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David Ojcius: on Lifelong Learning as a Researcher

“The industry I’m in is actually two in one: teaching and research. I love teaching and interacting with students. In many ways I learn as I teach them. I love their enthusiasm and their optimism. The thing about research is you are a student for life. You constantly have to learn new skills. It requires you to be a lifelong learner, which is something I enjoy.”



David Ojcius of SF, California, is a professor and researcher with a wealth of experience.

In 1979, David Ojcius graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and continued his education there to earn his Ph.D. in Biophysics. He then completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Rockefeller University.

Taking his skills to France, David Ojcius began his career at the Pasteur Institute, which had received Nobel Prizes in areas related to molecular biology and infections. He worked as a researcher and studied interactions between human pathogens and host immune systems.

After 13 years in France, David Ojcius moved back to the U.S. with his wife and children. He took a job at the University of California, Merced, opening up a new campus as founding faculty member. He joined the Dugoni School at the University of the Pacific in SF in 2015, becoming the chair of the department responsible for delivering most of the science courses in the dental school, including Biochemistry, Physiology and Microbiology.

What do you love most about the industry you are in?

The industry I’m in is actually two in one: teaching and research. I love teaching and interacting with students. In many ways I learn as I teach them. I love their enthusiasm and their optimism. The thing about research is you are a student for life. You constantly have to learn new skills. It requires you to be a lifelong learner, which is something I enjoy.

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