|Desired Industry: Biotech
|Desired Job Location: Chicago, Illinois
||Date Posted: 2/1/2012
|Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent
||Availability Date: ASAP
|Desired Wage: 42,000
||U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
|Job Level: Experienced with over 2 years experience
||Willing to Travel: Yes, 25-50%
|Highest Degree Attained: Masters
||Willing to Relocate: No Preference
To start a career in research and development that would allow me to continue to expound upon my lifelong interest in science, biotechnology, and community service.
6/07-08/11 STAT Analysis Corporation Chicago, IL
Inorganic Chemical Analyst
• Determined the biochemical composition and toxicity characteristics of soil and water samples to assess best method of disposal.
• Performed a series of testing to determine the level of contamination that could result from ‘leaching’ of VOCs from soil samples.
• After being promoted to Inorganic Chemical Analyst in 2009, I digested and analyzed soil, air, & water samples for the presence of potentially hazardous analytes by way of ICP-MS & FLAA (Flame ionization detection).
Performed analytical testing of both inorganic and organic matter ranging from clothing, dietary supplements, toys, jewelry, fabrics, textiles, plastics, makeup, spices & herbs on behalf of the Illinois and New York Departments of Health respectively.
Analyzed petroleum byproducts and leachates for Citgo.
Training/experience using Agilent ICPMS, Flame automated atomic absorption spectrophotometer (Perkin Elmer) for ion detection, CETAC automated Cold Vapor Mercury Analyzer, MOD Block Digestion, MACS microwave (for plastics and vinyl that don’t readily digest in Nitric Acid).
Waste Characterization, treatability, & remediation (TACO) studies.
percent moisture, reactivity, total dissolved & suspended solids, and petroleum hydrocarbon fingerprint analysis.
SPLP/TCLP (SW 846) preparation, filtration, digestion, & analysis in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
NELAP: Hazardous & solid wastes.
AIHA: Metal (i.e. RCRA, PP, TAL) & Pb analysis of dust wipes, soil, and lead-based paints.
NVLAP: PCM Asbestos analysis.
ORELAP: Air filter toxicity.
2006-2007 Chicago State University/East-West University Chicago, IL
Teacher Aide/Lab Technician
• Tutored students in organic chemistry and assisted with grading and lab preparation at the request of one of my committee members.
• To supplement the cost of my graduate school education, I also prepared materials needed for advanced biology labs such as agar plates for bacterial/viral cultures and autoclaved sterile utensils using asceptic techniques on behalf of EWU faculty.
2005- 2006 The University of Chicago Chicago, IL
Animal Health Care/Research Technician - Charles River Laboratories
• Ensured that all mice & animals housed within pathogen-free barrier facilities were properly tended to by performing routine health checks.
• Recorded population statistics (number of births & deaths, potentially sick, and mating) in addition to maintaining upkeep.
• Gained extensive experience in macromodel mice handling and mating techniques such as: Intraorbital & SC Blood collection techniques (ASCT), euthanization, infectious disease experience (Hazmat), clinical diagnosis, and therapy administration.
Chicago State University Chicago, IL
M.S. in Molecular Biology, 2006
My graduate studies were Immunology-based and required usage of in-house bred homogenic mice for stem cell culture to study adaptive signaling impairment during parasitic infection. Ultimately, research and classes provided experience in:
• Murine breeding, cell isolation (lymph node, splenic, & bone marrow), cell & bacterial plating and culture, naïve T cell selection (magnetic MACs Abs), serial titration, ELISA, FACs (Fluorescence-activated cell sorting), parasite culture technique, and Fluorescence Microscopy.
• Genotyping, Northern & Southern blotting, PCR, RT-PCR & Plasmid Construction (Linux Ensemble & VMD), Mass Spectrophotometry, electron microscopy, SDS-PAGE, and serial titration.
• Courses taken include: Biostatistics, Cell Biology, Recombinant DNA (lab), Molecular Biology, Virology, Methodologies of Research.
The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
B. S. in Biological Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (Pre-medicine; College of LS & A), 2003
As an undergraduate I took a host of courses with the intent of expounding upon my growing
interest in neuroscience and cognitive function. My stay at the university proved quite instrumental in my growth as an erudite researcher/intellectual and, most importantly, as a positive force for change in today’s tumult-filled society.
• In addition to all classes assigned for pre-med majors, I also participated in pharmacological studies conducted by the medical school’s Biopsychology department. Under the direct supervision of Dr. Jim Woods and PhD candidate William Fantegrossi, I assisted in murine-based clinical trials designed to analyze variations in aggregate toxicity during exposure to methamphetamines. In addition to vital exposure working with murine subjects, my undergraduate research experience also provided invaluable insight as to how to construct toxicity curves and biostatistical analysis intended for publication.
-Related Coursework: Bioethics, Neuropsychopharmacology, Neurobiology, Statistics 402, Biological Psychology, Physics, Chemistry.
• Former Vice President and President of Minority Marrow Donor Coalition, a non-profit student organization associated with the National Marrow Donor registry and the Red Cross. By coordinating our efforts with other organizations that catered to the multicultural student population (i.e. MSA,SOPH, ASA), we conducted over thirteen drives to assist increase awareness against many life-threatening blood diseases such as leukemia, aplastic anemia, and a variety of lymphomas. To assist with funding, I also drafted a grant for funding from the J.P. McCarthy Foundation and as a result, MMDC was one of the few college-based, non-profit organizations to receive such funding.
• Member of Pre-Medical Association and Student Union.
• Work study positions:
A. CPU Administrative Assistant
Along with 1 other student and the CPU administrator, I assisted in the installation of all working computer systems and corresponding WI-FI networks (Apple) utilized by the Theatre department’s faculty and staff. We also were responsible for updating any existing computers with the most current Macintosh operating systems.
Engineered a 65-piece automated messaging system using Phone Pro 3.5 software.
B. Librarian (Media Union Library)
• While living in student housing, I was fortunate enough to work in the school of architecture’s slide room; my duties involved updating a working catalogue of photographs, slides, and blueprints that the students and faculty could rent and use for reference on various projects.
Brother Rice High School Oak Lawn, IL
• Awarded LINK Scholarship through participation in summer school program at Loyola (Winnetka).
• Participated in The University of Wisconsin in Madison’s Summer Science Institute program during freshman and sophomore years.
• National Honors Society, Peer Ministry (Kairos retreat leader), Track (Sr.), Football (Jr.),”Who’s who in American High School Student” awardee.
• Participated in the Chicago Tribune’s “Hire the Future” internship program for 3 summers.
• Interned at Cook County hospital as a Spanish translator.
-Extensive experience performing cell isolation/culture or working with animals for pharmaceutical and immunological research purposes.
-Adept at performing biochemical analysis of both inorganic and organic materials as conducted for environmental/industrial research.
-Through understanding of cGMP/cGLP in reference to handling reagents, solvents, infectious diseases, and hazardous materials.
-Advanced analytical skills coupled with an insatiable appetite for learning.
-Capable of multitasking effectively enough to work on complex matters independently yet enjoy working in team settings.
-Strong communicative skills previously used for study design, presentation, and documentation.
-Extremely astute in subjects of molecular and general biology, neurobiology, immunology, psychology, parasitology, virology, spectrophotometry, biochemistry, and fluorescent microscopy.
-Previous experience working in corporate administrative environments.
-Stellar mathematical computative abilities.
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Fantegrossi WE, Godlewski T, Karabenick RL, Stephens JM, Ullrich T, Rice KC, Woods JH. Pharmacological characterization of the effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("ecstasy") and its enantiomers on lethality, core temperature, and locomotor activity in singly housed and crowded mice. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2003 Mar; 166 (3): 202-11. Epub 2003 Feb 1.
Stephens JM, Swier K. Characterization of the influence of Leishmania major on interaction between GM-CSF-derived bone marrow dendritic cells (BMDCs) and CD4+ T cells during the initiation of an adaptive immune response. 2006.
Stephens JM, Swier K, and Barttley J. The effect of Leishmania major on the interaction between macrophages and naïve T cells. Poster, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Atlanta, GA, Nov 2-5, 2005.
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