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By Maria Akhter on December 19, 2017

Get inspired by what our UC Davis neurobiology, physiology and behavior majors are doing in their careers. The College of Biological Sciences, which houses this major, collects alumni news about the many paths its students have taken since graduation. Read more about this major on our blog.

Jade Lopez ’11

Neurobiology, physiology and behavior major Jade Lopez
Alumna Jade Lopez ’11

Jade Lopez entered UC Davis intent on using her neurobiology, physiology and behavior major to go to medical school. But a few life-changing internships opened up a new path for her in public health.

Now Jade works as a creative digital strategist for the nonprofit Youth + Tech + Health, where she handles communications, marketing and visual design. The nonprofit develops technology to help local youth lead healthier lives.

“While I am a huge proponent of clinical and curative care, my passions lie more within the realm of preventative and community health care,” she says. “There isn’t a lot of room for creativity in traditional practices of medicine, so I enjoy getting to be creative with art and visual design for health communications.”

She became passionate about community health after interning at the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center in San Francisco, where she worked with a team to provide mobile HIV/AIDS testing. She later joined the Peace Corps and realized her heart was in public health and community service.

Read more about Jade’s story.

We’re looking for more contributors. If you are a graduate who would like to share your career story, contact blog editor Susanne Rockwell at

Maria Akhter ’18, an economics and comparative literature double major, is an intern for UC Davis Strategic Communications. She enjoys using writing to connect with her campus community.


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