Shirley Gee to Discuss 'Advances in Immunoassays for Pesticide Detection' at WCAHS Seminar
Feb. 29, 2012
DAVIS--Senior research associate Shirley Gee of the Bruce Hammock laboratory, UC Davis Department of Entomology, will speak on “Advances in Immunoassays for Pesticide Detection” from 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, March 5 at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) seminar.
The seminar will take place in the board room (upstairs) of the Center for Health and Environment (CHE), located on Old Davis Road, on the southern boundary of the UC Davis campus. (See flier and the WCAHS newsletter.)
A 35-year UC Davis employee, Gee manages the Hammock research lab, which includes 30 to 40 scientists: graduate students, technicians, post graduates and visiting professors from all over the world. She has been with the Hammock lab since 1985.
Gee's area of expertise is the development of "ELISA" (enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assays) for pesticides and other environmental pollutants and their metabolites. Gee has trained scientists from France, Germany Japan, China, India and Australia. She led research on the concept of using immunoassays to detect environmental contaminants.
The Hammock lab, highly involved in collaborative work to develop rapid biosensor technology based on unique europium oxide nanoparticles, was among the first to explore accelerator mass spectrometry for microdosing and human metabolism studies.
Gee’s work has been recognized repeatedly with achievement awards and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Locally, she received a 2011 UC Davis Staff Assembly citation for excellence for her outstanding work.
“Her input is critical to every project under way in our lab,” said Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology. “One research project brought almost $2 million in direct costs to the campus last year; she is one of the unsung heroes who keeps this program going.”
At the citation-for-excellence awards ceremony, held at Chancellor Linda Katehi's residence, Gee was praised as being “extremely efficient and effective” and a “can-do person skilled at anticipating and solving problems in a friendly, courteous and timely manner.".Gee “seeks ways to help the lab and the department be successful,” the nominators wrote. She was the first research associate at UC Davis to be given principal investigator status on grants. On her own she developed a computer-based chemical and equipment inventory system in the laboratory which could be used throughout the university. Gee is also the department’s safety officer.
Gee received her bachelor of science degree in biological sciences at UC Davis in 1973 and her master’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology at UC Davis in 1981.
For more information, contact Sandra Freeland, manager of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 752-5253.
Directions to CHE:
From Sacramento take I-80 west to Davis. Use UC Davis Exit. Turn left at the stop sign and go under freeway overpass and drive approximately 0.5 miles. Cross the railroad tracks and take the third gate on the left. A yellow and blue sign, "Center for Health and the Environment," marks the entrance.
From San Francisco take I-80 east to Davis. Use UC Davis Exit. Turn right at the stop sign and go approximately 0.5 miles. Cross the railroad tracks and take the third gate on the left. A yellow and blue sign, "Center for Health and the Environment," marks the entrance.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology