UC Davis

executive board



ProfessorDavid Neale
Department: Plant Sciences
Email: dbneale@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-8413
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ProfessorBryan Jenkins
Department: Bio & Ag Engineering/CA Biomass Collaborative
Email: bmjenkins@ucdavis.edu
ProfessorDewey Ryu
Department: Chem Eng & Mat Sci/Biochemical Engineering Program
Email: ddyryu@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-8954
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Research: Bioprocess Technology development for biofuels and biorefinery products from renewable agricultural and silvicultural resources; Biochemical Engineering with Biomolecular Engineering emphasis; Metabolic Pathway Engineering; Quantitative Systems Biology for analysis of gene expression and secretion of recombinant gene products; Recombinant and non-Recombinant Fermentation Technology; Mammalian Cell Culture Technology for production of therapeutic proteins and Controlled proliferation of adult stem cells; Biocatalysis and Enzyme Technology for biotransformation of high-value-added products
ProfessorJohn Labavitch
Department: Plant Sciences
Email: jmlabavitch@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-0920
Research: Plant cell wall metabolism as part of plant developmental events (fruit ripening, plant-pathogen and plant-insect interactions). The roles of wall metabolism and cell wall polymer-degrading enzymes in bioconversion of lignocellulose.
ProfessorJean VanderGheynst
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Email: jsvander@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-0989
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Research: My research emphasizes agricultural biotechnology and bioenergy production. Current projects include biomass storage systems, identification of enzymes and metabolic pathways for deconstruction of lignocellulose, transient expression of recombinant proteins in plants using agroinfiltration, and production and processing of microalgae for bioenergy and bioproducts.
ProfessorZhiliang (Julia) Fan
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Email: jzfan@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-0317
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Professor and Assoc DeanKaren McDonald
Department: Chem Eng & Materials Science
Email: kamcdonald@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-8314
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Research: Plant-based expression systems, bioprocess engineering and economic analysis of in-planta production of lignocellulose degrading enzymes for use as 1) plant-made additive enzymes, 2) cell wall loosening modifications and/or 3) self-processing/deconstruction of biomass. Transient plant-based expression systems using plant viral amplicon technologies in harvested green tissues.
ProfessorSharon Shoemaker
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Email: spshoemaker@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530-752-2922
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ProfessorSteve Kaffka
Department: Plant Sciences/UC Cooperative Extension
Email: srkaffka@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530 752-8108
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Research: New biofuel crops (oilseeds, sweet sorghum, and sugar cane). Sugar crops and some alternative biomass crops (salt-tolerant grasses). Biomass distribution, abundance, and potential for electricity and transportation fuel use. Director, California Biomass Collaborative. Member: California Air Resources Board's expert work groups on Indirect Land Use Change, and on Sutainablity Standards. Member: National Research Council Comittee on Economic and Environmental Effects of Biofuels.