Dr. Beatriz Martínez López
Dr. Beatriz Martínez López was selected as a 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Fellow.

Congratulations to Dr. Beatriz Martínez López on being selected as a 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Fellow! In this 19th year of the program, Chancellor Gary S. May named 10 to the 2019 Class of Chancellor’s Fellow—the university’s annual honors program recognizing associate professors for high achievement in the quality and excellence of research and teaching.

Martínez López is a veterinary epidemiologist who directs the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS), and is described as “an impressive problem solver” by her colleagues. Her work has helped improve surveillance, mitigation and prevention strategies for diseases affecting livestock, poultry, fish and shellfish—diseases that can have major economic consequences and public health impacts.

In addition to Martínez López, the chancellor selected 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.” More information about these fellows can be found in the Dateline article.

Martínez López and her CADMS team host and continue to develop the Disease BioPortal, a global tool designed to improve health, productivity and welfare of livestock and poultry by contributing to the prevention, early detection and better control of animal diseases.

“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.

“Dr. Martinez Lopez is exceptionally talent epidemiologist and has gained international recognition for her research,” said Dean Michael Lairmore. “We are extremely proud of her and feel she is very deserving of the honor of being named a Chancellor’s Fellow.”