The Davis Alt Protein Project

The Davis Alt Protein Project (Davis APP) is a multidisciplinary team of graduate and undergraduate students aiming to advance the field of alternative proteins: plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cell-cultured innovations. These innovative products aim to mimic conventional forms of meat, dairy, and eggs to advance the development of a more sustainable and equitable food supply⁠—especially in the face of a growing global population and limited ability to scale-up conventional agriculture sufficiently.

As a leading research university in food and agricultural science, UC Davis offers an extraordinary platform to propel student engagement in the field of alternative proteins. The Davis Alt Protein Project is uniquely situated between the booming ag-tech, biotech, and food-tech startups of the Bay Area and the bountiful growing region of the Central Valley.

University of California, Davis

1 Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616

2022-23 Executive Board

Nick Johnson


Graduate Student, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

> Leach Lab


Favorite Alt Protein:  Meati Chicken

Interests: Cooking, Guitar, Drums, Slacklining, Nature

Ted O'Neill

Co-VP and Founder

Graduate Student, PhD

Food Science and Technology

> Block Lab & Baar Lab

> New Harvest Fellow


Favorite Alt Protein: JUST Egg

Interests: Music, Fitness, Cooking / Baking, DIY

Jules Madigan


Graduate Student, PhD



> TurtleTree Scientific Affairs Assistant


Favorite Alt Protein: Modern Kitchen Onion & Chive Cream Cheese

Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, Cooking, Music

Mayrene Huynh

Creative Director

Undergraduate Student, 3rd Year

Food Science and Technology

> Block Lab


Favorite Alt Protein: Impossible Chicken Nuggets

Interests: Video Games, Music, Cooking / Baking, Arts & Crafts

Natalie Hamada

Events Coordinator

Graduate Student, PhD

Plant Biology

> Shabek Lab


Favorite Alt Protein: Beyond Breakfast Sausage

Interests: The Gym, Cooking, Cats, Being Outside & Generally Active

Andie Filler


Graduate Student, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

> Leach Lab

> Beyond Meat Research Associate


Favorite Alt Protein: JUST Folded Egg

Interests: Cooking / Baking, Running, Environmental Sustainability

Officer Alumni

Angelica Guercio

Events Coordinator

Minami Ogawa

Social Media & Communications Officer

(June 2021 - Mar 2022)

Sophia Pinton

Co-Vice President

(Feb 2020 - Dec 2021)

Mirai Miura

External Affairs Officer

(Feb 2020 - June 2021)

Anh Tran

Financial Officer

(Feb 2020 - Aug 2021)

Mariah Mier

Information Officer

(Feb 2020 - June 2021)