About Us

The staff of the Office of Research & Graduate Education work together to fulfill the primary functions of this important unit of the Dean's Office, School of Veterinary Medicine. Staff responsibilities include:

  • Research Program Leadership
  • Research Development Opportunities
  • Agriculture Experiment Station Research Programs (Programmatic & Fiscal)
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Oversight of Graduate Education Programs
  • Long-Range Planning Oversight of School-Wide Research Equipment & Facilities
  • Strict Full-Time Salary Plan
  • Special Projects

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Isaac Pessah

Dr. Isaac Pessah is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Programs in the Dean's Office.  Dr. Pessah can be reached at 530-752-6865.

Dr. Pessah's research focus is molecular and cellular signaling, including studies in molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cellular Ca2+ signaling. He also studies the structure, function, and pharmacology of ryanodine-sensitive calcium channels of sarcoplasmic and endoplasmic reticulum in striated muscle and mammalian brain, role of immunophilins in Ca2+-dependent and independent signaling cascades, genetic and xenobiotic factors influencing malignant hyperthermia susceptibility mechanisms responsible for the developmental neurotoxicity of halogenated aromatics Genetic and environmental factors influencing neurodevelopment. His specialty focus is toxicology.

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Leslie Nemeth

Leslie serves as the Department Manager and advisor to the Associate Dean, providing strategic planning and development, leadership, financial oversight and planning, organizational development, and supervision to the unit. She provides management of both intramural and extramural research funding programs housed within the unit including Center for Food Animal Health and the Pacific Southwest Center for Vector-borne Diseases. She identifies and cultivates funding opportunities, and provides guidance and direction on grants and contracts for School of Veterinary Medicine faculty including statistical and analytical management of the School's Strict Full-time Salary Plan. 

Leslie can be reached at 530-752-0549 or lanemeth@ucdavis.edu.

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Christine Munsterman

Christine is a Project and Policy Analyst who provides comprehensive statistical analysis in program planning and the evaluation of the School's sponsored and organized research activities. Other responsibilities include fiscal matters relating to School intramural and extramural funding and reporting, monitoring the Strict Full-Time Salary Cost Recovery Plan, and management and development of the research database. She is also responsible for reviewing, providing guidance and direction on grants and contracts for School of Veterinary Medicine faculty.

Christine can be reached at 530-754-7746 or cmmunsterman@ucdavis.edu.

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Jennifer Gouine

Jennifer is a Student Affairs Officer and provides programmatic support for veterinary and graduate student research programs managed in the School.  These programs include Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR); Graduate Student Support Program (GSSP); Yearlong Exposure to Advanced Research (YEAR) and Research and Education in Advanced Clinical Health (REACH). She is responsible for guiding students, event planning, compiling, analyzing and reporting data, and maintaining data for inquiries, applications and awards.

Jennifer can be reached at jagouine@ucdavis.edu.

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Eileen English

Eileen provides calendar support for the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. She also provides curricular support for SVM graduate elective courses and serves as the point of contact for travel and entertainment questions and processing.

Eileen can be reached at (530) 752-0570 or emenglish@ucdavis.edu.

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Tami Ali

Tami is the Administrator for both the Graduate Group in Epidemiology and the Graduate Group in Preventative Veterinary Medicine (formerly known as the MPVM Program). She manages all aspects of admissions, course schedules, student progress, funding, event planning, outreach, and disseminating information regarding graduate studies to faculty and students alike.

Tami can be reached at tali@ucdavis.edu.

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Jessica Drushell

Jessica is the Administrator for both the Graduate Group in Immunology and the Designated Emphasis in HMI. She manages all aspects of admissions, course schedules, student progress, funding, event planning, outreach, and disseminating information regarding graduate studies to faculty and students alike.

Jessica can be reached at jdrushell@ucdavis.edu.

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Erin Kent

Erin is the Administrator for the Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology. She manages all aspects of admissions, course schedules, student progress, funding, event planning, outreach, and disseminating information regarding graduate studies to faculty and students alike. She is also the staff coordinator for the VSTP program.

Erin can be reached at eckent@ucdavis.edu.

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Chrissy Kinkade

As the Clinical Trial Analyst for the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials (VCCT), Chrissy is the principal point of contact for anyone interested in veterinary clinical trials, whether that be pet owners, referring veterinarians, faculty/investigators or external sponsors.  In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the VCCT, she facilitates administrative processes associated with conducting clinical trials.  More specifically, Chrissy searches for funding opportunities, writes grants and protocols, helps with advertising/marketing, and facilitates contracts, grants, material and technology transfers, and fee-for-service requests.

Chrissy can be reached at 530-752-5366 or vetclintrials@ucdavis.edu.