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Principal Investigator

Sheila S. David, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Chemistry, UC Davis


Education, Awards, & Professional Highlights

  • ADVANCE Scholar Award, UC Davis (2018)
  • ACS Fellow (2011)
  • AAAS Fellow (2010)
  • AP Sloan Fellow
  • Beckman Young Investigator
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2006)
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology (1990-1992)
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota (1989)
  • B.A. Saint Olaf College (1984)


Postdoctoral Researchers

Carlos H. Trasviña Arenas, Ph.D.

Graduate Students

Chandrima Majumdar

Elizabeth Lotsof

Robert Van Ostrand

Merve Demir

Cindy Khuu

Savannah Conlon

Jonathan Lin

Steven Merrill

Nhu Tran

Josh Bumgarner

Nikole Gomez

Undergraduate Researchers

Beili Huang

Sunbal Dilshad

Madeline Bright

Ellen Chu

Kaylena Principe

Vivian Kellner

Jason Tin

Natasha Deo

Sara Hossain

Alyssa Ayala

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Dr. Sheila S. David

Department of Chemistry
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616