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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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  • Prof. Davis to be inducted as 2016 Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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

1990-1994   B.S. Mathematics and Biology (double major), Duke University (Durham, NC)
1994-1999   Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
1999-2001   Postdoctoral Fellowship, Physiology and Electrical Engineering (joint), The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Positions and Appointments

2001-2002   Senior Scientist, Molecular Devices Corporation (Epalinges, Switzerland)
2001-2002   Visiting Scientist, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland)
2002-2005   The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, MA)
2002-2004           Senior Member of the Technical Staff, MEMS Microsystems Group
2004-2005           Principal Member of the Technical Staff
2004-2005           Group Leader Bioengineering, founding member
2005-           University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
2005-2010           Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2010-2012           Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2012-                  Full Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2010-                  Associate Director, NIH NCATS Clinical and Translational Sciences Center, School of Medicine
2011-2012           UC Davis campus-wide Leadership Program for Department Chairs
2012-                  Member, World Food Center Advisory Committee, UC Davis
2012-2014           Faculty Research Mentor, Computing Research Experiences for STEM Teachers (CREST)
2012-2019           Faculty Research Mentor, Beckman Scholars Program Award for undergraduate research
2014-                  Member, Advisory Group for the Innovation Institute for Food and Health
2007-2010   Participating Guest Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)
2007-2014   Associate Editor, Journal of Sensors
2013-          Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Breath Research
2014            Visiting Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland)
2014-2018   Member, United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board

Awards and Honors

1990-1991   William A. Blees Foundation Scholarship, while at Duke University
1991            National Science Foundation, Summer Research Fellowship (Temple University)
1996-1999   National Institutes of Health, Pre-doctoral Cardiovascular Training Grant (University of Virginia)
2000-2001   Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship (The Johns Hopkins University)
2007            Award, Outstanding Service as a Competition Judge, The Siemens Foundation and The College Board (Princeton, NJ)
2008            Selected for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
2008            Best Patent Award, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (for US Patent #7,388,195)
2008            Invited Visiting Professor, Universidad de Nevarra, Máster Oficial en Ingeniería Biomédica (summers of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011)
2009            Supernumerary Professor, Universidad de Nevarra (San Sebastián, Spain)
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
2011            Fellow, The Hartwell Foundation (class of 2010)
2011            Selected for National Academy of Engineering (NAE), 17th Annual Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium
2012            Award, 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)
2014            Invited Speaker, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Regional Meeting (Davis, CA)
2016            Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)