GDB Master Advisor & Professor (He/Him)
Department Plant Pathology
As the Master Advisor for the Global Disease Biology (GDB) major, one of my responsibilities and proudest moments is the official act of certifying the degrees for our students at the time of graduation. The act itself is only a mouse click, but it acknowledges and celebrates each and every student’s hard work and persistence in pursuit of a dream to make this world a better place. I know this because students share with me these dreams, during one-on-one advising meetings, during office hours of classes that I teach for the major, including SAS 13 and GDB 103, and as I consult them in their Senior year on capturing their GDB practicum experience in a practicum report. It is so inspiring to see how passionate our students are during their tenure here at UC Davis and so humbling to know how many move on, GDB degree in hand, to start grad/med/vet school or join the professional workforce and start making a difference in the lives and healths of people, animals, and plants. The world needs GDB students, now more than ever.