Patrick L. Cress
Exton PA *****
West Virginia University (Graduation Spring 2012)
Morgantown WV, 26505
Bachelors of Science in Biology
Relevant Courses Taken:
Org. Chemistry I & II (Spring 2010, Fall 2010) Principles of Genetics (Spring 2012)
Adv. Cellular/Molecular Biology (Fall 2011) Biochemistry (Fall 2011)
Statistical Analysis (Fall 2010) Forensic Biology (Spring 2012)
Basic Neurobiology (Fall 2011) Molecular Basis of Disease (Spring 2012)
The Importance of Touch DNA and its Analysis (Spring 2012)
Researched the topic of touch DNA, how it is collected from pieces of evidence and its subsequent methods of extraction and analysis
Researched methods relating to low copy number DNA quantification
Explored stochastic anomalies that are associated with analysis of low copy number DNA quantification
Investigated the admissibility of touch DNA within a court of law
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and the Novel Prion Protein (Fall 2011)
Researched the mechanisms behind the formation of mutated prion proteins and how they coalesce into amyloid plaques
Discussed the effects of mutated prions on the human immune system, neuronal degradation as well as the genetic components and environmental influences behind the mutation of prions
Substantiated details about the four iso-groups of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: iatrogenic, variant, familial, and sporadic CJD
The Environmental Impact of Sulfamethoxazole and Elevated UV Light Exposure on Native Plant Life (Spring 2010)
Wrote a formal proposal with preliminary research on both the antibiotic Sulfamethoxazole as well as our model plant Lemna minor or duckweed
Conducted research over a period of 6-8 weeks in a controlled greenhouse environment utilizing proper temperature and UV light exposure
Wrote a formal manuscript was written after the 6-8 research period and the results were analyzed via a two-way analysis of variance using ANOVA software
Gave a formal presentation was given during a poster session for students and faculty in the Department of Biology
Sexual Dimorphism Presentation (Spring 2012)
Researched, developed, and presented the dimorphisms between males and females on the cellular and molecular level based on fetal development, genetic expression, as well as the function of the different brain regions in adults that influence sexual behavior to two sections of WMST 170: Introduction to Women’s Studies
Ocean Ecology Presentation (Spring 2012)
Presented a slideshow examining plate tectonics and their effects on continental drift and the formation of tsunamis at subduction zones.
Demonstrated how global ocean events such as El-Nina and La-Nina, ocean gyres, and up-welling can effect local ecology as well as local and global weather.
Discussed anthropogenic pollution of the worlds oceans via nitrogenous and phosphate run-off from fertilizers that accumulate in delta regions resulting in algal blooms, overall impact of global warming and the effects of a warming ocean, as well as the impact of oil spills on local ecology within the site of impact and the impact on the overall health of the ocean
Researched and presented an assignment to the students to find a more efficient method to clean-up oil spills while mitigating the impact on the environment.
Job Shadow Experience at Allegheny County Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (Spring 2012)
Introduced to all sections of the laboratory including drug analysis, firearms, latent print, trace analysis, as well as forensic biology
Observed methods of presumptive testing of semen using acid phosphatase, and blood using phenolphalein, luminol, ouchterlany, and tetramethylbenzidine
Observed semen identification using alternative light source
Observed evidence identification and touch DNA collection from evidence
Introduced to the mobile forensic unit and briefed on the necessary training to become apart of the mobile unit
Lab and Field Worker (Summer 2010)
West Virginia University Summer Ecology Internship
Department of Biology
West Virginia University
PO Box 6057
Morgantown, WV 26506
Organized and conducted an original experiment measuring soil organic and mineral lead levels
Gathered soil cores from Fernow Ecological Preserve in Parsons WV and Middle Mountain LTSP (Long Term Soil Productivity) plots outside of Elkins WV
Processed soil cores in accordance to proper laboratory techniques using mortar and pestle in addition to a bench soil grinder and power sieve
Analyzed samples using a Varian Specra Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer with both flame and graphite tube analyzer
Toured the Canaan Valley Institute and its associated wildlife and ecological preserve sites
Tailored Turf Landscaping and Design (May 2006-August 2009)
360 Sanatoga Rd.
Pottstown PA 19465
Operated zero turn and walk behind mowers
Operated a Bobcat skid loader along with multiple attachments such as a power auger, bucket and power rake
Assisted in flower bed construction and arrangement as well as paver instillation, rock wall construction, sod instillation and mulching
Operated a fully loaded truck with fully loaded trailor up to 20’ in length
Member of the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band (2005-2006, 2008-2009)
Traveled to the Sugar Bowl in Atlanta Ga. in 2005
Traveled to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville Fla. in 2006 & 2009
Traveled to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte North Carolina in 2008
Travel Abroad in Europe with American Music Abroad Program (Summer 2004)
Encompassed five countries; Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and France
Performed classical concert music for local towns people in Dinklsbühl, Germany; Strasbourg, France; Venice, Italy; Lucerne, Switzerland
Broadened my perspectives and viewpoints on cultures outside those of America
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