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Assistant Medical

United States
August 25, 2012

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To situate myself in an environment that allows me to employ my research experience and also continue to hone my skills in research techniques in Biology and Biochemistry.


California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

B.S. in Biochemistry

SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY)

College of Graduate Studies, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

M.S. in Anatomy

Technical Expertise

• Proficient in qRT-PCR, cell culture, microCT analysis, biomechanical compression testing of murine bones, in-situ hybridization, immunohistochemsitry

• Efficiently conduct indepent laboratory research and accurately record data

• Adept at working with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point, Publisher and JMP Statistics

Research Experience

SUNY Upstate Medical University,Graduate Research Assistant July 2008 May 2012

Cell and Developmental Biology

Studied the effects of radiation and administration of bisphosphonates, specifically Zoledronic Acid (ZA) on bone in a mouse model at early and late endpoints by utilizing RT-PCR, µCT analysis, biomechanical testing, and cell culture. The results showed that irradiation has a differential effect on cortical bone and trabecular bone, increasing cortical bone density and decreasing trabecular number. Data also showed that irradiation alone resulted in an increase in trabecular spacing as well as an increase in strength. These results suggested that the increase in cortical thickness of a bone may compensate for the decrease in trabecular bone and may counteract the negative effect irradiation has on the structural integrity of the trabecular bone. ZA treatment when applied concurrently with irradiation appears to cause a further increase in bone mineral content. However, despite the morphologically beneficial effects of zoledronic acid, this study was not able to demonstrate improved bone strength in irradiated bone after zoledronic acid treatment

California State University Fullerton, Undergraduate Research Assistant January 2004 – May 2007

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Oxidative Stress and Aging Research on nematode model system Caenorhabditiselegans

Tested the anti-oxidative properties of Manganese supplementation in C. elegans and the effects on trace metals as well as the entry mechanism of trace metals into the nematode system, using ICP-MS. Results from this study showed that MnSO4 is the more preferred form of manganese supplementation. A time course study showed an increasing uptake of manganese for as long as the nematodes were subjected to manganese supplementation. Trace metal interactions showed at copper and zinc were unaffected by manganese supplementation

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