx, Other, Dec 7, 2009, Informational hearing of the State Assembly Select Committee on Biotechnology (chaired
by Assemblyman Jerry Hill).
2009 Creating alternatives in science by Nicole Guimond Gravagna, Magazine Article, 2009,
Journal of Commerical Biotechnology (2009) 15, 161 – 170.
2009 Venturing in New Ventures (Carol Milano interviewer), Magazine Article, July
2009, Science.(AAAS):http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/
2008 Biotech Education (the DEB graduate program was featured), Magazine Article, March
2008, Nature: http://www.nature.com/nrd/journal/v7/n3/full/nrd2542.html.
Grant reviewer for Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) "Collaborative Research & Training Experience" (CREATE) program to expand the range of education experiences available to undergraduate students, graduate students and Post-doctoral Fellows. Reviewed a "Bioenergy & Bioproducts Research Training Program".
Grant reviewer for North Carolina biotechnology Center Education Grants
Reviewer for the Amgen Monograph III - Biologics and Other Biotechnology-Related Agents Major Trends
Contributor to the Biotechnology chapter (chapter 17) of the introductory text; Plant Biology by Rost, et. al., second edition, Thomson Brooks/Cole editors. In addition to editing and offering suggestions for updates, created a sidebar section on RNA interference (pg 284). Release date: 2006.
Profile of Judith Kjelstrom, director of the Biotechnology Program, Newspaper
Article, August 8, 2003, Shttp://www.bizjournals.com/industries/health_care/
biotechnology/2003/08/11/sacramento_focus3.html acramento Business Journal:.
Project reviewer of Nutrigenomics: Concepts and Technologies, edited by Kaput and Rodriguez (Wiley-Intersciences).
Project reviewer of Nutrigenomics: Concepts and Technologies, edited by Kaput and Rodriguez (Wiley-Intersciences).
An editor and informational contact person for the CA&ES brochure on Agricultural Biotechnology - What are the Issues?.
Reviewer for a DANR publication: Production of Therapeutic Proteins in Plants by Kent Bradford and Bruce Thomas.
2001 Edited three units and contributor to test bank for Prentice Hall: Scott Freeman's Biological Sciences, first edition.
2001 Served on the Editorial Committee for the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom's Educational Resource: "From Genes to Jeans" for grades 7-9.
2001 - present Listed as a Scientific Expert for Biotechnology, Food Safety & New Technologies (with contact information) in the IFIC's 2002-04 Food Insight- Media Guide on Food Safety and Nutrition.
1999 - present Reviewer for College-level Biology Textbooks published by Prentice Hall, John Wiley & Sons and Delmar Pub. Co.