Teaching should be an interactive process, with questions and discussion derived from both teacher and student. Simplifying complex principles and relating those principles to topics that are familiar to the student, followed by utilization of new information in hands-on experiments, is known to be an effective approach. During our lessons, I will be answering student's questions (using prior knowledge and online resources/literature for conformation or inquiry) and initiating relevant discussion if and when needed.
I am a biologist with over 3 years of research experience in the agricultural biotechnology industry, as well as academic research and natural resource conservation fieldwork experience. I completed a bachelor's degree in Biology in 2015 from the University of Redlands (GPA 3.2/4) and will be entering graduate school in 2021. I'm passionate about the discovery of underlying principles of biology (from the molecular to the organismal level) and I'm aiming to teach and inspire students, while gaining experience as an educator.
I have over three years of research experience in the agricultural biotechnology industry and contributed to the development of proprietary methods for crop improvement by genome editing. I served as a primary investigator of oak-insect interaction for an undergraduate research thesis. I hope to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in plant response to biotic pressures and plant development as a graduate student.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology with Chemistry Minor, April 2015 University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
Cumulative GPA - 3.2/4 | Upper-division GPA - 3.4/4 | Dean’s List (Fall 2012)
Research Associate I, Intrexon Corporation, Division of Agricultural Biotechnology (formerly) / Green Venus, Davis, CA (June 2018 - present; Research Technician (February 2017 - June 2018)
Development of proprietary methods for de novo shoot organogenesis and regeneration of Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) and Lactuca sativa (lettuce); optimization of media formulations; aseptic culture of explants and protoplasts | Targeted mutagenic event generation in S. lycopersicum and L. sativa via transfection of protoplasts with RNP (endonuclease-gRNA complex) and plasmid vectors | Agrobacterium-mediated stable transformation of L. sativa | Somatic embryogenesis, shoot organogenesis, and micropropagation of Persea americana, Cannabis sativa, and other undisclosed crops | Extraction and purification of plasmid rDNA (maxi prep) | DNA amplification using PCR kits and gel electrophoresis
Undergraduate Student Researcher, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (August 2014 - April 2015)
Senior-year capstone project: An analysis of boring insect infestation and tannins in valley oak (Quercus lobata) and coast live oak (Q. agrifolia) embryos. The aim of this project was to identify and quantitate potential adaptive traits related to localized tannin content in embryos and premature abscission of acorns in response to insect predation. Experiments included extraction, quantification, and analysis of tannins in embryos using colorimetric assays, determination of boring insect infestation and mortality rates, and larval rearing tests.
Data collection and analysis using ArcGIS mapping to estimate the Santa Ana woolly star (Eriastrum densifolium sanctorum) population, density, and dispersal pattern in the Santa Ana River wash, Redlands, CA (Spring 2014).
OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Conservation and Land Management Intern, Chicago Botanic Garden, Alturas, CA (Bureau of Land Management Field Office), May 2015 - October 2015 (concealed information) : Collection of seed from wild plant populations for BLM's Seeds of Success program and for local restoration projects, rare plant surveys, vegetation monitoring, riparian plant inventories, wildlife monitoring/inventory (raptor surveys and habitat monitoring, perching/tree-clinging bird inventories), rangeland health assessments, monitoring of wilderness areas, and archeological surveys.
Intern, Collison Engineering, Vacaville, CA, May - August 2014; March - September 2016 (concealed information) : Design and construction of four wastewater treatment pilot systems for nitrogen removal via ammonium-oxidizing biofilms. Duties included design and construction of plumbing systems, filters, and platforms. The 2016 pilot plants are in use at the Delta-Diablo Sanitation District in Antioch, CA.
Project Coordinator, Community Service Learning (CSL), University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, May 2014 - April 2015 (concealed information) : Conducted independent research on vineyard design, grapevine trellis systems, and grape cultivation and developed a blueprint for the design and construction of a small grape vineyard at the University's sustainable farm as part of the CSAC (Community Service Activity) program. Volunteered as a consultant to the CSL director to assist in the final stages of trellis construction during Spring 2015.
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