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RESEARCH SCIENTIST

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

Seasoned, intuitive, and dynamic scientist specializing in infectious disease, with strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities, keen attention to details, and professional work habits. Exemplify proven success in various disciplines, including virology, immunology, molecular biology, and different infectious disease models (HSV, influenza, rotavirus).

  • Results-driven, solid team player, and trustworthy professional strong ability in working with diverse individuals and in multitasking within fiercely competitive and fast-paced environments
  • Accustomed to trouble-shooting with a team of colleagues to brainstorm on topics crucial in improving overall productivity
  • Prolific writer offering strong qualifications in editing and writing complex data; exemplify dominant efforts in the development of novel and innovative animal model
  • Expert in optimizing in vitro assays, pre-clinical vaccines, and agents, combined with a knack for translating scientific technical data into comprehensible version
  • Cross-trained in several different models, demonstrating broad-based knowledge in various techniques
  • Well-versed communicator with fluency in English and French Creole; meticulous and goal-oriented with exceptional follow-through skills and a high level of integrity
  • Proficient in Windows XP, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Photoshop, PubMed (BLAST, GeneBank, Protein), BioEdit, SigmaPlot, GraphPad Prism, FlowJo Flow Cytometry Analysis Software, Aperio/ImageScope Histopathology Analysis Software, Reference Manager, and EndNote

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Pre-Clinical Vaccine Testing

  • Purification of recombinant rotavirus virus-like particle (VLPs) vaccines
  • Encapsulation of enteric VLPs with polymers
  • Administration of sub-virion and recombinant influenza vaccines
  • Oral, intranasal, intraperitoneal, and intramuscular inoculation of vaccines into mice or ferrets

Virology

  • Egg and tissue infectious dose 50
  • Virus neutralization, plaque assays
  • Hemagglutination/ Neuraminidase Inhibition
  • Propagation of reverse genetic viruses
  • Baculovirus infection of insect cell line
  • Virus infection of mice and ferrets
  • Trained in Bio-safety level 2 and 3 practices

Molecular Virology

  • SDS-PAGE, Western blotting
  • RT-PCR
  • RNA, plasmid DNA, and protein purification
  • Tissue culture
  • Light and fluorescent microscopy

Immunology

  • ELISA
  • FACS
  • Immunofluorescence, Immunohistochemistry
  • LSR II, MACSQuant® cell analyzer
  • Luminex multiplex cytokine detection

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL | Memphis, TN
Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Sep 2008-Present
Proactively involve troubleshooting and scientific discussion with a team of colleagues to solve complex problems in a timely manner. Execute proofreading, editing, and writing of technical documents, such as manuscripts, posters, and PowerPoint presentations, ensuring adherence to established SOP guidelines. Conduct daily in vitro assays and in vivo animal experiments (inoculations into cell culture and mice/ferrets with viruses and vaccines). Regularly design experiments to address hypothesis. Serve as departmental representative in conveying postdoctoral associates needs to ensure delivery of high levels of performance.
Career Highlights:

  • Discovered a novel finding that seasonal influenza vaccines contribute to immune response to pandemic H1N12009 influenza virus neuraminidase protein in elderly humans
  • Initiated an animal model for immune responses during pregnancy for pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza
  • Teamed up with a team of scientists on emergency characterization of the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century
  • Comprehensively assessed and modified complex medical and scientific seminars into an understandable format that were presented to the general public through the “Cure for kids” website
  • Authored post-publication reviews on research articles to increase the scientific community’s participation (http://f1000biology.com/)
  • Conceptualized and developed novel ELISA assays

BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE | Houston, TX
Doctoral Student,Department of Molecular Virology | Aug 2001–Aug 2008
Engaged in daily reading and coursework. Perform daily animal husbandry and breeding techniques. Inoculated rotavirus VLPs or wild-type viruses in mice. Participation in weekly review of published research articles in journal club. Engaged in scientific discussion in laboratory meetings and research seminars. Wrote abstracts and novel protocols and conducted oral presentations.
Career Highlights:

  • Led the successful encapsulation of virus-like particle vaccines with enteric polymer, improving the thermo-stability and structure of vaccines that may requiring shipment in different temperatures to various countries
  • Increased the efficiency of the immunogenicity of orally administered encapsulated rotavirus vaccines
  • Designed and implemented a mouse model of antibody therapy for rotavirus in the blood, which could be used as a tool for the scientific community to address several additional questions
  • Clarified and defined the role for IgG and IgA antibody transport in immunity to rotavirus, providing advanced understanding of the mechanisms on how rotavirus is controlled

EARLIER CAREER

MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE | New York, NY
Research Coordinator, Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER RESEARCH CENTER | New York, NY
Research Intern, Department of Health

EDUCATION

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MOLECULAR VIROLOGY: 2008
Baylor College of Medicine ▪ Houston, TX
Thesis: Understanding the Mechanisms of Rotavirus Pathogenesis and Immunity (Mentor: ME Conner)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY: 2000
Pace University ▪ New York, NY

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Representative, Department of Infectious Diseases Postdoctoral Association Council ▪ Jul 2010–Present
Member, National Postdoctoral Association ▪ Jul 2009–Present
Member, The American Association of Immunologists ▪ Dec 2006–Present

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