Interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented Research Assistant possessing a unique combination of skills, including research and evaluation, study design, data collection and analysis. Experienced in project management and program coordination. Detail-oriented professional with passion to grow and improve infrastructures.
Recipient of Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Medical Award 2012-2014
Double Major in Genetics and Cellular Biology
Top 10% of Undergraduate Writers Award
Initiated collaboration between Stanford University, YMCA of San Francisco and KIPP SF Bay Academy to create an educational technology in nutrition, health and exercise called "Staying Fit"
Developed content and user interface to deliver high quality health and science content.
Created survey platforms and Web-based management systems in WordPress to evaluate program success
Evaluated content and educational goals throughout program implementation.
Serves as the single point of contact for project scheduling and changes.
Updates and manages project databases.
Monitors programs success as the program leader at the middle school.
Responsible for daily program management of after school program for 150 students at KIPP SF Bay Academy, a middle school serving primarily low-income minority students.
• Created an academic and enrichment-based educational program that is ASES grant compliant and serves the needs of KSFBA administration, faculty, and parents.
• Maintain grant required administrative duties including program evaluation, reporting
• Managed 7 staff members and 4 volunteers.
• Coordinated a $150,000 budget: increased enrollment by 35%from 2013-2014 school year
• Implemented quality, curriculum based enrichments that actively exposed youth to various learning opportunities including STEM for the first time in program's history
• Evaluated program success through survey platforms delivered to participants and parents, as well as analysis of student outcomes (grades, test scores, national scores) during program implementation.
• Doubled budget for 2015-2016 through applying for grants.
Investigated the roles of protein homeostasis in the aging process using a comparative biology approach, comparing shorter-lived species to longer-lived species to determine mechanisms that may protect certain species from age-related diseases.
• Completed statistical analysis using R, Stata, SAS, and SPSS
• Conducted presentations and reports weekly for research team.
• Worked on writing proposals for NIH and NSF Grant submissions.
Tested the roles of Histone H2A in DNA checkpoints in S. cerevisiae by studying protein phosphorylation and activation of Rad53 (p53), a protein heavily implicated in tumor suppression through conserving stability by preventing genome mutation.
Signed and directed experiments using multiple wet lab molecular techniques.
Guaranteed all data met stringent quality control standards.
Presented monthly status reports to supervisors and peer groups.
Mochnick, J. A Framework for Inclusion and Diversity in Environmental Citizen Science. 2015. JMBE. [In Press].
Pride, H., Yu, Z., Sunchu, B., *Mochnick, J., Coles, A., Zhang, Y., Buffenstein, R., Hornsby, PJ., Austad, SN., Perez, VI. Long-lived species have improved proteostasis compared to phylogenetically-related shorter species. 2014. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 20;457(4): 669-75.
"Authophagy as a possible mechanism of enhanced proteostasis in long-lived species"
Aging-Pushing the Limits of Cellular Quality Control Conference
Steamboat Springs, CO, January 12-17th 2014
"Enhanced protein homeostasis mechanisms in naked mole rat cells"
Diet and Optimum Health Conference
Corvallis, OR, May 15-18th 2013
After School Teacher 2014-2015
KIPP SF Bay Academy, San Francisco CA
• Middle School (5th-8th): Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) + Health and Nutrition Enrichment Courses
Graduate Teaching Assistant 2012-2013
Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
• Graduate level: Biochemistry and Biophysics BB493 (1 quarter)
• Undergraduate level: Biochemistry Laboratory BB496 (2 quarters)
• Undergraduate level: Cellular Biology BI314 (2 quarters)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 2011- 2012
Washington State University, Pullman WA
School of Molecular Biosciences
• Undergraduate level: Microbiology 101: Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory (2 semesters)
K-12 and High School Science and Mathematics Tutor 2007- present
Santa Ynez, CA
• Organized a self-employed tutoring service to K-12 students in Santa Ynez Valley; provided help with homework, studying and general science education. Offered paid tutoring options and free after school services to low-income children.
AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science
Introduction to Computer Science
Methods of Data Analysis
Oregon State University- PhD Level Statistics Course 2014
Washington State University- 2009
San Francisco, CA
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA
Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP)
San Francisco, CA
Facilitate career days by chaperoning groups of high school students to various STEM career sites.
Discovering the Scientist Within
Graduate Student Volunteer and Manager
Lectured and communicated effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.
Developed program for outreach amongst under-represented college students in the STEM fields.
Expand Your Horizons, Sally Ride Science Festival
University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Worked as a “role model” for activities in which young girls interested in science (middle and high school).
attended. Gave tours of science department, engaged in activities and discussions with girls, provided general
Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, R Statistical Programming Language, Python, Data Structures, Statistics- Statistical Analysis/ Parameter Evaluation and Forecasting, Probability, Computing with Data- Mathematics- Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus
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