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Research Lead, Medical Writer

La Grange, Kentucky, United States
August 20, 2018

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Mary Costantino, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2005

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

B.S. Biochemistry, 1997

University of California San Diego, San Diego CA


15 years of experience in medical writing/editing, including 6 years working independently in a corporate setting and 9 years in an academic setting

Scientific consultant and liaison for physicians and other clinical staff within Humana, Inc., a large national health insurance company

Commended for ability to interpret data and communicate complex ideas to audiences with diverse ranges of subject matter comprehension

Noted for ability to successfully pick-up research projects mid-stream, educate myself on the topic, and get the work published

Successfully built and currently run a medical communications review department for a health economic research group, Comprehensive Health Insights, Inc.

Conduct seminars to educate coworkers and others outside of our department on writing skills and genetics, as well as mentor new associates

7 years of research studying oncology, specifically the molecular mechanism of cancer


Humana, Inc., Louisville, KY

2008 – present

Research Lead November 2015 – present

I have cultivated my natural talent in communication in this role as it requires diplomatic interactions with external and internal clients due to the sensitive nature of relating criticism on individual and group scientific writing

I am responsible for editing all scientific material that is planned to be shared outside or inside of the company from manuscripts for submission to scientific journals to internal corporate communications

In the first quarter of 2018, I achieved 70% of our research department's corporate set publication goal

Recognized by leadership and associates as critical to our team’s demonstrated publication success

Principal Medical Writer June 2013 – September 2015

Expanded the medical writing service I developed for Comprehensive Health Insights, Inc. at Humana in 2011 to include training associates in writing, presentation, and poster development

Increased department manuscript production and submission to scientific journals by 50%

While supporting our team’s writing efforts, I continued my previous work as Humana as a consultant for Humana’s Health Guidance Organization with regard to policies for genetic testing

Senior Medical Writer May 2011 – May 2013

Successfully established a scientific writing and editing review process for all material generated by Humana’s outcomes research group, Comprehensive Health Insights, Inc.

Worked closely with physicians in Humana’s Health Guidance Organization as a scientific consultant for internal research projects and health policies based on genetic testing

Provided orientation to all new associates through face-to-face training sessions

Clinical Research Consultant March 2010 – April 2011

Managed outcome research projects for external and internal clients through guiding development and design of research projects and protocols, as well as resulting presentations and manuscripts

Responsible for writing protocols, final reports, and submission to multiple regulatory agencies

Worked closely with many areas within Humana including the Clinical Guidance Organization, Privacy Boards, Personal Nurse, and Customer Service to move research projects forward.

Maintained client relationships and pursued potential new clients, as well as provided education at layman’s level of scientific research to Humana senior leadership, associates and clients

Created and presented posters and presentations at scientific meetings

Medical Science Liaison / Project Manager July 2008 – February 2010

Transitioned from the biotech industry to the corporate community through an invitation to help grow a new department created to focus on moving personalized medicine into the main stream of healthcare at Humana, Inc.

Responsible for reaching out to numerous biotech and pharmaceutical companies and facilitating communication between scientists and business associates leading to multiple revenue generating projects.

Co-managed the BioImage study; a landmark medical research study to develop new blood and imaging tests to identify people at high risk for a first heart attack.

SureGene, LLC., Louisville, KY

December 2005 – June 2008

Research scientist

Directed the organization of the start-up biotech company SureGene, L.L.C; a company focused on identifying genes involved in schizophrenia and development of a genetic test targeted to the disease.

Established relationships with collaborators in the scientific community, as well as conducted negotiations with multiple vendors

Instituted Human Resource policies and put into effect required regulatory protocols

Continued oncology work started in 1999 studying enhancer/promoter communication in drosophila flies, as well as immortal drosophila and HeLa cell lines

University of Louisville Health and Science Center, Louisville, KY

Post-doctoral Fellow, January 2005 – November 2005

Post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Darling, Department of Periodontics, Endodontics and Dental Hygiene

Focused on determining the influence of the E2F cell cycle regulator on the thyroid derived zinc-finger homeodomain protein ZFHX1A, and, subsequently, the binding region of E2F within the ZFHX1A promoter

Responsible for designing experiments and conducting detailed research resulting in a publication in the Journal of Biochemistry

Continued oncology work started in 1999 studying enhancer/promoter communication in drosophila flies, as well as immortal drosophila and HeLa cell lines

Highly valued and sought after within the University for my editing and writing skills

Publications and references provided upon request

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