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Early Career Investigator Programs

UC Davis faculty members have several opportunities to advance their careers and expand their research interests. Scholars are trained to design and oversee research in team settings — skills critical to a successful career.

Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women's Health

The BIRCWH K12 program creates an academic environment for women’s health researchers at UC Davis that facilitates their career development and encourages paradigm-shifting, interdisciplinary collaboration and team-based research approaches across our campus and beyond to advance research on women’s health and sex differences.

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Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology K12 Career Development Program

Combining key didactic, research and career development components to train independent and productive clinical oncology researchers, the K12 program’s curriculum is guided by two research tracks in basic/translational and clinical science. Faculty-level clinical and translational scientists near the beginning of their investigative careers are mentored in team-based, patient-oriented cancer research.

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Shared Resource Workshop Series

Co-developed by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Shared Resource and Office of Education, Training, and Career Development, the Shared Resource Workshop Series boosts cancer research productivity by deepening understanding of Shared Resource services; enabling investigators to effectively access Shared Resource; and facilitating multi-directional conversations on Shared Resource capabilities, uses and needs.

There are six workshops in the series and the series is offered each year. First in the series is an overview of all Shared Resources followed by workshops dedicated to the Cancer Center's nine Shared Resources:

  1. Overview of Shared Resources and Stratocore PPMS
  2. Immune Modeling, Analysis and Diagnostics
  3. Molecular Pharmacology and Combinatorial Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  4. Flow Cytometry and Genomics
  5. Biostatistics and Biorepository
  6. In vivo Translational Imaging and Mouse Biology

Workshops are synchronously delivered in a hybrid format allowing both in-person and online participants to engage with the instructor(s) and fellow participants in real-time. This approach allows investigators to learn from each other, build personal connections between themselves and with Shared Resource leaders, and receive on-the-spot clarification.

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Mini-Sabbatical at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Top academic talent from universities across the U.S. spend one to three months at LLNL developing collaborations and exchanging knowledge and best practices. Faculty experience Laboratory resources and capabilities, conduct research, and advance their skills. Staff scientists and engineers have an opportunity to collaborate with faculty from around the country on their research programs. Faculty must be sponsored by a LLNL scientist in order to apply.

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Bruce Buchholz

Bruce Buchholz uses accelerator mass spectrometry in pharmacokinetics studies of xenobiotics in animal and human models. He also uses natural and tracer carbon-14 to measure macromolecular and cellular turnover and repair.

Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman is a senior staff biomedical scientist and Translational Immunology group leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the division of Biology and Biotechnology with over 25 years of experience in radiobiology, biochemistry and nanoparticle development. Matt's work focuses on transcriptional biomarkers of response to ionizing radiation and novel counter measure development based on nanodelivery.

Nick Hum

Nick Hum utilizes single-cell transcriptomics with mouse models of cancer to investigate underlying molecular signatures of cancer progression. He has experience working with mouse models across numerous cancer types (prostate, bladder, breast, pancreatic, melanoma) and my ongoing work is focused on lung cancer.

Felice Lightstone

Felice Lightstone's research uses cutting-edge, multi-scale, in silico simulations to tackle problems in biology. A wide range of computational biology methods that employ LLNL’s high-performance computing resources are used to simulate systems from sub-atomic scale to population level. She develops new computational methods to describe and predict biological systems. In addition, experimental efforts are combined with physics-based simulations and statistical and machine-learning models to accelerate the design and development of safe and effective therapeutics.

Claire Robertson

Claire Robertson is a biomedical engineer with interests in microscopy, extracellular matrix, and tissue engineering.

Aimy Sebastian

Aimy Sebastian's research interest is applying computational biology and genomic approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms contributing to the development and progression of complex diseases including cancer, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders.

Spotlight On Early Career Investigators

The Spotlight on Early Career Investigators is an annual symposium highlighting the work of undergraduate students, pre- and post-doctoral scholars, research staff and residents/fellows in cancer research. Through this event, early career investigators meet experienced investigators, learn about potential research opportunities early in their career, and gain valuable career insights through presentations and networking.