Annual UC Davis Biotechnology Program Retreat
Held in early spring, the annual UC Davis Biotechnology Program Retreat showcases the research of affiliated students through ten minute STEMTalks and a poster competition that emphasizes interdisciplinary science communication. We also invite program alumni and industry partners to share research updates and career journey vignettes. As a community of practice, the retreat offers an opportunity to come together and celebrate new innovations and research progress that can make a positive impact on global health, agriculture and natural resource management.
Recent Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) student winners of the STEMTalks and Biotech Poster Competition are highlighted below.
2020 Research Presentation Winners
1st Place STEMTalk - Nitin Beesabathuni (Chemical Engineering, Shah Lab), "An Engineering Approach to Measure Autophagy"
2nd Place STEMTalk - Yixing Lu (Food Science, Nitin Lab), "Customizable Future Supplements: Matrix Effect on Bioaccessibility of Encapsulated Micronutrients"
Audience Favorite STEMTalk - Angela Zhang (Chemistry, Atsumi Lab), "Microbial Production of Human Breast Milk Sugars"
1st Place Poster - Morgan Matson (Chemistry, Atsumi Lab), "Electrical-Biological Hybrid System for Co2 Reduction in Escherichia coli"
2nd Place Poster - Mary Xiong (Chemical Engineering, McDonald/Nandi Lab), "Development and Characterizations of a Plant-Recombinant Therapeutic for Bone Loss During Space Missions"
2019 Research Presentation Winners
1st Place STEMTalk - Morgan Matson (Chemistry, Atsumi Lab), "Developing Production of a Plant Alkaloid in a Microbial Host"
2nd Place STEMTalk (tie) - Anita Rajamani (Biomedical Engineering, Passerini Lab), "Dietary Lipoprotein Composition Modulates Endothelial Expression of VCAM-1, an Early Marker of Atherosclerosis"
2nd Place STEMTalk (tie) - Jackie Whitehead (Biomedical Engineering, Leach Lab), "Nanoparticle-Mediated Morphogen Delivery to Instruct Mesenchymal Stem Cell Spheroids"
Audience Favorite STEMTalk - Matt McNulty (Chemical Engineering, McDonald/Nandi Lab), "Re-Thinking Pharmacological Life Support for Human Habitation on Mars"
1st Place Poster - Amanda Dang (Materials Science Engineering, Kuhl Lab), "Delivery of Biomolecules into Model Membranes using Nanolipoprotein Particles"
2nd Place Poster - Angela Zhang (Chemistry, Atsumi Lab), "Production of a Plant Alkaloid in a Microbial Host"