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Reasearch Associate

West Chicago, Illinois, United States
June 25, 2019

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MOIRA SSERWANGA NAKITYO, 1(909) - 3728746, Moira Nakityo Sserwanga / LinkedIn EDUCATION

Keck Graduate Institute (Claremont Colleges) Claremont, California

• Master of Business and Science in Applied Life Sciences Aug 2017- May 2019 Uganda Management Institute Kampala, Uganda

• Post Graduate Diploma in Project Monitoring and Evaluation Sep 2016 – Aug 2017 Makerere University Kampala, Uganda

• BSc. Human Nutrition Aug 2012 – May 2015

Research Thesis: Development of a ready to use community food for the management of children under five years with moderate acute malnutrition.


BCN Biosciences Pasadena, California

Graduate Student Consultant 01/2019 – 05/2019

• Led a team of five people to work on a business project for the company

• Interviewed payers, physicians, patients and regulation experts in the cancer field to establish which of the company assets had the most potential for success

• Established the regulatory pathway and key operation activities for the company to bring its product to market

• Wrote up a business plan for the company to enable it to raise funding from venture capitalists Gilead Life Sciences La Verne, California

Regulatory Intelligence Graduate Consultant 09/2018 – 05/2019

• Was Project Manager and led a team of six graduate student consultants who successfully completed a 9 months consultation with Gilead Life Sciences

• Collected data from different departments to evaluate the current information systems used in the verification of the manufacturing process to identify inconsistences

• Helped my team to draft a proposal and budget requirements for systems upgrades on the current process verification systems during manufacturing of their drug product

• Conducted power point presentation and held discussions with management to help them understand the novel system additions

Sanofi Genzyme Framingham, Massachusetts

Research Assistant 05/2018 – 08/2018

• Established the stability and purity profiles of biopharmaceutical products for better characterization using HPLC, SE-Page, KD-DLS

• Studied the formulations of biopharmaceutical products to determine best storage conditions through measuring PH, Osmolality, Viscosity, Concentration

• Analyzed data using excel and wrote reports for all the lab research that was done during the time I was there

• Made power point and poster presentations of various projects being done by our department to colleagues from other departments and to the Keck Graduate Institute community Keck Graduate Institute Claremont, California

Graduate Researcher 01/2018 – 05/2019

• Collaborated with colleagues to develop novel techniques for multiplex diagnosis of Infectious Diseases using isothermal DNA amplification

• Developed and Implemented protocols LAMP, qPCR, gel electrophoresis and all other experiments during research

• Analyzed data to identify trends and wrote reports about the results

• Implemented contamination control in the laboratories, general organization and inventory management Shield Pharma Claremont, California

Student Consultant 08/2017 – 12/2017

• Collaborated with a team of three people to work on a project that involved repurposing FDA approved drugs for treatment of Aspergillus Fumigatus infections in immunocompromised humans

• Conducted market and competitive landscape analysis to establish the direct and indirect competitors in the Aspergillus Fumigatus space for the novel therapy

• Developed a key timeline and regulatory pathway for the development of the repurposed drug Dynapharm International (u) ltd Kampala, Uganda

DPC Supervisor 02/2016 – 07/ 2017

• Supervised regional Dynapharm product centres, managed inventory, and wrote monthly reports

• Monitored and evaluated the quality of products supplied to the company (nutraceuticals and herbal products), to ensure that set standards are maintained

• Organized and conducted marketing and expansion projects, information sessions in cooperate companies to capture new market Dynapharm products and increase company sales and profits

• Recruited and trained new employees to ascertain that they have sufficient product knowledge to perform well and to maintain company culture

Mulago Referral hospital Kampala, Uganda

Nutritionist Volunteer 06/2015 – 03/ 2016

• Trained health workers and village health teams in public health systems e.g. WASH and primary health care to reduce malnutrition and diarrheal diseases in various communities

• Helped to conduct community surveys and problem assessments to identify new relevant community projects

• Conducted nutrition and health assessment and management to screen for malnutrition among different categories of patients

• Participated in the ProbiSAM project as a project assistant, during clinical trials to assess efficacy of using probiotics to treat acute malnutrition

NutriCare Nutrition Enterprise Kampala, Uganda

Executive Director 05/2015 –082017

• Mobilized and managed a group of twenty people to engage in nutrition and health promotion projects

• Created work plans and project timelines for the team

• We were engaged in conducting mobile health / nutrition clinics to bring health care and improve general to the slum areas of Kampala

• Scouted for partners and sponsors for the mobile clinics ACADEMIC PROJECTS UNDER KECK GRADUATE INSTITUTE

Regulatory Affairs lead 08/2017- 11/2017

• Assisted with the achievement of the regulatory pathway the team would have to go through during development of Biosimilars

Regulatory lead 09/2017-12/2017

• Development of a novel biopharmaceutical product for diabetes mellitus Clinical background lead 08/2017 – 12/2017

• Design a novel UTI point of care tool for diagnosis of UTIs to decrease cost, time and margin of error Writing an Orphan Drug Application 09/2018 -11/2018

• UnAcylated Ghrelin for management of Prader -Willi Syndrome Advanced Pharmaceutical Discovery 01/2018 – 05/2018

• High Throughput screening of various drug libraries against bacteria to identify new antibiotic leads for particular bacteria (Drug repurposing)


• Aseptic technique, Pipetting, DNA extraction and sample preparation, qPCR, LAMP, designing assays, using fruit flies as a study model, SEC-HPLC, design of experiments, DNA extraction, SDS Page, measurement of protein and DNA concentration, Viscosity and Osmolarity measurements OTHER SKILLS

• Computer skills; Microsoft Office, leadership skills, good communication and public speaking skills, interpersonal relationship skills, Team leadership, Data collection and analysis

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