Completed Projects

LabAspire was designed to provide information about the exciting career opportunities in California's public health laboratories. These labs serve the general public by screening newborns for various genetic and congenital disorders; watching for disease-producing agents in food, humans, and animals; and testing for new threats like West Nile virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), avian influenza, and bioterrorism.

Bolivian IRB Project
February 2011
This project co- lead with University of California, Davis Institutional Review Board (IRB) Director Eric Mah provided IRB training to Bolivian faculty and graduate students at the Universidad Cat贸lica La Paz and Santa Cruz. This collaboration provided an opportunity for Bolivian scholars to develop capacity at the local university level to review human subjects research protocols and create university IRB review committees.

LabAspire Outreach & Recruitment Program
The California Wellness Foundation, 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2011
This project provided supplemental funding to the LabAspire program to support targeted outreach and recruitment to undergraduate and graduate students located in community colleges, CSU and UC campuses to increase the diversity of applicants to all positions within the California Public Health Laboratory system. The goal was to ensure greater representation of the California's diverse population in the public health workforce.

Public Health Laboratory Director Training Program
California Department Of Public Health,7/01/2007 - 6/30/2010
Original contract to develop, establish and implement the California LabAspire Program as described above.

Nigeria Interfaith Response to HIV/AIDS
UC Davis Academic Center Committee On Research, 7/01/2006 - 6/30/2007
The purpose of NIRHA was to show that an HIV prevention education campaigns must be implemented with culturally sensitive and religiously integrated intervention techniques in Nigeria due to the overwhelming influence of religious beliefs on high-risk behavior. The funding brought together key religious leaders in Nigeria to assess how religious doctrine and religious leaders influenced individual behavior through religious doctrine and begin discussion of HIV/AIDS prevention and education interventions working with these identified religious leaders. The results of this project contributed to greater understanding of the role religious leadership can play on a global scale in the reduction of HIV transmission.