Leadership

Ilias Tagkopoulos

Ilias Tagkopoulos

Director and Principal Investigator (PI)

Professor of Computer Science and the Genome Center, UC Davis

Mason Earles

Mason Earles

Co-PI and Lead of Agricultural Production Cluster

Assistant Professor of Viticulture & Enology and Biological & Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Hao Feng

Hao Feng

Co-PI, Executive Committee Member and Site Lead

Professor of Food and Bioprocess Engineering, UIUC

Xin Liu

Xin Liu

Co-PI and Co-Lead of Use-Inspired and Foundational AI Cluster

Professor of Computer Science, UC Davis

Renata Ivanek

Renata Ivanek

Site Lead

Associate Professor of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University

Danielle Lemay

Danielle Lemay

Lead of Nutrition Cluster

Research Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS WHNRC and Associate Adjunct Professor of Nutrition, UC Davis

Nitin Nitin

Nitin Nitin

Co-PI and Lead of Food Processing and Distribution Cluster

Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Pamela Ronald

Pamela Ronald

Co-Lead of Workforce, Industrial, and Societal Engagement

Professor of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, UC Davis

Daniel Runcie

Daniel Runcie

Lead of Molecular Breeding Cluster

Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Justin Siegel

Justin Siegel

Lead of Knowledge Transfer

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine, UC Davis

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

Lead of Socioeconomics and Ethics Cluster

Professor of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis

Gabriel Youtsey

Gabriel Youtsey

Co-Lead of Workforce, Industrial, and Societal Engagement

Chief Innovation Officer, UC ANR

Tarek Zohdi

Tarek Zohdi

Co-PI, Co-Lead of Food Production and Distribution Cluster, Co-Lead of Engagement

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Staff

Hanna Bartram

Hanna Bartram

Education and Public Engagement Coordinator

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Associate Director

Steph Galinada

Steph Galinada

Program Assistant

Jim Pantaleo

Jim Pantaleo

Business Development Coordinator

Ginger Welsh

Ginger Welsh

Communication and Marketing Coordinator

Researchers

Rebecca Abergel

Rebecca Abergel

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley

Jayadev Acharya

Jayadev Acharya

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Md Shamim Ahamed

Md Shamim Ahamed

Assistant Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Ana C. Arias

Ana C. Arias

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey

Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Ellen L. Bonnel

Ellen L. Bonnel

Human Studies Manager, USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center

Francesco Borrelli

Francesco Borrelli

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Charlie Brummer

Charlie Brummer

Director and Professor, Center for Plant Breeding, UC Davis

Allen Van Deynze

Allen Van Deynze

Director of Research Seed Biotechnology Center, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Christine Diepenbrock

Christine Diepenbrock

Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Lee Fleming

Lee Fleming

Coleman Fung Chair of Engineering Leadership, School of Engineering, UC Berkeley

Bruce German

Bruce German

Professor of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

Niao He

Niao He

Assistant Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, UIUC

Yufang Jin

Yufang Jin

Associate Professor of Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis

Maggi Kelly

Maggi Kelly

Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Affiliate Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

Isaya Kisekka

Isaya Kisekka

Associate Professor of Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis

Steve Knapp

Steve Knapp

Professor and Director of the Strawberry Breeding Program, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Zhaodan Kong

Zhaodan Kong

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis

Carlito B. Lebrilla

Carlito B. Lebrilla

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, UC Davis

Ethan Ligon

Ethan Ligon

Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

Troy Magney

Troy Magney

Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Simo Mäkiharju

Simo Mäkiharju

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

David Mills

David Mills

Professor of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

Khalid Mosalam

Khalid Mosalam

Professor of Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley

Mark Mueller

Mark Mueller

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Alireza Pourreza

Alireza Pourreza

Assistant CE Specialist of Agricultural Mechanization, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Chenhui Shao

Chenhui Shao

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC

Christopher Simmons

Christopher Simmons

Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

Jennifer T. Smilowitz

Jennifer T. Smilowitz

UCD Human Studies Director, Foods for Health Institute, UC Davis

Edward Spang

Edward Spang

Assistant Professor of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

Charles B. Stephensen

Charles B. Stephensen

Research Leader at the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) in Davis, CA

Gail Taylor

Gail Taylor

Professor and Department Chair of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Stavros Vougioukas

Stavros Vougioukas

Associate Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Luxin Wang

Luxin Wang

Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

Martin Wiedmann

Martin Wiedmann

Professor in Food Safety, Department of Food Science, Cornell University

Mark Yarborough

Mark Yarborough

Professor of Bioethics, UC Davis

Zhou Yu

Zhou Yu

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UC Davis

Qing Zhao

Qing Zhao

Professor of Engineering, Cornell University

Advisory Board Members

Vanessa Adams

Vanessa Adams

Stakeholder Advisory Board

VP Strategic Partnerships, COP, Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa, AGRA

Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman

Education and Outreach Advisory Board, Scientific Advisory Board

Director, Data Science Institute, LLNL

Katrin Kuhlmann

Katrin Kuhlmann

Stakeholder Advisory Board

Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center,
Senior Associate, Global Food Security Program

Kimmo Makinen

Kimmo Makinen

Industrial Advisory Board

Director of Innovation, Novozymes

Robert Powell

Robert Powell

Chair, Education and Outreach Advisory Board, Scientific Advisory Board

Professor, Food Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering, UC Davis

Harold Schmitz

Harold Schmitz

Chair, Industrial Advisory Board

General Partner of The March Fund,
Senior Scholar at the Graduate School of Management, UC Davis,
Former Chief Science Officer of Mars, Inc.

R. Paul Singh

R. Paul Singh

Education and Outreach Advisory Board, Scientific Advisory Board

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Food Engineering,
Member, National Academy of Engineering,
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Food Engineering,
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
University of California, Davis

Abigail Stevenson

Abigail Stevenson

Industrial Advisory Board

Vice President, Mars Advanced Research Institute

Wesley Wilson

Wesley Wilson

Chair, Stakeholder Advisory Board

Executive Chairman, UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health

David Wishart

David Wishart

Education and Outreach Advisory Board, Scientific Advisory Board

Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences and Computing Science, University of Alberta, Canada

Graduate and Post Doctoral Researchers

Carrie Alexander

Carrie Alexander

Post Doctoral Researcher
Cecil Barnett-Neefs

Cecil Barnett-Neefs

Graduate Researcher
Omar Betancourt

Omar Betancourt

Graduate Researcher
Sarah Blecksmith

Sarah Blecksmith

Graduate Researcher
Yazmine Bouzid

Yazmine Bouzid

Graduate Researcher
Ece Bulut

Ece Bulut

Post Doctoral Researcher
Momtanu Chakraborty

Momtanu Chakraborty

Graduate Researcher
Mengyi Dong

Mengyi Dong

Graduate Researcher
Zhenghao Fei

Zhenghao Fei

Post Doctoral Researcher
Yuqing Gao

Yuqing Gao

Post Doctoral Researcher
Payton Goodrich

Payton Goodrich

Graduate Researcher
Selim Gunay

Selim Gunay

Post Doctoral Researcher
Fan Hu

Fan Hu

Graduate Researcher
Hamid Kamangir

Hamid Kamangir

Graduate Researcher
Sehong Kang

Sehong Kang

Graduate Researcher
Yoonbin Kim

Yoonbin Kim

Graduate Researcher
Jules Larke

Jules Larke

Postdoctoral Researcher
Fangzhou Li

Fangzhou Li

Graduate Researcher
Yongshuai Liu

Yongshuai Liu

Graduate Researcher
Yuhan Liu

Yuhan Liu

Graduate Researcher
Luyao Ma

Luyao Ma

Postdoctoral Researcher
Manan Mehta

Manan Mehta

Graduate Researcher
Fanyu Meng

Fanyu Meng

Graduate Researcher
Emre Mengi

Emre Mengi

Graduate Researcher
Christian Millsop

Christian Millsop

Graduate Researcher
Sarah I. Murphy

Sarah I. Murphy

Post Doctoral Researcher
Allison O’Brien

Allison O’Brien

Graduate Researcher
Alexander Olenskyj

Alexander Olenskyj

Graduate Researcher
Chen Peng

Chen Peng

Post Doctoral Researcher
Luke Qian

Luke Qian

Graduate Researcher
Andy Rodriguez

Andy Rodriguez

Graduate Researcher
Sudeep Salgia

Sudeep Salgia

Graduate Researcher
Peter Savchik

Peter Savchik

Graduate Researcher
Gabriel Simmons

Gabriel Simmons

Graduate Researcher
Zhehan Tang

Zhehan Tang

Graduate Researcher
Dandan Tao

Dandan Tao

Graduate Researcher
Ting-Hao Wang

Ting-Hao Wang

Graduate Researcher
Jiyoon Yi

Jiyoon Yi

Post Doctoral Researcher
Jason Youn

Jason Youn

Graduate Researcher
Clark Zha

Clark Zha

Graduate Researcher
Huanle Zhang

Huanle Zhang

Post Doctoral Researcher
Tony Zheng

Tony Zheng

Graduate Researcher