Chancellor’s Fellows Make Their Mark

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<strong>Chancellor&rsquo;s Fellows, from left: Top row &mdash; Shiva Ahmadi, Wiebke Bleidorn, Dario Cantu, Joanna Chiu and Stacey Combes. Bottom row &mdash; Dennis Hartigan-O&rsquo;Connor, Garving Kevin Luli, Beatriz Mart&iacute;nez-L&oacute;pez, Emilija Pantic and Katie Peterson.</strong>

Chancellor Gary S. May has named the 2019 class of Chancellor’s Fellows, the university’s annual honors program recognizing associate professors for high achievement in the quality and excellence of research and teaching.


  • Shiva Ahmadi
  • Wiebke Bleidorn
  • Dario Cantu
  • Joanna Chiu
  • Stacey Combes
  • Dennis Hartigan-O’Connor
  • Garving Kevin Luli
  • Beatriz Martínez-López
  • Emilija Pantic
  • Katie Peterson

In this 19th year of the program, May named 10 Chancellor’s Fellows: two biologists (one who studies grapevine disease, the other how insects fly), an artist and a poet, a medical microbiologist, a molecular geneticist and a veterinary epidemiologist, a psychologist and a mathematician, and a physicist looking for “dark matter.”

“We say ‘congratulations’ to these early-career faculty members,” Chancellor Gary S. May said. “They’ve clearly made a mark both at UC Davis and within the academy generally. I have no doubt their contributions will continue to grow.”

Each Chancellor’s Fellow keeps the title for five years and receives a $25,000 prize for their research or other scholarly work. Funding comes from private donations to the UC Davis Annual Fund and the UC Davis Parents Fund. See all Giving opportunities.

“This program highlights how donors to UC Davis are supporting our faculty across the disciplines,” said Shaun Keister, vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations. “Our Chancellor’s Fellows are propelling our university to greater excellence.”

Here are the new fellows (click anywhere in each box, to see the fellow's lab or faculty page):

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