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Bioinstrumentation and BioMEMS Laboratory

Research Highlight:


Detection of Huanglongbing Disease Using Differential Mobility Spectrometry. Analytical Chemistry 86(5): 2481-2488.

Links to Laboratory Publicity

We have been fourtunate to have received significant press coverage of our work in both domestic and international media outlets. Below are some of the links to these articles and interviews.

Our laboratory start-up company XTB Laboratories, Inc. wins 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Award

Food and Agribusiness Category, 07 NOV 2017
Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal serve as presenters of awards program that recognizes innovations from emerging to established Capital Region entities.

Odour sensor devices for disease

Link to interview

New Zealand Public Radio, 11 JUN 2017
Prof. Davis in a live interview during the "Nine-to-Noon" segement with Kathryn Ryan.

Machines that can sniff out sickness

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 09 JUN 2017
Prof. Davis interview on Canadian public radio with Nora Young.

Dolphin breath holds chemical clues to disease

by Deirdre Lockwood, Chemical and Engineering News, 05 MAY 2017
Our recent paper is detailed in the news. Breath tests on dolphins exposed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill give insights into marine mammal health.

One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You're Sick

by Kate Murphy, New York Times, 01 MAY 2017
Prof. Cristina Davis cited in news article.

Prof. Davis' start up company XTB Laboratories highlighted!

by Mark Anderson, Sacramento Business Journal, 16 SEP 2016

Prof. Davis to be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

by Jason Hibner, AIMBE, 20 JAN 2016, WASHINGTON DC

Dolphin 'Breathalyzer' Could Help Diagnose Animal and Ocean Health

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: 15 OCT 2014
Our work with dolphin health assessment is highlighted by the American Chemical Society. We are grateful this paper has generated so much coverage in the popular press, and selected links to stories are below (not comprehensive).

A Breathalyzer for dolphins?

by Rebecca Kessler, ScienceNOW, 24 OCT 2014, Highlighted in Science magazine's online news!

What happens when you give a breathalyzer test to a dolphin?

by Jani Actman, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 OCT 2014

This Dolphin 'Breathalyzer' Diagnoses the Health of Marine Mammals and the Ocean

YAHOO News! By Katharine Gammon (, 17 OCT 2014

Engineers Design Micropatterned Surface To Control Droplet Flow

by Neil Savage, Chemical and Engineering News, 27 AUG 2014
Doctoral student Konstantin Zamuruyev's latest paper is highlighted in the news!

UC Davis Lab Works on Cutting 'Bio' Edge

by Doug Ford, The Reporter News, 01 MAY 2014
Read about Prof. Davis' latest presentation at the regional National Academy of Engineering (NAE) meeting.

Smells Like the Flu!

Chemistry Views, 15 APR 2014
Read about our group's work on odor compounds related to influenza infection.

Our recent citrus publication in the news!

Chemical and Engineering News, 24 FEB 2014
Our work on odor detection in sick citrus trees is highlighted.

Joint NIH project with our lab highlighted in Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal, 22 OCT 2013
Researchers with our lab are leading a trial with industry to identify early warning signs of pressure sores in susceptible patients.

Cristina Davis Honored by AAMC for Ongoing Interdisciplinary Program

UC Davis Dateline
Prof. Davis receives award from the American Association of Medical Colleges.

A Wealth of Data in Whale Breath

New York Times, 30 SEP 2013, By REBECCA KESSLER
Future research trends for breath analysis in marine mammals, including quotes from Prof. Davis.

New study offers hope for halting incurable citrus disease

UC Davis Dateline, 25 SEP 2013, By Pat Bailey
Transcriptome findings indicate the bacterial disease interferes with starch and sugar metabolism in young and matures leaves and fruit.

Breath Tests: In One Breath

Proto Massachusetts General Hospital, Dispatches from the Frontiers of Medicine, Summer Issue 2013, BY ANITA SLOMSKI
Future research trends for breath analysis research are highlighted, including quotes from Prof. Davis.

Prof. Davis quoted on breath analysis future research trends

01 APR 2013, Laser Focus World (by M. Barre and E. Takeuchi)
Future research trends for breath analysis research are highlighted.

UC Davis graduate student team finalists in national security competition

26 MAR 2013, UC Davis College of Engineering
Yuriy Zrodnikov, Konstantin Zamuruyev and Joachim Pedersen are finalists in a national science competition.

Our recent plant pathogen detection work is highlighted in the media

26 JUL 2012, by Cary Blake
Our work for the California Citrus Research Board is highighted along with other technology developments for monitoring for high priority agriculture pathogens in the field.

Press coverage of our upcoming breath analysis meeting

NEWSWIRE, 18 OCT 2012.
Faculty from UC Davis and scientists from Livermore are currently co-organizing an upcoming international meeting on breath analysis.

Live radio interview of Prof. Davis

CBS News Radio (Minneapolis, MN), 14 OCT 2012.
Live radio interview on breath analysis diagnostics with talk show host Roshini Rajkumar for her news segment News & Views.

Live radio interview of Prof. Davis

3120 WILS radio, 10 OCT 2012.
Listen to a taped version of a radio interview on breath analysis diagnostics with talk show host Michael Cohen of 1320 WILS in Lansing, Michigan.

Prof. Davis' research group highlighted in in the media

The Wall Street Journal, 09 OCT 2012.
Our work on non-invasive breath testing featured in the WSJ.

2012 International Breath Analysis Meeting

UC Davis, College of Engineering, 01 AUG 2012.
Highlights of our upcoming scientific meeting in Sonoma this fall!

Marine Mammal Health

Chemical & Engineering News 90(19): 30-32. 07 MAY 2012.
This article highlights our joint work with the Pacific branch of the Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center on marine mammal health assessment methods.

Top 25 most-downloaded paper for all of 2011

Elsevier; 25 APR 2012.
Our paper "A modified artificial immune system based pattern recognition approach-An application to clinical diagnostics" was named one of the "Top 25 Hottest Articles" for 2011. It was #18 of the top 25 most downloaded papers that year from the journal Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.

Top 25 most-downloaded paper

IEEE Sensors Council; 09 APR 2012.
Our paper "Coupled Mobile Phone Platform With Peak Flow Meter Enables Real-Time Lung Function Assessment" was one of the 25 most downloaded Sensors Journal papers in the month of February, 2012. It is exciting to note that included in this count are all Sensors Journal papers published since its foundation, about 1000 papers in total.

Using exhaled breath condensate for marine mammal health assessment

Sarasota Dolphin Research Program; 17 JAN 2012.
Alexander Aksenov's recent research on exhaled metabolites in marine mammals is highlighted.

Cristina Davis Named to Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium

UC Davis College of Engineering News; 14 SEP 2011.
Cristina Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been accepted to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 17th Annual Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium to be held November 13 – 16, 2011, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.

Researchers want to introduce breath analysis into clinical pathology laboratory testing

by Pamela Scherer McLeod; 09 SEP 2011.
Recent advances in breath analyzer technologies may give pathologists new diagnostic tools.

Creative Collaboration and Engineering in Medicine

College of Engineering; 15 AUG 2011.
Faculty profile of Prof. Davis on the UC Davis College of Engineering website.

UC Davis Engineering Student Wins AAUW Fellowship

College of Engineering; 26 JUL 2011.
Alice Kwan (student in our group) wins AAUW fellowship!

Beyond the Breathalyzer: Seeking Telltale Signs of Disease

The New York Times; 02 JUL 2011.
Article on breath analysis, and our research group mentioned.

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center receives renewed grant funding

UC Davis CTSC (Sacramento, CA); 20 JUN 2011.
Prof. Davis is a part of the leadership team to compete for renewed funding for our UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). This center has advanced research and provided critical training to UC Davis scholars and students during the past five years. It received renewed grant funding of $20 million from the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (story continues....)

UCD recognized for biomedical research

The Davis Enterprise; 10 MAY 2011.
Announcement of The Hartwell Foundation's support of UCD, including the recent award to our group.

UC Davis named a top-10 biomedical research center

The Hartwell Foundation (Memphis, TN); 27 APR 2011.
UC Davis this week was named by The Hartwell Foundation as one of the nation’s top-10 centers for biomedical research, making the university eligible for full participation in the foundation’s next cycle of individual awards.

Scientists receive biomedical research awards

UC Health; 06 APR 2011.
Of 12 Hartwell award recipients, three are from UC San Diego and one is from UC Davis.

Prof. Davis Named 2010 Hartwell Investigator

The Hartwell Foundation (Memphis, TN); 01 APR 2011.
The Hartwell Foundation today officially announced its 2010 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards, which offer support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. Prof. Davis was one of twelve investigators chosen for the award.

Prof. Davis speaks at Sacramento medical technology innovation event.

"Med tech innovations program to launch at UC Davis Health System", By Charles Casey; 07 JUL 2010
The UC Davis Health System’s Medical Technology Commercialization Clinic promises to be the launch pad for local innovation and economic growth in Sacramento.

Prof. Davis Provides Expert Commentary on New Biosensors for Non-Invasive Clinical Monitoring

Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Highlights in Chemical Science (Vol 2010, No. 7)
"Spotting Renal Problems with Protein Tests", By David Sharpe, 04 JUN 2010
Prof. Davis provides assessment and expert commentary on new types of rapid microassays and clinical tests.

Prof. Davis Provides Expert Commentary on Forensic and Security Monitoring

Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Highlights in Chemical Science (Vol 2010, No. 6)
"Spicing Up Drug Screening", By Rebecca Boyle, 13 MAY 2010
Prof. Davis provides assessment and expert commentary on novel screening platforms to monitor illicit compounds.

UC Davis: Excellence in Pulmonary Research

(2009-2010) compiled by Kate Marusina, PhD, MBA (Manager, Research Facilitation and Industry Alliance, Clinical and Translational Science Center, UC Davis School of Medicine). Our research is highlighted along with other pulmonary research faculty at UCD. (see p.18 for our research group overview)

Engineering Students Help Improve Patient Care

Engineering Progress Magazine, UC Davis College of Engineering (Winter 2010), Volume 28(1): 26-27.
Prof. Davis' 2009 Capstone senior design student teams from mechanical engineering are featured for their accomplishments, along with other successful teams from Prof. Angie Louie's 2009 Capstone class in Biomedical Engienering.

The State of the Art of Electronic Noses

Popular Science
By Rebecca Boyle, 25 SEP 2009
Our project on detecting citrus pathogens is highlighted in a feature article with the widely circulated magazine "Popular Science."

An Inspired New Way to Mine Data

UC Davis College of Engineering News
By Jo Shroyer, 25 SEP 2009
Our research on informatics algorithms is highlighted by the university.

Tail of the Ant Trail

By Jon Evans, 09 SEP 2009
Algorithm work by Dr. Weixiang Zhao and Prof. Cristina Davis highlighted in a feature article by Wiley Publishers.

Inauguración Laboratorio de Bioingeniería del CEIT en Miramón

Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa (San Sebastián, Spain), 3 julio 2009
Prof. Cristina Davis is the keynote speaker for the bioengineering facility inauguration.

INNOVATIONS: Engineering students think beyond the box

Dateline UC Davis, campus newspaper
By Liese Greensfelder, 12 JUN 2009
Prof. Cristina Davis' work with Capstone engineering design students is highlighted in campus newspaper.

A quiet revolution in research

JAN 2009
Our group's work is highlighted in this write-up describing new efforts funded by the UC Davis Clinical and Translation Science Center.

Now What?

UC Davis Innovation Progress Magazine, By Jo Ann Shroyer, JAN 2009
Our research was highlighted in this article and video clip explaining how technology will affect our lives in the next century.

Acadmics in the College of Engineering at UC Davis

JAN 2009
Prof. Davis' teaching philosopy is highlighted in this video clip explaining how engineering instruction will likely change in the next 50 years.

Deadly Pathogen Harms Florida Citrus Groves

The New York Times
This artical details our work with Prof. Abhaya Dandekar on sensors for biologial pathogen host responses.
By David Karp, 26 AUG 2008

Found in Translation: Team science promises to accelerate bench-to-bedside pace

SEP 2008
This artical details our work with the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Expertos de EE. UU. avanzan en el diagnóstico de enfermedades por la respiración.

Pamplona daily newspaper

Radio Interview (expanded version, audio file).

"Radio Nacional de España" (spanish public radio)
Science program of Radio 5 Todonoticias, de RNE
Friday 11 JUL 2008

Radio Interview (concise version, audio file).

"Radio Nacional de España" (spanish public radio)
Friday 04 JUL 2008

Una experta investiga un sistema que diagnosticará enfermedades de forma no invasiva a través de la respiración.

El Médico Interactivio Diario Electronico De La Sanidad
Thursday 03 de July ,12:02:18

Una experta investiga un sistema que diagnosticará enfermedades de forma no invasiva a través de la respiración.

Diario Salud

Una experta de EE. UU. avanza la creación de un sistema que diagnosticará enfermedades de forma no invasiva a través de la respiración.

Universidad de Navarra
Universidad de Navarra, press office

Expertos de EE. UU. avanzan en el diagnóstico de enfermedades por la respiración.

Una experta avanza posibilidad diagnosticar enfermedades por la respiración.
salud-investigacion 02-07-2008
Terra Actualidad - EFE

I Edición del Máster Oficial en Ingeniería Biomédica: La Dra. Cristina Davis (Universidad de California, Davis) invitada durante dos semanas para impartir docencia en el Máster en Ingeniería Biomédical.

Universidad de Navarra, Escuela de Ingenieros en San Sebastián
23 de junio a 4 de julio de 2008
Universidad de Navarra, press office

Conferencia de la Dra. Cristina Davis (Universidad de California), profesora invitada en el MIB.

Tecnológico de la Universidad de Navarra en San Sebastián: Ingeniería Industrial, Telecomunicación, Organización, Materiales
Miércoles, 25 de junio de 2008
Aula de Grados(TECNUN Ibaeta), 16:00 horas

Ciencia: Una experta investiga un sistema que diagnosticará enfermedades de forma no invasiva a través de la respiración.

EP Europa Press

Estudian la posibilidad de diagnosticar enfermedades por la respiración.

Rexodor World Press
EFE. 02.07.2008 - 19:14h

Están apunto de conseguir un sistema que mida los biomarcadores de las exhalaciones humanas.

EFE. 02.07.2008 - 19:14h

Sniffing out pests: A sensor that detects volatiles may be able to indicate the health and pest status of an orchard.

Good Fruit Grower
Vol. 59 No. 5, 01 MAR 2008
By Geraldine Warner

A Newsletter From University Outreach And International Programs.

UC Davis Fully Engaged
SPRING ISSUE 2008 (Volume 2, Issue 1)


News from the UC Davis Health System
17 MAY 2007

Bioterror research spurs ideas in medicine.

Boston Globe
By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff
21 JUL 2004

Impact on Innovation through Intrapreneurship.

Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (MIT)

Proceedings of the Consensus Conference on the Role of Biosensors in the Detection of Agents of Bioterrorism.

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick MD
08-09 SEP 2003