About Dr. Chana Palmer Davis

Dr. Chana Davis. Photo credit Maria Asselin-Roy

The idea for Fueled by Science came from a desire to help friends and family who wanted to change their diets but didn’t know how. 

Some sought to eat less meat or less dairy, while others simply wanted to “eat healthier”. Some wanted little tweaks, others wanted total transformations. More often than not, they didn’t know who to believe or how to get started.

Even for someone fluent in the language of science, it can be challenging to navigate the vast sea of conflicting nutritional advice.  I am here to do just that so you don’t have to!

My core values

  1. Honesty. In any research and writing, our personal biases can come into play. I work hard to be aware of my biases and not let them cloud my judgement. Transparency is #1.
  2. Science-based. I pride myself on being data-driven in my personal decisions as well as in my advice to others. My opinions cannot be bought!
  3. Role Modeling. For myself and my family, healthy living is a high priority. I aim for plenty of sleep, regular vigorous (and fun!) exercise. Our diets are built around whole, plant-based foods, but we allow ourselves plenty of ‘cheats’ for convenience, pleasure and fun. I also strive to keep stress in check. 
Living my dream of becoming a sleuth! Photo credit Maris Wulff

My journey

I have always been full of questions and drawn to science to help answer them…

As a young girl, I loved any kind of puzzle or mystery, and aspired to become a detective. I later dreamt of becoming a geneticist who would unlock the mysteries of DNA. 

Chasing this dream led me from rainy Vancouver, BC to sunny Stanford, California where I completed a PhD in genetics. I spent the next decade immersed in cancer research and personalized medicine before changing directions.

My early career was focused on cancer research and personalized medicine. Working with the Canary Foundation, Genentech, and Genome BC, I witnessed the rocky road of translational science (moving from discovery research through to practical medical advances). Check out my Linked In profile to learn more about my career in bioscience research.

After turning forty (and welcoming my second and third children into the world), I changed directions and pursued my passion for helping others thrive on a plant-rich diet.  My youngest child, Fueled by Science, was born in the spring of 2018. 

Thank you for joining me and my family in this chapter of my journey. 

Stay in touch and stay tuned!


Sincerely yours,

Dr. Chana Palmer Davis

Disclaimer: I am neither a physician nor a dietician. As a PhD scientist my strength is in interpretation of scientific findings (or lack thereof!). This site is not intended to provide medical advice.
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