Department: Biological Sciences
BS in Biological Sciences, with focus on Molecular and Cellular Biology, from California
Polytechnic State University (2010)
PhD in Microbiology from UC Davis (2017)
Dr. Shani's main interest is microbiology, with a focus on microbial communities associated with the human host. His graduate research was focused on beneficial microbes present in the digestive tract of breast-fed infants, and how complex sugars found (almost) exclusively in human milk influence the healthy microbiome of the baby). He is also very interested in the microbiology of food, especially fermented foods.
BIOL 4: Microbiology
Dr. Shani is an avid cook and baker, and is always on the lookout for new recipes (especially unusual ones that come from far-away places).
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. " --Terry Pratchett
"Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness." --Terry Pratchett