FDA/Arkansas Regional LaboratoryJefferson, ARFood Microbiologist07/2010 to Current
screening and conventional analysis on a variety of food and cosmetic samples
using microbiological media and instruments such as VIDAS, VITEK, and
SmartCycler to protect consumers and enhance public health by maximizing
compliance of FDA-regulated products.
appropriate methods and procedures by reviewing pertinent sample information,
official methods, agency regulations, and Federal laws.
Prepare scientific reports by recording in detail the receipt, handling, analysis of samples, and results.
Sole producer of Salmonella ssp., Listeria ssp. and E. coli O157:H7 matrix spikes.
Whole Genome Sequencing
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) with next generation sequencing techniques using instruments such as QIAcube, Qubit, MyCycler, and MiSeq.
FDA-wide GenomeTrakr project implementation locally that resulted in
regulatory use and approximately 1500 Salmonella ssp. and Listeria
monocytogenes sequenced genomes.
Point of contact for the WGS project, liaison
and technical adviser to local WGS team, and execute WGS project requests from
ARL, State Health Departments, CFSAN, and ORA WGS groups.
Train analysts for WGS project.
the FDA Scientific Achievement Award for Outstanding Intercenter Scientific
Collaboration in Next Generation Sequencing.
Kelly Scientific, Assigned to Colgate PalmoliveMorristown, TNMicrobiologist08/2008 to 05/2009
validated general and selective-growth media including daily quality control
readings on autoclaves, pH meter, conductivity meter, incubators, balances, and
enumerated, and identified microbial contaminants, including potential
pathogens, in raw and finished materials using Colgate-Palmolive QMICs and lab
air and water system testing for the detection of airborne contaminants, Escherichia coli and other coliforms.
Atmospheric Glow TechnologiesKnoxville, TNResearch Food Microbiologist01/2008 to 06/2008
experimental design and execution to develop and adapt technology for client's
purposes and eventual purchase.
data analysis, reported results, troubleshot, provided technical food-science knowledge,
and technical writing for government grants and contracts.
maintained, cultivated, isolated, enumerated, and identified organisms such as Salmonella ssp., Escherchia coli, Bacillus
atrophaeus, Staphylococcus aureus,
Listeria monocytogenes, Candida albicans, and Aspergillus niger.
University of TennesseeKnoxville, TNGraduate Teaching/Research Assistant08/2004 to 12/2006
to undergraduates as part of their core curriculum on microbiology laboratory
techniques, USDA, and BAM methods for detecting foodborne pathogens.
As part of
microbiology laboratory instruction related to canned food production and
safety, investigated microbial injury, decline, and death due to heat over time
of survivor thermo-resistant spores.
instruction to undergraduates as part of their core curriculum on food
preservation, processing, and packaging.
general microbiological laboratory duties, experimental design, reporting
results, attendance recording, and networking with graduate committee.
University of KentuckyLexington, KYIndustrial Hygiene Technician01/2004 to 08/2004
audio-dosimetry, respirator fit testing and training, air sampling and
interpreting results, interpretation of OSHA regulations, indoor air quality
testing, basic office ergonomics, evaluated exposure control plans, and instrument
maintenance and preparation.
undertakings included creating an information pamphlet with interpreted OSHA
regulations for laborers about hearing conservation and developing a checklist
for the evaluation of hearing conservation plans which is still used today.
Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmond, KYMicrobiology Research Assistant08/2002 to 01/2004
bacterial culture maintenance, cultivation, enumeration, and identification of Escherichia coli and biofilms.
media preparation, ELISAs, fluorescence microscopy and photography, and
evaluated a crucial laboratory instrument that resulted in purchase and
advancement of primary graduate student into graduation.
Education and Training
Master of Science:Food Science and Technology2010University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USAEmphasis in Food Microbiology
Bachelor of Arts:Chemistry2004Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, USAMinor in Biology
Bachelor of Science:Environmental Health Science2003Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, USAMinor in Biology
BiologyMoorpark College, Moorpark, CA, USATransferred to Eastern Kentucky University in 2000
Certificate of Completion:Private Laboratory Review Packages for Microbiologists2017FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
Certificate of Completion:Canned Seam Analysis2015FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
Certificate of Completion:Virology2013FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
Certificate of Completion:Whole Genome Sequencing and Instrumentation2013FDA
Certificate of Completion:Fundamentals of Real-Time PCR2012FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
Certificate of Completion:Evidence Development2011FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
Certificate of completion:Personal Safety2011FDA/Division of Human Resource Develpment
Certificate of Completion:Food and Drug Law2011FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
Certificate of Completion:Regulatory Science2010FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
Certificate of Completion:Fundamentals of Regulatory Microbiology2010FDA/Division of Human Resource Development
National Certification:Medical AssistantEducation Dynamics Institute, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Master of Science : Food Science and Technology 2010 Bachelor of Arts : Chemistry 2004 Bachelor of Science : Environmental Health Science 2003 Biology Certificate of Completion : Private Laboratory Review Packages for Microbiologists 2017 Certificate of Completion : Canned Seam Analysis 2015 Certificate of Completion : Virology 2013 Certificate of Completion : Whole Genome Sequencing and Instrumentation 2013 Certificate of Completion : Fundamentals of Real-Time PCR 2012 Certificate of Completion : Evidence Development 2011 Certificate of completion : Personal Safety 2011 Certificate of Completion : Food and Drug Law 2011 Certificate of Completion : Regulatory Science 2010 Certificate of Completion : Fundamentals of Regulatory Microbiology 2010 National Certification : Medical Assistant
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