Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague earned B.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from The University of California, Los Angeles working with Professor Michael Jung.  She then moved to Yale University as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Samuel Danishefsky.  In 1992, Professor Gervay-Hague began her independent academic career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona.  She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998. Professor Gervay-Hague spent a sabbatical year as an on-sight consultant at Roche Bioscience in Palo Alto in 2000 before moving to UC Davis as a Full Professor.  In 2009, Professor Gervay- Hague assumed the position of Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement in the office of the Chancellor and Provost at UC, Davis. In  2011, she was appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry. Professor Gervay-Hague also served as the Division Director of Chemistry in the Directorate of Math and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA from 2013-2014.  Professor Gervay-Hague is a synthetic organic chemist working at the food-energy-medicine nexus. Studies in her lab with immune stimulating molecules have revealed the exchange of carbohydrates and lipids occurring between the kingdoms of life that impacts human health. Her lab is especially interested in chemically characterizing nutraceuticals isolated from tea derived from Camellia Sinensis.  Having developed the ability to grow tea hydroponically,  in tissue culture and cell culture, research interests have expanded to include food, nutrition and medicinal applications.  Professor Gervay-Hague was named an Eli Lilly Grantee in 1997 and was appointed a Sloan Fellow in1998.  In 1999, she was awarded the Horace S. Isbell Prize by the Carbohydrate division of the AmericanChemical Society, and she was also the recipient of the GenCorp Technology Achievement Award. The AmericanChemical Society recognized Professor Gervay-Hague’s excellence in science and contributions to the society by naming her among the inaugural ACS Fellow’s in 2009.  Professor Gervay-Hague has served on numerous editorial boards, most prominently as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Organic Chemistry (2003-16).  In 2012, she was elected an AAAS Fellow for her distinguished contributions to chemistry, particularly for the development of glycosylation methodologies and the synthesis and characterization of biomimetic macromolecules.


  • 1981 – 198         UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, BS, Chemistry
  • 1985 – 1990      UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry


  • 1990 – 1992       NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • 1992 – 1998       Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • 1998 – 2001       Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • 2000 – 2001       On-Site Consultant, Internal Disease Unit, Roche Bioscience Palo Alto, CA (Sabbatical Leave)
  • 2001 – present  Professor, Dept. of Chemistry University of California, Davis
  • 2009 – 2011       Associate Vice Provost-Outreach and Engagement, University of California, Davis
  • 2011 – 2013       Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis
  • 2012 – 2013       Consultant, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
  • 2013 – 2014       Director, Division of Chemistry, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 – present   Faculty Member, UC Davis Food Science Graduate Group
  • 2016 – present   Faculty Member, UC Davis, Global Tea Initiative
  • 2015 – 2020        Scientific Advisory Board, GlycoNet, Canada
  • 2012                         Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2009                         Fellow, American Chemical Society
  • 2006                         Board of Editors, Organic Reactions
  • 2003 – 2016        Associate Editor, Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • 2003                         Chair, Carbohydrates Gordon Conference
  • 2001 – present   Faculty Member, UC Davis National Cancer Institute
  • 2001                         Vice Chair of Carbohydrates Gordon Research Conference
  • 1999                         GenCorp 1999 Technology Achievement Award
  • 1999                         Horace S. Isbell Award, ACS, Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry
  • 1998                          Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
  • 1997                          Eli Lilly Academic Awardee
  • 1997                          University of Arizona, College of Science, Innovation in Teaching Award
  • 1997                          University of Arizona, Five Star Faculty Nominee
  • 1996                          NSF Career Award
  • 1995                          University of Arizona, Mortor Board Outstanding Faculty Service
  • 1989                          Saul Winstein Dissertation Awardee, UCLA
  • 1987                          Teaching Award, UCLA
  • 1985                          American Institute of Chemists Award
  • 1984-1985            University President’s Fellowship, UCLA