Brittany Dugger, Ph.D.

UC Noyce Initiative Researcher Named Chancellor's Fellow

Brittany Dugger, Ph.D. wins early career award

Congratulations to UC Noyce Initiative researcher Brittany Dugger, Ph.D. for being named one of the 2024 Chancellor's Fellows for UC Davis. Dugger was one of nine early career academics who were given this title in recognition of doing exemplary work.

“These outstanding faculty members are some of our brightest and most promising scholars,” UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May said. “I know they will continue to impress and shine a light on the groundbreaking work happening here at UC Davis. I expect this recognition and support will help propel them to even greater heights.”

More about Brittany Dugger

Dugger is an associate professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Her research focuses on understanding diversity within neurodegenerative diseases and the development of innovative tools for deeper analysis of the human brain. Her works bridge the fields of machine learning and computer engineering, data science and social determinants of health. She is the foremost expert in digital neuropathology. Her laboratory’s research, in collaboration with institutions across the country, sparked a new wave of science, leading to advancements on a national level. She has produced high-impact publications that contribute to our understanding of neuropathologies. In addition to running her laboratory, Dugger leads neuropathology programs for numerous National Institutes of Health-funded studies and centers at UC Davis.

“Dr. Dugger is a triple talent: outstanding in research, teaching, and service on local, national, and international levels,” wrote Kim E. Barrett, distinguished professor and vice dean for research in the School of Medicine. “She is a highly valued faculty member with a superb record of achievement in neurodegenerative diseases research. I am positive Dr. Dugger will continue to make her mark both as a leader in her field and as a leader at UC Davis.”

UC Noyce Initiative Connection

She was named a UC Noyce Initiative researcher during the 2022-23 academic year. Dugger is part of a UC Noyce Initiative research collaborative that includes UC Davis researcher Chen-Nee Chuah, UC Irvine researcher Peter Chang and UCSF researcher Michael Keiser. Together the team is working to develop an accessible deep-learning framework for neuropathology and neuroradiology image analysis to aid deep phenotyping of neurodegenerative cerebrovascular diseases. It is is work that could give greater insight into our understanding of Alzheimer's and dementia. 

More on UC Davis Chancellor's Fellows Award

The Chancellor’s Fellows program was created in 2000, and this year’s class brings the total number of recipients to an even 200. Recipients carry the title for five years and are awarded $25,000 in unrestricted philanthropic support for research or other scholarly work.

Read the full article on the UC Davis News site.

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