Regular Contributors

Kristin Lee, Molecular Toxicology '09, is a first-year medical student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri. She is learning everything from anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, histology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, to physiology. She notes, "With my Molecular Toxicology background, most of the subjects come to me quite easily."
Aimmee Chin, Nutritional Science-Physiology and Metabolism '09, has just been recently hired at UCLA Medical Center as a Microbial Lab Assistant. She is studying for the MCAT, as well as volunteering locally in the Carson/Torrance area -- all in all preparing for applying to medical school. She was involved in organizations on campus such as Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children, and did voluntary research in Caloric Restriction and its Effects on Adipose Tissue and Mice Weight in the Nutritional Science department. Her overall interests revolve around nutrition, especially type two diabetes, and other up and coming nutritional public health issues.
Rebekah Kim, Molecular Toxicology '08, is currently fulfilling prerequisites for medical school and plans to apply to programs in medicine and public health. "The thing I really like about my major was the close relationships I could make with the faculty. They are all easy going, approachable people who sincerely want their students to succeed. I really liked how all my upper division classes, within the department, were small and allowed more student-faculty interaction," she notes about her days at CNR.
Alex Lau, Nutritional Sciences--Physiology and Metabolism '08, is currently a first year medical student at the USC Keck School of Medicine MD/PhD Program. As a newly minted college graduate, he was involved in a variety of activities including completing an honors research thesis on plant-bacterial mutualisms, penning a food culture column with The Daily Californian, interning at an ophthalmologist's clinic, and assisting special needs children with water exercises. During his free time, Alex enjoys swimming, jogging, reading loads of fiction, and freelance novel writing. Feel free to contact him with any questions about medical or graduate school!
juan_shishido.jpg Juan Shishido, Environmental Economics and Policy '09.--Shishido works for a public policy research and consulting firm in Oakland, Berkeley Policy Associates. BPA conducts research that informs policy which increases social and economic opportunity, focusing primarily on labor, education, and poverty issues.
A recent graduate in Genetics & Plant Biology, Christina Sullivan (née Johnson) continues with her passion for plants. With her husband Tom and their rabbit Cinnamon Bun, they're spending their honeymoon hiking through their favorite national parks of the western United States.
Vicki Wojcik, Ph.D. ESPM 2010, finished her dissertation in urban bee ecology under Professor Joe McBride and is now working as the Associate Program Manager at the Pollinator Partnership in San Francisco, California. She’s working on some big pollinator conservation projects, including assessing guidelines for pollinator conservation in agricultural and conservation landscapes, working with utility companies to help develop pollinator habitat along rights-of-way, developing school pollinator conservation gardens across the United States, and studying the impacts of urban landscapes on pollinating species. In addition to helping bees and other pollinators, Vicki teaches lab sections of Bio1B at UC Berkeley. Always busy, like a bee!

Special Contributors

Vernard Lewis came to Cal in 1971 and never left. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences in 1971, a master's of entomology in 1979 and a doctorate in the same in 1989. He is currently a Cooperate Extension specialist at CNR in ESPM, Division of Organisms and the Environment. Read Vernard's Guest Column
John Casazza graduated from CNR with a degree in Soils and Plant Nutrition in 1977. His career has taken him across continents as he worked with the Peace Corps and the Dole Food Company. He is currently an independent consultant, working on projects in the Philippines, Chile, the California Delta, and in Apple Hill. Read John's Guest Column
Nick Harris graduated from CNR with a degree in Environmental Sciences in 2005. His career path has lead him to a committment to renewable energy, particularly in business practices: "I get excited thinking about developing products and businesses that will not only make a profit, but will also help this nation become energy independent, its citizens safer, and the environment healthier!" Read Nick's Guest Column