Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
PhD, Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
MS, in Nutritional Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
BS, in Food and Nutrition Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
After completing her PhD in 2010, Dr. Rikki Somers Corniola served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience at Stanford University until 2012, at which time she joined the California Northstate University College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Nutrition. Her scholarly work includes 13 primary research articles, reviews, and book chapters in the areas of nutrition and neuroscience.
In the years since joining CNU, Dr. Corniola has filled several critical roles at the university, including Director of Curriculum Mapping and Director of Accreditation and Assessment. In 2014, she led the College of Medicine through its successful WASC site visit and, in 2015, spearheaded the successful WASC accreditation proposal and site visit for the College of Health Sciences. She sits on many of the College’s service committees, including the curriculum committee and the assessment committee, for which she is chair.
MA, Italian Language and Literature, Middlebury College
MA, French Language and Literature, Middlebury College
BA, French, University of California, Santa Barbara
With over 20 years in higher education and non-profit management in Texas and California, Ms. Delgado possesses expertise in teaching intercultural communication; program development that targets underserved students; presenting intercultural communication, advising, diversity and social justice workshops.
In 2002, upon leaving her role as a Crisis Intervention Team Specialist with Mental Health Association in Houston, Texas, Ms. Delgado joined the University of California, Davis, where from 2002 –2015 she held such positions as Outreach Coordinator, Education Specialist, and Outreach and Program Manager for International Students and Scholars, and Intercultural Leadership instructor.
During her career at UC Davis, Ms. Delgado was the recipient of four Principles of Community Awards, two individual and two team recognitions, for dedication to social justice and diversity at UC Davis and in the greater community. In fact, Ms. Delgado was a member of volunteer diversity trainers for Office of Campus Community Relations for 12 years and a three-time volunteer for Seeds of Learning, a non-profit that builds schools in rural villages in El Salvador and Nicaragua. In spring 2015, UC Davis created the Moira Delgado Campus Involvement Award, in honor of the great strides Ms. Delgado made for creating a more inclusive, welcoming environment for international students and scholars.
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
PhD, Biological Sciences, Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
BS, Genetics, University of California, Davis
AA, Biology, Hartnell Community College
Dr. Damon Meyer received his doctorate in Genetics and Molecular biology from the Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. His graduate research focused on the dynamic interplay between telomere stability and genome stability, which has the potential to impact aging and cancer development. Upon completion of his Doctor of Philosophy degree, Dr. Damon Meyer joined the lab of Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Heyer at the University of California, Davis in 2009 as a Postdoctoral Scholar, where he examined the genetic and molecular mechanisms of DNA damage repair. Specifically, he explored a DNA damage repair pathway which requires the use of microhomologies to facilitate repair known as microhomology mediated end-joining (MMEJ). In addition to his postdoctoral research, from 2011 – 2015, Dr. Meyer was an instructor at Woodland Community College, teaching microbiology, ecology, general biology and human anatomy.
During his graduate and postdoctoral work, Dr. Damon Meyer has received several awards, including a Department of Defense Pre-Doctoral Training Grant from 2004-2007, a UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oncogenic Signals and Chromosome Biology, UC Davis Cancer Center, in 2009, and the California Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, from 2009 - 2011. Furthermore, his work has resulted in several scientific publications including a 2015 publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oregon
PhD, Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
BS, Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
With over 10 years of chemical research experience, Dr. Nicholas Valley brings breadth to his work, including interests in computational chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, and interfacial structure and dynamics. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oregon from 2012 – 2015, Dr. Valley focused on the development of methodology for the calculation of vibrational sum frequency spectra of molecules at aqueous interfaces, programming automation of calculation of spectra combining data from classical molecular dynamics and electronic structure methods, and calculating behavioral and spectral properties of environmentally relevant molecules at aqueous interfaces.
In addition to his graduate teaching and research experience at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University, Dr. Valley has co-authored numerous publications, including several as first author of record, and is presently a member of American Chemical Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University
PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
MA, Anthropology, University of Southern Illinois
BS, Anthropology, University of California, Davis
Dr. Katherine Whitcome is a biological anthropologist interested in evolutionary and biomechanical aspects of bipedal posture and gait. Although many anthropologists study human bipedalism, they do so primarily through examination of fossils, with the aim of reconstructing the time and the place of its ancestral origin. In contrast, Dr. Whitcome’s academic work focuses on the relationship between functional anatomy and movement activity as a means of understanding WHY our ancestors became bipedal and HOW this behavior impacts modern life. Furthermore, given that the physical challenges females confront during pregnancy and infant carrying have received relatively little attention despite their evolutionary role in shaping our species, she tests novel locomotor hypotheses related to female reproduction. Finally, because mobility throughout life is a key component of human health, her work encompasses scholarship that is relevant both to anthropology and to medicine. In exploring these themes, she applies diverse methodologies including three-dimensional kinematics of natural motion, kinetics of force production, musculoskeletal modeling, experimental biomechanics and comparative morphometrics.
She served as a Co-Investigator and Collaborating Faculty at the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital from 2012 to 2015 and as an Assistant Professor in Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati from 2009 to 2015. Additionally, she has taught at Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and as an instructor at the University of Texas, Austin.
Dr. Whitcome has served as a manuscript reviewer for many major journals, including Science, and her own research is published in Nature, the Journal of Human Evolution, the Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, and the Anatomical Record. Her research has been funded by grantors including the National Science Foundation, the Leakey Foundation and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.
Postdoctoral Research, University of Colorado, Boulder
PhD, Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
BS, Biochemistry with honors, California State University, Long Beach, CA
BS, Mathematics with honors, California State University, Long Beach, CA
BA, Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Dr. Christopher Wostenberg has been tutoring and mentoring students in science and math since he was a sophomore at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). While at CSULB, Dr. Wostenberg was involved in undergraduate research in the field of organic synthesis under the guidance of Dr. Eric Marinez.
At Pennsylvania State University (PSU), where he entered under a departmental and university fellowship, Dr. Wostenberg’s area of study as a graduate student was protein structure and dynamics and their relationship to binding in the lab of Dr. Scott Showalter. While obtaining his PhD in Chemistry at PSU, he served as a teaching assistant for the first semester of organic chemistry. Among his accolades of distinction at PSU are the Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology and the Braucher Award for graduate research in Chemistry, both awarded in 2010.
Prior to joining the faculty at California Northstate University in the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Wostenberg was a post-doctoral researcher in the Batey lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU, Boulder) from 2012 - 2015. His research was in the field of biochemistry/biophysics, however, he switched to studying RNA structure and function utilizing riboswitches as a model RNA.
Currently, Dr. Wostenberg is collaborating with the College of Health Sciences faculty members to design chemistry lectures and labs as well as the math placement exam and Introduction to College Math course. Additionally, he is a member of RNA society and the American Chemical Society. His research interests are understanding the role structure and dynamics has on the function of biological macromolecules.
PhD, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
MS, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
MA, Literature, Northern Arizona University
BA, English, Virginia Tech
William Davis received his first degrees in literature, but his interest in philosophy of technology led him to pursue his doctorate from Virginia Tech in Science and Technology Studies (STS). Dr. Davis's work focuses on speculative ethics of emerging technologies, object-oriented ontology, bioethics, as well as post- and transhumanism. His dissertation elaborates what he describes as an "un-disciplined" philosophy of technology that is accessible to more than a small cadre of academic philosophers and is responsive to the increasing complexity and diversity of human-technology relationships.
Dr. Davis teaches courses in philosophy (PHIL 310), communication (COMM 110), humanities (HUMN 210), and sociology (SOCL 410). He also coordinates pedagogical training for peer-assistant tutors (COL 590), and leads COLL 510 and 520, the Health Professions Seminar series.
His current interests and work involve incorporating social epistemology into an undergraduate health sciences curriculum. In terms of research, he investigates the philosophical and social implications of emerging health science and technology. He is developing projects that invite CHS students to contribute their ideas and perspectives through various media including written formats, audio podcasts, and video.
PhD in Psychology, University of Queensland
MS, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
BA in Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
Dr. Cassandra Perryman began her career working as both a mental health worker and OSHA training specialist. After developing both a mental health advocacy program, and a full employee training and safety program she decided it was time to get a University degree.
Dr Perryman completed her bachelor in psychology with a minor in law in 2009. By the time she finished her undergraduate degree, she had three publications. The first in the field of psychometrics and the following two in qualitative perspective of the In Home Support Services Program of Sacramento County. In 2010, Dr Perryman left for Australia to commence her PhD at the University of Queensland. Both research and teaching commenced in January of 2011, and Dr Perryman worked as a both a lecturer and privately funded researcher. The focus of research was the process of change and interaction of PTSD in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Her teaching was primarily in statistics and applied psychology. In 2015, Dr Perryman was awarded her PhD in Psychology without edit.
In August of 2016, family circumstances required Dr Perryman to return to Sacramento and she began work at California State University, Sacramento under the auspices of her previous professors. She has since been hired on as a part-time lecturer, and splits her time between CSUS and CNSU.
Aside from her academic life, Dr Perryman is a proud geek, animal lover, and quilter. She currently enjoys the company of her partner, three children, and three cats.
Postdoctoral Researchers, University of California Davis, Davis CA
PhD, Biomedical Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
BS, Biomedical Mathematics, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
AA, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens FL
Dr. Molly Foote earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Florida State University’s College of Medicine in Tallahassee, FL. Her graduate research focused on developing novel animal models in order to understand the underlying pathology of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Schizophrenia. This work has been presented at several international conferences and led to multiple peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience and featured on the cover for Biological Psychiatry.
Upon completion of her graduate work, Dr. Foote joined the laboratory of Dr. Robert Berman at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine’s department of Neurological Surgery. Her postdoctoral research developed novel animal models to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms of disease progression in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, including Fragile X Syndrome and Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS). Her research has been presented at several international scientific conferences and has resulted in multiple publications.
Outside of the laboratory, Dr. Foote is passionate about scientific communication, career development and outreach. While at UCD, she served as the Chair of the Postdoctoral Scholars Association and institutionalized the Postdoctoral Research Symposium. She has designed and participated in several career development and exploration resources and events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. In the local community, she has been involved in a variety Neuroscience Outreach programs with UC Davis. She also served as a board member on the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She is an active member in the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
Doctoral Student: Post-Secondary and Adult Education, Capella University
Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching, Capella University
MA Education Administration, Santa Clara University
California State Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, Santa Clara University
BA English, San Jose State University
Mrs. Wise has been teaching English composition and literature for over twenty years in grades K – College. Mrs. Wise has also served in a variety of administrative roles including elementary and high school principal, curriculum development, online course design, program management/evaluation and WASC accreditation/UC and NCAA eligibility certification. Mrs. Wise has given numerous presentations on applying adult learning theories to instructional practices. She currently teaches Critical Thinking and English Composition, both online and on campus, at University of Phoenix in Sacramento, and serves as an academic advisor for two local non-profit education organizations.