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Bioinstrumentation and BioMEMS Laboratory

Prof. Cristina Davis

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of California, Davis

Prof. Cristina Davis

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Background and Interests

Dr. Cristina Davis is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Her main research interests are in chemical and biological sensing applications, use of technology to speed biomarker discovery, novel bioMEMS devices, and bioinformatics interpretation of sensor output.

Education

    • B.S. Mathematics and Biology, Duke University (1990-1994)
    • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia (1994-1999)
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Electrical Engineering and Physiology, The Johns Hopkins University (1999-2001)

Research Experience

    • Senior Scientist, Molecular Devices Corporation (Epalinges, Switzerland) (2001-2002)

    • Visiting Scientist, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) (2001-2002)
    • Group Leader Bioengineering, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, MA) (2002-2005)
    • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis (Davis, CA) (2012-present)
    • Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis (Davis, CA) (2010-2012)
    • Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis (Davis, CA) (2005-2010)
    • Affiliated Faculty Member, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (Berkeley, CA) (2005-present)
    • Participating Guest Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) (2007-present)
    • Visiting Professor, Universidad de Nevarra (Pamplona and San Sebastián, Spain) (June-July 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
    • Supernumerary Professor, external adjunct appointment, Universidad de Nevarra (San Sebastián, Spain) (2009-present)
    • Co-Director, UC Davis College of Engineering Design and Prototyping Clinic (2009-2013)
    • Associate Director, Translational Research Program, Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), School of Medicine, University of California, Davis (Davis, CA) (2009-present)
    • Visiting Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) (2014)

Awards and Honors

    • William A. Blees Foundation Scholarship, Duke University (1990-1991)
    • National Science Foundation, Summer Research Fellowship (1991)
    • National Institutes of Health, Predoctoral Cardiovascular Training Grant (1996-1999)
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000-2001)
    • 2007, Selected for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative: "The Future of Human Healthspan: Demography, Evolution, Medicine and Bioengineering"
    • 2008, Award for Outstanding Service as a Competition Judge, The Siemens Foundation and The College Board (Princeton, NJ)
    • Invited Visiting Professor, Universidad de Nevarra, Máster Oficial en Ingeniería Biomédica (summers of 2008, 2009 and 2010)
    • 2008 Best Patent Award, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, MA), for USPTO patent #7,388,195.
    • 2009, Supernumerary Professor, Universidad de Nevarra (San Sebastián, Spain; 2009)
    • 2009, selected to participate in the "MNS Horizons 2040" workshop organized by the National Science Foundation to prioritize funding priorities for micro/nano research for the upcoming 30 years
    • 2010 Hartwell Fellow, The Hartwell Foundation
    • 2011, Selected for the National Academy of Engineering's 17th Annual Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium
    • 2012, Award for Outstanding Service as a Competition Judge, The Siemens Foundation and The College Board (Princeton, NJ)
    • 2013 Finalist for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Award for Innovative Institutional Partnerships in Research and Research-Focused Training. Joint submission with Dr. Nicholas J. Kenyon (School of Medicine) entitled "Building Bridges: An Engineering Capstone Experience in Translational Medicine"

Professional Activities

Editorial Board Activities:

    • Member, Advisory Board, Journal of Breath Research (publisher IOP). Official Journal of the International Association for Breath Research (IABR) and the International Society for Breath Odor Research (ISBOR). (2013-present)
    • Associate Editor, International Journal on Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation Engineering (2010 - present)
    • Associate Editor, Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology (2010 - present)
    • Ad hoc General Editor, IEEE Sensors Journal (2009 - present)
    • Associate Editor, Journal of Sensors (2007 - present)
    • Lead Guest Editor, IEEE Sensors Journal, Special Edition entitled "Sensors for Human Breath Analysis" (published January 2010, Volume 10 Issue 1)
    • Guest Editor, IEEE Sensors Journal, Special Edition entitled "Sensors for Non-Invasive Physiological Monitoring" (2011)
    • Lead Guest Editor, Journal of Breath Research, Special Issue entitled "Breath Analysis for Biomedicine and National Security" (2013)
    • Guest Editor, IEEE Sensors Journal, Special Issue entitled "Selected papers from IEEE SENSORS 2014"

Referee For Peer-Reviewed Journals:

    • IEEE Sensors Journal
    • Journal of Chromatography B
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines
    • Biosensors and Bioelectronics
    • Journal of Applied Physiology
    • Physiological Measurement
    • Analytica Chimica Acta
    • Journal of Materials Chemistry
    • Journal of Chromatography A
    • Nanoscale
    • Langmuir
    • Analytical Methods
    • Talanta
    • Chemosphere
    • Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
    • ACS Chemical Neuroscience

Reviewer for funding agencies and/or study sections:

    • United States Department of State BioIndustry Initiative
    • Association for Women in Science, L'Oreal Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
    • NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology
    • Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services division of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
    • France-Berkeley Fund
    • UC Discovery program
    • National Science Foundation
    • Florida Department of Health, James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program
    • NIH SBIR Program
    • US Air Force Office of Research

Educational outreach activities:

    • Judge, Siemens-Westinghouse Competition, administered through The College Board and the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ) (2000-2013)
    • Volunteer, Biotechnology Curriculum Development Committee, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (Cambridge, MA) (2003-2004)
    • Invited Speaker and Panelist, Intrapreneurship in government and non-profit organizations. Impact on Innovation through Intrapreneurship (I3) Conference. Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST), sponsored by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. (2004)

Leadership and service to the scientific community:

    • Chair and Workshop Organizer for "The Future of Breath Diagnostics." Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) Innovation Congress 2005, Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), November 1-2, 2005.
    • Organizing Committee Member for "Nanosensing: Materials, Devices and Systems." International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) East (Boston, MA), September 9-12, 2007.
    • Session Chair for "Nanophotonics for Communication: Materials, Devices, and Systems IV." International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) East (Boston, MA), September 9-12, 2007.
    • Session Chair for "Nanosensing: Materials, Devices, and Systems III." International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) East (Boston, MA), September 9-12, 2007.
    • Session Chair for "Nanomaterials Synthesis, Interfacing, and Integrating in Devices, Circuits, and Systems II." International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) East (Boston, MA), September 9-12, 2007.
    • Organized short course for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's "Engineering Relations with Academia" program. Delivered 6 hour day-long short course entitled "Sensors, machine learning algorithms, and biomarker discovery - development of small field deployable autonomous chem/bio detection systems." Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA). September 19, 2007.
    • Special Session Organizer and Chair for "Novel Sensors For Human Breath Analysis." IEEE Sensors (Atlanta, GA), October 28-31, 2007.
    • Co-Director and co-organizer (with Prof. Tingrui Pan, UCD BME) of a new outreach program spanning three continents: "International Research Collaboration Program in Micro-Nano-Bioengineering - A Collaboration Program among UC Davis, Peking University and the EPFL."
    • Invited Lecture Series: "Introduction to BioMEMS" sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Locally sponsored by the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain). June 21 - July 5, 2008.
    • General Chair and workshop co-organizer for "Breath Analysis for Biomedicine and National Security: Sensor Design Issues and Strategies for Biomarker Discovery." Co-organizers: Dr. Matthias Frank (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Dr. Harald Oser (SRI International), Dr. Nicholas Kenyon (UC Davis). September, 2008. Held on the UC Davis campus.
    • Organizing Committee Member for "Nanosensing: Materials, Devices and Systems." International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Micro-Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications (Orlando, FL), April 13-17, 2009.
    • Co-Chair and workshop co-organizer for "2nd Annual Breath Analysis for Biomedicine and National Security: Sensor Design Issues and Strategies for Biomarker Discovery." Co-organizers: Dr. Matthias Frank (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Dr. Harald Oser (SRI International), Dr. Nicholas Kenyon (UC Davis). November, 2009. Held on the SRI campus.
    • Co-Chair and workshop co-organizer for "3rd Annual Breath Analysis for Biomedicine and National Security: Sensor Design Issues and Strategies for Biomarker Discovery." Co-organizers: Dr. Matthias Frank (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Dr. Harald Oser (SRI International), Dr. Nicholas Kenyon (UC Davis). Fall 2010. To be held on the Livermore campus (TBD -- more details soon).
    • Track chair for the Americas "Biosensors", for the 2014 IEEE Sensors conference (Valencia, Spain; 2-5 NOV 2014).