February Student of the Month: Alejandro Tapia

Alejandro is a fourth-year first-generation student double majoring in Global Disease Biology (GDB) and Psychology with a minor in Chicano/a Studies. Alejandro’s interest in medicine and public health led him to join Clinica Tepati, a UC Davis student-run primary care clinic that addresses the healthcare gap in the Latino community of the greater Sacramento area. Clinica Tepati’s three-part mission; healthcare, education, and advocacy resonates with Alejandro’s aspiration of becoming a physician to address the health disparities in his community.

January Student of the Month: Davis McWilliams

Hi, I’m Davis and I am a fourth-year Global Disease Biology student. The GDB curriculum has given me the tools and experience necessary to become successful in the fields of public health and health sciences. The wide range of course topics has exposed me to new ways of thinking while diving deeper into topics I already have had an interest in. Studying disease from a One Health perspective has allowed me to analyze and critically think about health issues from different angles.

December Student of the Month: Muyun Tsen

Hi, my name is Muyun, and I am a fourth-year GDB student minoring in Statistics. Majoring in Global Disease Biology has allowed me to learn much about diseases and other public health concerns, and I am grateful that this major has given me the opportunity to start conducting research. Combining Global Disease Biology and Statistics has provided me with the starting tools needed to analyze and interpret complex health and biological data sets. 

November Student of the Month: Maggie Bauer

Hi, My name is Maggie Bauer and I am a 4th year Global Disease Biology major. Through the diverse classes I’ve taken in the GDB major, I have been able to explore my ranging interests from health inequities to immunology while gaining perspective of the interconnectedness of different fields. I have also been able to gain practical experience through the practicum research experience. I am part of the Research Scholars in Insect Biology program which provided me the opportunity to work in Dr. Ralston’s lab focusing on Entamoeba histolytica.

October Student of the Month: Airan Sanchez

Hi, I’m Airan Sanchez. I have always been interested in learning and understanding diseases that affect different areas around the world because we aren’t directly exposed to them due to the advanced medical technology we have compared to other areas. I am motivated to become a surgeon one day with a big goal of creating a non-profit health organization to provide support and resources to low-resourced communities that lack health care. I have always believed that healthcare should be universal to everyone instead of individuals who either need to pay or have a very low income.

September 2023 Student of the Month: Ashna Kambhampati

My name is Ashna, and I’m an upcoming 3rd year Global Disease Biology major! Throughout my time at Davis, I have had the opportunity to take various classes which have furthered my passion for public health. The GDB major has helped me learn and appreciate the One Health perspective as it is unique to UC Davis. I hope to apply this perspective throughout the rest of my pre-med and medical career.

Student Spotlight Prized Writing: Anita Akef

The GDB office wants to highlight and congratulate Anita Akef on her publication in Prized Writing. Prized Writing is a curated journal of student works from across all disciplines. Prized Writing receives over 400 submissions annually, with only 20 or so being chosen for publication. We are so proud of Anita and her accomplishments. Learn more about Anita and her work below, and make sure to check out her publication linked below.

June 2023 Student of the Month: Dalton Manbeck-Mosig

I'm a junior GDB student here at UC Davis with a minor in philosophy. I actually came to Davis because of the GDB major - we are the only school, as far as I know, that teaches One Health at an undergraduate level - and I was very interested in the broad applications of epidemiology beyond just human diseases. Beyond epidemiology, my other main health science interest is longevity, and so I delved very deeply into writing my review paper for HDE 117 - Longevity on epigenetic aging clocks.

May 2023 GDB Student of the Month: Curtis Marriott

My name is Curtis Marriott. I am 4th year Global Disease Biology Student. I enjoy cycling, camping and river rafting. My favorite food is Middle Eastern food. I am currently engaged in research in the Pharmacological Depart at UC Davis. This involves the identification of novel vascular smooth muscle channel, pertinent to Hypertension under the postdoctoral mentorship of Dr. Victor Alejandro Flores, and spatiotemporal calcium dynamics using fluoroscopy examining the ryanodine receptors of the vasculature by Prof. Manuel Navedo. I am also a member of the UC Davis Pharmacology club.

April 2023 GDB Student of the Month: Maya Deshmukh

My name is Maya Deshmukh (she/her), and I am a fourth year Global Disease Biology student planning to graduate this upcoming June. As I look back on my undergraduate experience, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I have received at UC Davis. I have not only been able to grow as a student, but through the GDB major, I have been able to explore the many nuances within One Health in my coursework and find what I am passionate about. Being a GDB student has allowed me to find my way to public health and pursue research which has opened doors that I never thought possible.