My teaching method is to empower the student so as to him/her to achieve long term learning through self-realizations. This is an effective approach at all levels of learning. That is, high school, college undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
I have been teaching at both the college undergraduate and graduate levels for many years now. any of my students have gone on to medical school and/or industry. Other have gone to graduate school in pursuit of advanced degrees.
Director, Center for Advanced Molecular Detection (CAMD) November 2017 - Present
U.S. Air Force Medical Service, 59MDW/STHC, JBSA - Lackland, TX
• Directly supervise and mentor, at the GS-13 level, a diverse team of nine military, civilian, and contractor scientists in support of the US Air Force and DOD medical research and operational needs and requirements. Manage an annual $1.78M budget in O&M funds and government contracts, as well as a $2.3M equipment inventory in analytical chemistry, genomics, proteomics, immunohistochemistry, microbiology and blood testing.
• Provide expert advice on investigator-initiated clinical research’s regulatory compliance with all Federal laws as well as USAF and DOD policies. Assist investigators with available R&D funding mechanisms as well as intramural and extramural grant writing, accurate/complete technical report submissions, peer reviewed publications and management in support of interdisciplinary, interagency research partnerships totaling over $2.04M.
• Serve as scientific and technical expert, consultant and advisor to Sr. leadership on the unique CAMD mission and laboratory research which includes force health protection, infectious disease surveillance, expeditionary medicine, integrative clinical and precision medicine programs, respectively.
• Oversee and direct work involving official collaborative documentation including Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs), Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Technology Transfers and Intellectual Property associated with all CAMD operations and activities.
• Consultant on precision (molecular biology-based) and regenerative medicine providing timely/thorough technical guidance to Sr. DOD Leadership and the USAF Surgeon General’s office for medical modernization.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences April 2016 - Present
College of Medicine, University of Central Florida, Orlando
• Serve as advisory committee member to graduate students enrolled in the MD/PhD and Master of Science degree programs.
• Medical research mentor in the Focused Inquiry & Research Experience (FIRE), the two-year program, which allows students to experience the research process and develop skills of intellectual inquiry that are transferable to the practice of medicine. Oversee the creation (Year 1) and completion (Year 2) of a rigorous, independent, and scholarly research project in any area of interest related to medicine including FDA-clinical trials and IRB protocols.
• Present lectures, lead small group sessions and demonstrate proficiencies in human subjects’ research, clinical trials and biomedical lab research studies to third or fourth year students in the core clerkships and electives.
• Mentor individual students by sharing real-life experiences, demonstrating professionalism, and providing moral support and encouragement.
• Collaborate, mentor and engage fellow faculty members in Joint biomedical and human research studies as well as in real-world public health surveillance and detection of biological toxins, viral, bacterial, vector and blood borne disease agents as well as hazardous materials.
Associate Investigator, T2D and Coronary Heart Disease Genetic Risk Testing March 2013 - September 2018
Collaboration with Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
• Direct and manage government collaborative research agreements and contracts for nursing personnel, logistics and supplies in two geographically separated sites.
• Review and submit updates to consent forms and study guidelines for institutional review board (IRB) approval.
• Oversaw the science and education of health coaching, to improve personal health and human performance through lifestyle modifications (diet, exercise, tobacco use, etc.), as measured by clinical and biological outcomes in an enrollment of over 100 active duty service members and Veterans.
Associate Investigator, USAF Personalized (genomics-based) Medicine Program January 2012 - December 2017
Collaboration with the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, NJ and Johns Hopkins University APL, MD
• Consultant providing timely/thorough technical recommendations/guidance to physicians and participants on the science of personal genomics through their education on principles of human biology and possible use of actionable genetic information (i.e. drug metabolites and response) to improve health and human performance.
• Review and submit updates to consent forms and study guidelines for institutional review board (IRB) approval.
• Directed the launch of the USAF Surgeon General’s $15.7M patient-centered precision-care program from a medical treatment facility to a nation-wide Joint program with an enrollment of over 2200 active duty members and civilian personnel.
Program Analyst, Gulf War Illness & Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Programs July 2010 - December 2017
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), Ft. Detrick, MD
• Set programs’ investment goals and strategies as well as oversaw funding mechanisms with expected deliverables from innovative translational research to combat, treat and cure military-relevant chronic diseases.
• Reviewed and analyzed funding of numerous clinical research efforts, totaling more than $149M, to identify effective treatments for the complex of symptoms known as Gulf War Illness to improve its diagnosis and better understand its etiology, pathobiology.
• Reviewed and analyzed funding of numerous pre-clinical research efforts, totaling more than $68M, to develop new treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Research Officer, Medical Research Service May 2015 - November 2017
Orlando VA Medical Center (OVAMC), FL
• As Deputy Chief of the Medical Research (R&D) Service, provided regulatory oversight and management of all aspects and phases of service delivery for research programs in support of Veterans’ health care needs and well-being. Fostered graduate medical education, research training and FDA clinical trials as mentor to 3,469 health care providers including 304 physicians and 722 nurses in 68 Institutional Review Board (IRB) research projects from 40 clinical programs.
• Directly supervised, at the GS-13 level, and provide scientific mentoring to a diverse team of two (GS) scientists, two administrative (GS) personnel, three post-doctoral fellows, two graduate students and four medical students in support of the VA patient care delivery and medical research program requirements. Consultant to all investigators in the technical design and conduct of medical and social science research efforts ensuring regulatory compliance with all Federal laws and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policies.
• Provided expert advice and assistance on investigator-initiated clinical research and quality improvement (QI) efforts, available R&D and QI funding mechanisms as well as intramural and extramural grant writing, accurate/complete technical report submissions and management in support of interdisciplinary, interagency research partnerships totaling over $55M.
• Directed the registration of the Orlando VA Medical Center as a research institution with the Dun & Bradstreet global commercial database establishing a new DUNS number for the main hospital and its seven community-based outpatient clinics. Led the growth (by 48%) and diversification of the Research Service’s portfolio. During this time, the number of collaborative partnerships and professional affiliations increased by 78% to include Academia, Industry and other Federal and State Government Agencies.
Chief, Clinical Systems Evaluations July 2014 - May 2015
U.S. Air Force Medical Service, AFMESA, Ft. Detrick, MD
• Test Director for the $26M Joint Program Executive Office’s Next Generation Diagnostics System, a deployable FDA-cleared biological agent identification platform capable of rapid (1hr) analysis of both clinical and environmental samples providing support for individual patient treatment decision making, force health protection, Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN) as well as hazardous materials (HAZMAT) situational awareness.
• Developed, planned and conducted accurate/complete expeditionary medical and operational test scenarios in accordance with Department of Defense (DOD) medical requirements, FDA clinical trials regulations and real-world outcomes to advise and provide technical recommendations/guidance to Sr. Leadership at HQ Air Force and partner Joint Medical Services on both, immediate and long-term acquisition strategies and goals.
• Directed Joint Integrated Product & Test Teams for clinical and biomedical systems, managing $3M in test assets and four level-1 testing personnel. Subject matter expert for infectious disease surveillance, expeditionary medicine, biotechnology systems and lead biomedical market research projects focused scientific needs.
• Consultant on genomics and personalized medicine providing timely/thorough technical recommendations/ guidance to the USAF Surgeon General’s office for research, development and acquisitions; Public Health consultant to partner US Army Center for Environmental Health.
Chief, Molecular Diagnostics and Home Station Medical Response Laboratory Team July 2010 - June 2014
U.S. Air Force Medical Service, 60MDG/CIF, Travis AFB, CA
• Supervised and directed, at the GS-13/14 level, a diverse team of 12 military, civilian, contractor scientists and administrative personnel focused on DOD biomedical requirements, scientific needs, strategic goals Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and FDA clinical trials regulations. Managed annual $869K budget in O&M funds, government contracts and $8M equipment inventory in analytical chemistry, genomics, proteomics, immunohistochemistry, microbiology and blood testing.
• Directed the Biological Detection Team in support of the Home Station Medical Response Group providing vital force health protection postures (epidemic outbreaks) to the 60th Air Mobility Wing and surrounding civilian communities.
• Developed and fielded advanced Joint public health surveillance and forensic epidemiology capabilities for food, water, respiratory, vector/blood borne diseases, hospital acquired infections and hazardous materials (HAZMAT), in support of warfighters and partner civilian public health laboratories.
• Consultant on genomic-based medicine and human performance providing timely/thorough technical guidance to Sr. DOD Leadership and the USAF Surgeon General’s office for medical modernization. Fostered graduate medical education and research training curriculum as a scientific mentor to 128 physicians in 10 clinical programs.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Director of Laboratories and Academic Advisor July 2007 - June 2010
Department of Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO
• Developed, directed and taught upper-level and introductory biology course curricula including Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cancer Biology, and Independent Research.
• Mentored and supervised 11 cadets, 2 contract scientists and a post-doctoral fellow from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in GLP, real-world, accurate/complete DOD applicable research on public health surveillance and detection of biological toxins, viral, bacterial, vector and blood borne disease agents as well as hazardous materials.
• Department of Biology’s webmaster and Certified Client Support (IT) Agent to 25 faculty members and 180 cadets, managing $156K of IT inventory and personnel accounts.
• Consultant to Sr. Leadership in the Joint medical community and partner civilian entities on strategies and goals for advanced clinical and environmental diagnostics of biological agents in support of force health protection and human performance, in accordance with DOD biomedical requirements, FDA regulations and real-world outcomes.
Chief, Advanced Biotechnology Transfer and Senior Scientist March 2003 - June 2007
U.S. Air Force Medical Service, AFIOH, Brooks City-Base, TX
• Supervised and directed, at the GS-12/13 level, a diverse team of 13 military, civilian, contractor scientists and administrative personnel in designing scientifically sound approaches to meet customer needs while ensuring sponsorship by various DOD funding sources. Managed a $5.1M budget in government contracts and O&M funds and a $3.9M advanced (lab & field use) analytical chemistry, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, microbiology and blood testing equipment inventory.
• Directed sole USAF molecular validation laboratory for infectious disease agent identification, surveillance and epidemiology. Capabilities included GLP, testing of clinical and environmental samples for toxic industrial waste/contaminants, biological toxins, viral, bacterial, vector and blood borne disease agents as well as hazardous materials (HAZMAT).
• Directed official USAF training and certification program on molecular-based testing and diagnostics for military stateside and deployable biodetection teams as well as partner Civil Support Teams.
• Provided reach back support to deployed personnel on results reporting, medical readiness tempo, human performance and community health in austere environments.
• Consultant providing timely/thorough technical recommendations/guidance to Sr. DOD Leadership for Joint investment strategies and transition of desired new emerging technologies for military applicability in accordance with FDA regulations and defense technology objectives.
N.I.H. Post-Doctoral Fellow January 2001 - January 2003
MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston
• Designed, developed and optimized DNA (gene therapy) constructs based on the biological characterization of 15 Lipoxygenase-2 (wild type and its splice variants) for use against human prostate cancer.
• Supervised and mentored two undergraduate students in the design and establishment of several transgenic mouse strains (in vivo genetics) used as models for studies in human prostate organogenesis and cancer.
• Directed the characterization of transfected cell lines using de novo inducible mammalian expression vectors through expert use of analytical chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, microsurgery, microscopy and numerous immunohistochemistry techniques.
Graduate Teaching Assistant August 1993 - December 2000
Biological Sciences Department, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
• Developed, directed and taught upper-level and introductory biology course curricula including Molecular Methods of Analysis, Cancer Biology, Human Physiology (lab), Histology (lab), Developmental Biology (lab), GLP and Independent Research.
• Mentored and supervised 17 graduate and undergraduate students in directed cell and cancer biology research using advanced methods in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry techniques.
Research Associate (Ecology) May 1987 - August 1992
Department of Biology; University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
• Designed, prepared and submitted environmental impact studies on ecological transitions and indicator plant or animal species successions after natural and/or man-made events including but not limited to hurricanes, industrial accidents and/or introduction of genetically modified organisms.
• Developed and taught upper-level Ecology laboratory (GLP) curriculum and practical exercises on field sampling, collection, taxonomy and statistical data analyses with corresponding real-world applications.
• Climate Science and Environmental Impact assessment reports included studies in terrestrial flora and wildlife of tropical rain and dry forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and marine ecosystems.
N.I.H. Post-Doctoral Fellow; Molecular Carcinogenesis & in vivo Genomics 2001 - 2003
The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Ph.D.; Cell & Cancer Biology; Minor in Biochemistry; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 1993 - 2000
B.S.; Biology (Ecology); Minor in Economics; University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras 1986 - 1991
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CERTIFICATIONS & CONTINUING EDUCATION:
• Good Clinical Practice (CITI Program) Certification for clinical trials involving drugs and devices (US FDA focus); USAF-Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, JBSA-Lackland, TX. August 2018
• American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification; 59th Medical Wing, JBSA-Lackland, TX. July 2018-2020
• Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) Certification for biomedical research with human subjects; USAF-Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, JBSA-Lackland, TX. February 2018-2021
• VA Civilian Personnel Supervisor Training and Certification; Orlando VA Medical Center, FL. February 2016
• Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Certifications in Program Management, Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Medical Systems Acquisitions and Test & Evaluation; Defense Acquisition University, Ft. Belvoir, VA. September 2014
• DOD Secret Security Clearance Adjudicated: December 2013 to December 2023
• Human Subjects Protection & Regulation in Combat Casualty Care Research; US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. December 2013
• Good Clinical Laboratory Practice and skills, techniques and safety (monthly); Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle – July 2010 - September 2013
• Select (biological warfare) Agents and Biological Safety Level-3; US Air Force Institute for Operational Health, Brooks City-Base, TX – March 2003 - June 2007
• Process Validation for Medical Devices, FDA Clearance & Review Procedures; US Air Force Surgeon General Medical Modernization Office, Washington DC – April 2006
• Joint Biological Agent Identification & Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) operational certification; US Army Medical Department Center & School (AMEDD), Ft. Sam Houston, TX – July 2005
• Immunodiagnostics Defense Technology Objective (DTO) on lateral-flow immunoassays (LFI) & electrochemiluminescence (ECL) Platforms; US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Ft. Detrick, MD – June 2004
• DOD Civilian Personnel Supervisor and Contracting Officer Representative (COR) training/certifications, Air Force Institute for Operational Health (AFIOH), Brooks City-Base, TX – July 2003
• Scientific Computing and Modeling of Complex Systems; College of Engineering and College of Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – August 1993 - December 2000
• Critical Issues in Tumor Microcirculation, Angiogenesis and Metastasis: Biological Significance and Clinical Relevance; Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge – June 1996
• Post-Baccalaureate Program (core biology major courses) towards Ph.D. applicant; Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – August 1992 – August 1993
• Research Training Program, Specimen Collections & Taxonomy; Botany Department, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC – May - August 1991
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS & TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2016 - PRESENT: Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida
∙ Human Subjects Research ∙ Clinical Research
• Biomedical Lab Research • Clinical (FDA) Drug Trials
2007 - 2010: Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, US Air Force Academy, Colorado
∙ R&D (Biomedical/Military) ∙ Molecular Biology Methods
∙ Cancer Biology ∙ Introductory (Human) Biology
SPRING 2008: Instructor & Flight/CC, Iraqi Military Academy - Rustamiyah (IMAR, NTM-I Fwd), Baghdad, Iraq
∙ Train-the-Trainer (Instructors) ∙ Airpower (History and Application)
∙ Leadership & Officership ∙ English as a Second Language
2001 - 2003: NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas
∙ R&D (Biomedical)
1993 - 2000: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Biological Sciences Dept., Wayne State University, Michigan
∙ R&D (Biomedical) ∙ Histology (Lab)
∙ Cancer Biology ∙ Principles of Physiology (Lab)
∙ Developmental Biology (Lab) ∙ Methods of (Molecular) Analyses
1987- 1992: Research Associate & Teaching Assistant, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
∙ Ecology (Laboratory Component)
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