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What made you choose UC Davis?

My wife and I really wanted to live in Northern California, and we were seeking a place where we could both achieve our professional goals. I think Davis is going to be great for this. I needed a major research university with a strong biomedical engineering presence, including a strong College of Engineering and School of Medicine. My wife, Sharon, is a family physician and was seeking an environment where she could not only practice medicine but also pursue additional interests in the area of physician wellness.

What inspires you?

Individuals with a high level of integrity and compassion.

What research are you currently working on? What makes it unique?

Working with my very talented lab, we design very small (1 cubic millimeter) mimics of human tissues (cancer and heart tissue). These tissues have applications in drug discovery and personalized medicine.

If you could impart one piece of advice to our undergraduates seeking a course of study/career path, what would it be?

Be patient in selecting a major, and never feel like you have locked yourself into a particular career path. Ten years after graduating, the specific major one chooses has only a small impact on professional aspirations. Focus on being a creative and persistent problem solver.

When not in the classroom or conducting research, what do you like to do?

I am a golf nut, plain and simple. Oh, I also really like to cook — but only when I can cook for other people.

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