Skills and Attributes
Certified to handle infectious diseases in Biosafety Level 2 (BSL 2), BSL 3, and Animal Biosafety Level 2 (ABSL 2) laboratories including Tier 1 Select Agents
Experience with the development and utilization of in vivo, in vitro, and ex vivo models
Data analysis with GraphPad PRISM, R, Excel and other statistical software
Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and experience with SAP systems
Trained in radiation safety, ISO certified cleanrooms, current GMPs and creating SOPs
Participated in both internal and external audits from various regulatory agencies
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH SEP 2017 - AUG 2019
Graduate Assistant (Research)
Designed and executed an independent research project on Burkholderia pseudomallei
In vitro and ex vivo models to investigate pathobiology of infectious disease
Maintained both adherent and suspension cell culture of primary and commercial cell lines
Utilized air-liquid interface cell culture of human nasal epithelial cells to model the microbiome in the nasal cavity
Applied molecular biology techniques for DNA/RNA and protein detection and quantification including qPCR/RT qPCR, colorimetric/absorbance protein assays and Western Blots
Regularly performed macrophage survival and infection assays, colony-forming unit enumerations and microscopy using Olympus imagining software
Assisted peers with group projects focused on vaccine development
In vivo model experience including a novel murine model for Zika Virus
Certified in small rodent techniques including injections (s.c, i.p., i.m.), breeding, CO2 asphyxiation, cervical dislocation, necropsy and organ harvesting.
MEDTRONIC DEC 2016 – AUG 2017
Clinical Post Market Vigilance Analyst I
Complaint handling for Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG)
Investigated and determined reportability of complaints to FDA and/or other international regulatory agencies
Assessed complaint records and identified appropriate internal department(s) to obtain pertinent information and coordinate efforts to compile relevant data
BIOCOMPATIBLES BTG/ECKERT AND ZIEGLER BEBIG MAY 2013 – FEB 2016
Quality Technician/Quality Control
Investigated complaints and employed root analyses according to complaint handling system SOPs
Responsible for daily and weekly quality tests for radiation leaks and/or spills
Maintained daily inventory of all radioactive sources in the facility per federal guidelines.
Assay Technician for Brachytherapy Seeds
Verified isotope and radioactivity level of seeds (implants) with a Radioisotope Dose Calibrator
Created program to calculate decay of radioisotopes and their corresponding part number to assist customer service with orders
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH SEP 2017- AUG 2019
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences: Experimental Pathology
Research: Burkholderia pseudomallei Induce Multinucleated Giant Cells and Exploit Host Defenses to Assist in Intracellular Survival.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN AUG 2009 – MAY 2012
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pre-Med concentration with a Minor in Chemistry Graduated Cum Laude with a 3.66 GPA.
Research: Detection of a 2 base pair deletion on the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli gene associated with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis.
GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEC 2007 - MAY 2009
Associates in Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Dean’s List; graduated with High Honors with a 3.86 GPA.
Member of Phi Theta Kappa.
Biosafety Level 2 Certification
Biosafety Level 3 Certification
Animal Biosafety Level 2 Certification
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society May 2012
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Apr 2008
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH DEC 2017
Peli-1 KO Murine Model Exhibits Protective Effects Against Zika Virus in Fetal Mice.
Principle Investigator: Tian Wang, PhD
PRESENTATION AT WORK IN PROGRESS SEMINAR. FEB 2019
Live Another Day: Select Agent Burkholderia pseudomallei Exploits Host Defenses for Survival.
PRESENTATION/ORAL DEFENSE OF MASTER’S THESIS AUG 2019
Burkholderia Pseudomallei Induce Multinucleated Giant Cells and Exploit Host Defenses to Assist in Intracellular Survival.