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State University Engineering

Ames, Iowa, United States
February 16, 2018

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Mr. Benjamin C. Brown

515-***-**** *** S. *th St. #4 Ames, IA 50010

Career Summary

A recent biochemistry graduate specializing in LC-MS/MS and CRISPR gene editing in plants. Proven communication of complex topics across disciplines, language barriers, and to undergraduate students. Thesis was defended in late December 2017. Education

Master’s of Science: Biochemistry

May 2018

Iowa State University

3.93 GPA

Bachelor’s of Science: Agricultural Biochemistry

Minor: Economics

May 2016

Iowa State University

3.78 GPA

Scientific Work

Des Moines Area Community College Adjunct Professor: Spring 2018 Supervisor: Mary Beth Hanlin. Email:

§ Taught engaging lectures and labs for General Chemistry 1 & 2, as well as Introduction to General Chemistry.

• Prepared lecture material for General Chemistry 2.

• Enlightened 64 students in the ways of chemistry. Graduate Research Assistant: January 2016-December 2017 PI: Dr. Reuben J. Peters

Phone: 515-***-****. Email:

Thesis: “Investigation of Rice Diterpenoid Phytoalexin Biosynthesis” (2018).

• Utilized the Crispr/Cas9 gene editing system in a reverse genetic approach to selectively knock out and overexpress cytochrome P450s in rice.

• Designed methods and implemented experiments involving isolation of metabolites, data collection and analysis using GC-MS, HPLC, and LC-MS/MS (FT-ICR and ion trap).

• Led our lab’s work in a collaboration with genetics and plant physiology at China Agriculture University.

• Daily application of PCR: Colony PCR, RTPCR, overhang PCR, cloning, etc.

• Discussion leader for Gordon Research Conference in Plant Metabolic Engineering.

• Publication: Inferring Roles in Defense from Metabolic Allocation-Rice Diterpenoids. Plant Cell Journal. Resubmitted.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation: Summer 2015 Internship PI: Dr. Elison Blancaflor

Phone: 580-***-****. Email:

“Engineering a yeast two-hybrid library for studying the regulatory network of small GTPases in Arabidopsis thaliana.”

Mr. Benjamin C. Brown

515-***-**** 320 S. 4th St. #4 Ames, IA 50010

• Metabolic engineering of yeast cultures.

• Executed microscopy experiments upon Arabidopsis roots. Undergraduate Lab Work

Dr. Reuben J. Peters (May 2014-May 2016)

“Determination of function of new P450s found in rice.”

• Metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli with synthetic biology to biochemically characterize rice P450s.

• Worked on an independent Honors research project

• Compilation of my data and former students’ data for a final presentation of the project. Leadership, Management, and Budgeting Skills

Iowa State University Navigators Ministry (2012-2018)

• Student Leader (2014-2017)

• Ministry Team Leader (2015-2018)

§ Rallied the hearts of 14 student leaders who led their own groups.

§ Set the vision and example to live intentionally.

§ Organized events (typically 50+ attendees), delegated roles, trained new student leaders, and managed conflict among team members to find working solutions.

§ Pioneered three entirely new ministry areas.

• Namibia Mission Trip (6 weeks, Summer 2014)

§ Trained local Namibian Navigator leaders in discipleship and leadership.

§ Helped organize a conference for 60 adults.

§ Assisted as Treasurer for team leader with a budget of $43,300. After a midway $1,500 funding shortage, I rewrote the budget and finished with a

$5,800 surplus.

Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology club treasurer (2013-2015)

• Managed over $20,000 over the course of the two year period.

• Set budgets and held those with purchasing cards accountable to the budget.

• Accounts had a surplus of $5,300 during the course of my management. Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium Funding Director (2014-2016)

• Directed a team of 4 individuals to fundraise $23,600 over the course of two years.

• Managed money from 6 separate accounts, with a $3,300 surplus. Awards

Iowa State University Honors Program

Biochemistry Distinguished Senior

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