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Ebola Rapid Response
Women Leaders in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Congratulations to Professor Ristenpart, the new Chancellor's Fellow!
NSF Ebola Rapid Response

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is playing an important role in the fight against Ebola. Professor Karen McDonald is leading an interdisciplinary team, funded through a grant from the National Science Foundationís RAPID Response Research program, to develop a new biomanufacturing process for the production of the experimental Ebola treatment, ZMapp. ZMapp, a mixture of three monoclonal antibodies that target a protein on the surface of the Ebola virus, has shown promise as a treatment for Ebola victims and has been successful in animal studies. Currently, ZMapp is produced through a novel process using indoor or greenhouse grown whole plants (Nicotiana benthamiana, a relative of tobacco) as the production host. Unfortunately supplies of ZMapp have been exhausted and the existing biomanufacturing capacity using this new method is limited, so there is not enough ZMapp for the growing number of Ebola patients. Professor McDonald and her collaborators, Professor Raymond Rodriguez and Dr. Somen Nandi, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor Abhaya Dandekar, Plant Sciences, and Professor Kazuhito Fujiyama, Osaka University, will develop methods for large-scale plant cell suspension culture production of ZMapp antibodies from N. benthamiana cells which can be grown in traditional stainless steel bioreactor facilities. The team is also grateful to companies that have provided materials for the project through Material Transfer Agreements, Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Icon Genetics GmbH. The project will contribute to our understanding and ability to design new biomanufacturing platforms that use plant cells, and enable the advancement of synthetic biology in plant cells. Beyond the Ebola crisis, this work should help develop capacity for rapid biomanufacturing in response to future threats to global health. Click here for more information.

Remaking the Future of Engineering

CHMS is proud to have a faculty that is over one quarter female, one of the leading figures for an engineering department in the country. Professors Stephanie Dungan, Denise Krol, Tonya Kuhl, Marjorie Longo, Karen McDonald, Alexandra Navrotsky, Ann Orel, Julie Schoenung, and Yayoi Takamura are all leaders in the fields of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. They have been honored as researchers, won distinguished teaching awards, serve the campus in high-level administrative roles, and hold prestigious appointments in professional societies. In addition, they serve as mentors for the next generation of women chemical engineers and materials scientists.

Congratulations to Professor Ristenpart, the new Chancellor's Fellow!

The CHMS department is honored to announce that Professor William Ristenpart has been named Chancellor’s Fellow. The Chancellor’s Fellowship honors outstanding faculty early in their careers.

Professor Ristenpart will hold the title of Chancellor’s Fellow for five years, and has been awarded $25,000 to support his research, teaching, and service activities. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program is partially supported by the Davis Chancellor’s Club and UC Davis’ Annual Fund.





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