Sierra Durham

Sierra Durham

Sierra Durham, Ph.D.

Position Title
Graduate Student, Ph.D.

Food Science and Technology

Research Advisor

Degree Pursuing (MS/PhD):



B.S. Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2017)


Sierra’s research in Dr. Daniela Barile’s lab, focuses on applying liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques to identify and quantify oligosaccharides in milk and other dairy streams. Her recent projects have included exploration and analysis these bioactive compounds in milk and dairy products originating from bovine, human, and caprine sources in their raw forms and after enzymatic or microbial treatment. Outside of the lab, Sierra is active in the UC Davis Food Science Graduate Student Association as the organization’s vice president and regularly volunteers with the Yolo County Library’s Yolo Reads program to help local adults improve their English literacy. After completing her degree, Sierra plans to apply her analytical chemistry skills to a career in the food industry.