Current & Recent



Title: Glycan Modulation of Pharmaceutical Glycoproteins by In Vitro Enzymatic Approaches
Goal: Impact of glycosylation on plant-made bioscavengers
Agency: Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Title: Center for Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES)
Goal: Development of platform technologies for biomanufacturing on Mars to provide food, fuels, pharmaceuticals and shelters for colonists
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Title: Technoeconomic Analysis of Plant-Made Endolysins for Food Safety
Goal: To develop a technoeconomic model to evaluate the capital requirements and cost of goods for a plant-made food safety additive
Agency: UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health

Title: U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security (USPCAS-AFS)
Goal: Developing climate-resilient plant-based recombinant subunit vaccine against Foot and Mouth Disease for cattle
Agency: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Title: Preparing Engineering Graduate Students for the 21st Century
Goal: A graduate training program to help diversify our engineering graduate programs
Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Title: UC Davis ADVANCE:  Institutional Transformation to Build and Sustain a Diverse Community of Innovative STEM Scholars
Goal: Programs for recruitment, retention and promotion of women STEM faculty
Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Title: Promoting health and economic development in the Sundarban region of India through improved nutritional and agricultural education and outreach
Goal: To design and implement a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program based on best-practice crop management techniques applicable to the climate-challenged regions
Agency: University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP) and Global HealthShare

Title: Novel Bioreactor-Based Systems for Producing Ebola Monoclonal Antibodies in Nicotiana benthamiana Plant Cell Suspension Culture
Goal: Development of a plant cell bioreactor system for production of ZMapp monoclonal antibodies
Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Title: In Vitro Evaluation of a Plant-Made Alpha-1-Antitrypsin
Goal: Analysis of neutrophil elastase inhibition of plant-made AAT, comparison with human plasma derived AAT
Agency: Alpha-1 Foundation

Title: Plant Based Manufacturing of Orphan Drug Human Biobetter Alpha-1-Antitrypsin
Goal: Downstream process development and techno-economic modeling for transient production of alpha-1 antitrypsin in Nicotiana benthamiana
Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF), Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Transfer (PFI: AIR-TT)

Title: Dynamic social networks: from research to marketplace
Goal: To develop collaboration software platform for content sharing within and among organizations
Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF), I-CORPS

Title: Recombinant BChE Production by Transient Agroinfiltration in Nicotiana benthamiana using a CMV Based Expression System
Goal: To develop in vitro sialylation technology for plant expressed proteins and to demonstrate proof of concept using butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) produced by transient agroinfiltration in wild‐type Nicotiana benthamiana
Agency: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Title: Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II (RDCP II)
Goal: To serve as technical assistance group to help Land O'Lakes, Inc., International Development (LOL-ID) advance the goals of their RDCP II to identify key sources of morbidity and mortality on smallholder dairy farms and in-country training workshops, specifically focused on the animal health side of farm-management practices to build the capacity
Agency: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Land O Lakes-International Development (LOL-ID)

Title: Viability, growth, stability and expression study of formulated and lyophilized rice calli (CellBrix) expressing recombinant butyrylcholinesterase (rBChE)
Goal: Production of recombinant butyrylcholinesterase (rBChE) in rice cell suspension culture and excretion of rBChE from metabolically-regulated transgenic cell cultures
Agency: Leidos, Inc.

Title: Alternative Manufacturing Processes for Recombinant Human Butyrylcholinesterase
Goal: Production of recombinant butyrylcholinesterase (rBChE) in rice cell suspension culture
Agency: SAIC, Inc.