Craig Wheelock Selected for 2011 Alumni Lecture, UC Davis Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group
May 19, 2011
Craig Wheelock, an associate professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, was selected to present this year's alumni lecture to the UC Davis Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group. He studied with major professor Bruce Hammock and received his doctorate in 2002.
DAVIS---Craig Wheelock, who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis and is now an associate professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, was selected by the UC Davis Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group to present this year's alumni lecture.
Wheelock, an associate professor in the Division of Physiological Chemistry II, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institute, lectured on "Agrochemicals to Atherosclerosis” on May 9.
He received his Ph.D. with major professor Bruce Hammock in 2002. “The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics is a department that boasts three Nobel Prize winners,” said Hammock, who introduced Wheelock at the event. "Craig is well known internationally for his omic work and his analytical chemistry."
Of his research, Wheelock says: "My laboratory uses mass spectrometry approaches to investigate inflammatory processes with a focus on respiratory and cardiovascular disease. ”We integrate high-throughput data structures with bioinformatics and multivariate statistical approaches to create system-based models of disease. We are particularly interested in understanding the etiology of an inflammatory event and its subsequent resolution to enable intervention prior to the initial inflammatory onset, or provoke a shift to the resolution phase."
When asked about his education and training at UC Davis, Wheelock said: “The preparation and training I received during my tenure at UC Davis has provided me with the skills and experience needed to be successful in multiple research environments. In particular, the training I received in grant writing, critical thinking and presentation skills in combination with the academic freedom to shape and drive my own dissertation research has prepared me well for my career.”
A native of Jackson, Calif., Wheelock earned degrees from UC Santa Cruz (bachelor's in marine biology and master's in marine sciences).
Wheelock was joined at the UC Davis lecture by his wife and fellow Karolinska Institute faculty member Åsa Wheelock, who in 2004 received her doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology with professor Alan Buckpitt, UC Davis Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology