NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology

Highlights - Career, Communication Skills, and Industrial Skills Development Activities
    • The BTP Fellows are offered many opportunities to hone their public speaking talents in several formats. Chalk Talks are informal presentations that are given to fellow students and interested faculty from various research disciplines. The Fellows must be break down their research so that the audience will have a basic understanding of their project.

    Abby YuAbby Yu (2012-14 NIH Fellow) giving Chalk Talk

  • The BTP Fellows present their research at the annual Biotechnology Training Retreat. The audience consists of NIH/Biotech Fellows, DEB graduate students and faculty, industry representatives, and campus dignitaries.


  • Wade Zeno (2012-14 NIH Fellow) is one of our BTP Fellows who was chosen to talk to the public in the annual Angels for Hearts, When I Grow Up event in Sacramento. "This event makes it accessible for the pediatric heart patients to meet and talk with "Grown-ups' such as Firemen, Police Doctors ... Scientists... Angels for Hearts goal is to help the heart kids remember that their dreams are only limited by their imaginations."

Wade ZenoNIH Biotech Fellows

  • Many BTP Fellows participate in the annual Science Communication Fellows event. This is a wonderful program for learning how to effectively communicate science to the public. Our communication fellows who have participated include: Jennifer Lee, Abigail Yu, Wade Zeno, Amelia Manlove, and Johnathon Anderson.

  • Another public outreach event our BTP Fellows can involve themselves in is Dinner with a Scientist. "Dinner with a Scientist" represents Sacramento's participation in a nationwide effort to inform and encourage junior high and high school students interested to pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). It is a collaboration between the UC Davis Department of Education, Powerhouse Science Center, the Sacramento Area Science Project, and Twin Rivers Unified School District."

  • One of the many outreach activities the BTP Fellows involve themselves in is the annual Biotechnology Event at the campus' Picnic Day. See some photos below.

Picnic Day

  • We offer our BTP Fellows many opportunities to add new skillsets to their repertoire. These include: summer shortcourses in cutting edge research techniques (Flow Cytometry, Proteomics, etc.), MyIDP sessions, Friday seminars that include topics on entrepreneurship, patents, regulatory affairs, etc.

Flow Cytometry Course

  • We also offer our BTP Fellows tours to various industry affiliates including Genentech and Novozymes.

Industry Tours

  • Jeni Lee (2012-14 NIH Fellow) is one of our BTP Fellows who has started their own company. She was recently featured in Comstock's Magazine calling her one of the "10 Change Leaders to Watch in 2015". Jeni and her other co-founder, Maelene Wong, started ViVita Technologies. ViVita's statement is "Revolutionizing regenerative medicine by generating off-the-shelf patient-compatible tissues and organs" To see a short presentation on ViVita, click HERE

    ViVita Photo

    • In 2013, a BTP Fellow (Jeni Lee) created a Women in Leadership in STEM (WiL-STEM) organization, along with a fellow graduate student to address equity issues through films and panel discussions. They learned project management, effective communication and budget development.  In 2014, the group changed the name to ESTEME (Equity in Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship) to be more inclusive. The co-leaders served as peer mentors for the new director, BTP fellow, Anna Maria Tuazon. The ESTEME site is linked to the Biotechnology Program’s website with announcements and information updated regularly.






Photo Highlights

Contact Details

UC Davis Biotechnology Program
Davis, CA 95616

Related Links

  • Biotechnology Program Website
  • DEB Website
  • NIH Director's Blog
  • Friday Seminars