Gerardo Mackenzie

Gerardo Mackenzie named Chancellor's Fellow

Associate Professor Gerardo Mackenzie has been named one of 12 Chancellor's fellows at UC Davis.  

Chancellor’s Fellows are faculty members who will carry the chancellor’s imprimatur for five years in recognition of their outstanding work in academia. “These 12 newest fellows represent our university at its very best,” Chancellor Gary S. May said. “They are now part of a proud 22-year history for the Chancellor’s Fellows program. These fellows are making advances that help solve complex and critical issues, while also helping our students become critical thinkers and problem-solvers.”

UC Davis has designated 178 Chancellor’s Fellows since 2000. For all that time, the UC Davis Annual Fund, Davis Chancellor’s Club and the UC Davis Parents Fund have provided unrestricted philanthropic support to each of the fellows for research or other scholarly work.  Each fellow receives $25,000 in unrestricted funding.

A nutritional biochemist, Dr. Mackenzie researches the role of diet and lifestyle in cancer development and prevention. He explores dietary interventions, such as the ketogenic diet that has gained attention for its anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory potential in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapy as a novel treatment for pancreatic cancer. He also looks at the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the link between obesity, inflammation and cancer.

“All aspects of Dr. Mackenzie’s academic record at UC Davis demonstrate exemplary contributions to creative scholarship, service, teaching and mentoring, and particularly a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for all students.” — Helene Dillard, dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

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