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Bridges to Doctorate Program

Bridges Team 

California State University, Fresno

UC Davis Collaborators

Bridges Program Manager

Mrs. Lilia DeLaCerda, MPH

Bridges Program Coordinator

Ms. Brandy R. White (Murray), MS



  • Cell biology
  • Cancer biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Biomedical research
For more information, contact Dr. Jason Bush.

  • Virology
  • Cell biology
  • Microscopy
For more information, contact Dr. Karine Gousset.

  • Neuroethology and neurobiology
  • Adaptive behaviors and neural plasticity
  • Insect cognition
  • Behavior and neural mechanisms underlying spatial processing, learning and memory, and navigation
For more information, contact Dr. David Lent.

  • Biomechanics of animal locomotion
  • Fish swimming, animal flight, biofluid mechanics
  • Ontogenetic development of locomotion
  • Biochemical implications of ontogenetic development and niche shifts in aquatic organisms
  • Science communication

For more information, contact Dr. Ulrike Muller.

  • Microbial pathogenesis
  • Microbial metabolism
  • Antimicrobial resistance/tolerance
  • Biofilms
  • Avian microbiota
For more information, contact Dr. Tricia Van Laar.

  • Structure, function, and physiological impact of microbial environmental sensor proteins
  • Molecular engineering of microbial transcription factors
  • Functional genomics of microbial virulence factors
For more information, contact Dr. Hwan Youn.

  • Development of macrolide-based microtubule stabilizing agents for the treatment of multi-drug resistant cancer
  • Development of improved analogs of natural dietary products for the treatment of advanced metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

For more information, contact Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen.

  • Metal and semiconductor nanoparticles
  • Electrocatalysis for fuel cells
  • Electrogenerated chemiluminescence, electron transport, and molecular spectroscopy
  • Electron or energy transfer between donors and acceptors in the molecular and nanoparticle systems
For more information, contact Dr. Jai Pil Choi.

  • Apoptosis
  • Mechanisms of mitochondrial proteins

For more information, contact Dr. Laurent Dejean.

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS-PDC): Proteomic, electrophysiological and behavioral approach
  • Interaction of specific proteins involved in the abnormal proteolytic processing in Alzheimer's disease
  • Oxidative stress and transition metal ion homeostasis investigations in fruit flies as a model of aging

For more information, contact Dr. Joy Goto.

  • Building peptidomimetic biomolecules (peptoids, peptomers) and investigating their potential to function as biomaterial, therapeutics and sensors.
  • Design solid-phase bound catalysts for asymmetric allylic alkylation.
  • A two-prong approach on remediation of waste water by growing algae and subsequently screening their oil content for biodiesel.

For more information contact: Dr. Kalyani Maitra.

  • Develop new reactions and strategies for organic synthesis.
    • Free radical-mediated reactions
    • Processes at the intersections of chemistry with biology and material science
For more information contact: Dr. Hubert Muchalski.

  • Utilization of protein cages as platforms for making functional nanoparticles
  • Construction of three-dimensional array materials self-assembled form protein building blocks

For more information, contact Dr. Masaki Uchida.

  • Judgment and decision making
  • Risk communication and judgment
  • Informal quantitative reasoning
  • Social and health-related judgment

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Price.

  • Learning, decision making, and neuroscience

For more information, contact Dr. Martin Shapiro.