graduate student researcher resume example with 6+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Focused Graduate Student Researcher currently pursuing a degree in [Area of study] to advance research into [Area of expertise]. Self-motivated professional with excellent communication, planning and problem solving abilities.

Relevant Skills & Qualifications
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Molecular cloning
  • CRISPR-Cas9
  • Mammalian cell culture
  • RNA-seq
  • Lentiviral gene delivery systems
  • RT-qPCR
  • Biological & statistical analysis tools (SnapGene, BLAST, GraphPad Prism, etc.)
  • Protein expression and purification
  • Western blot
  • Immunostaining
  • SHAPE analysis
  • In vitro transcription
  • In vitro translation
  • Forward and reverse transfection
  • Flow cytometry & related analysis
  • Microsoft Office suite
  • R, Java, and C# programming languages
Expected in to to
Ph.D.: Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA

In progress; started September 2018

Expected in 05/2018 to to
Bachelor of Arts: Molecular And Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology emphasis

Science and Mathematics Education Minor

Spanish Language & Literatures Minor

Work History
07/2019 to Current
Graduate Student Researcher Penn State University University Park, PA,

Professors Tomas Ganz & Elizabeta Nemeth ( & Investigate the molecular mechanism and pathological implications of the hepcidin-suppressing hormone erythroferrone (ERFE).

  • Use biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology techniques to characterize the structural determinants of ERFE bioactivity.
  • Analyze the BMP-binding abilities and preferences of human and murine ERFE and their physiological effects on iron homeostasis.

Study the sensitivities of various forms of ovarian cancer to ferroptosis—an iron-dependent, non-apoptotic form of programmed cell death.

  • Use targeted cell culture-based systems to identify, measure, and characterize sensitivity to small molecule-induced ferroptosis in subsets of human ovarian cancers.
  • Explore the molecular differences including signaling networks, cellular composition, and metabolic alterations that define responder and non-responder groups.
  • Engineer modifications to molecule delivery systems with the goal of increasing therapeutic efficacy and translational potential.
09/2018 to 06/2019
First Year Graduate Rotations UCLA City, STATE,
  • Fall Rotation: Dr. David Nathanson ( -Investigation into differential DNA damage profiles in glioblastoma cells as an indication of their ability to evade canonical apoptosis checkpoints.
  • Winter Rotation: Drs. Tomas Ganz & Elizabeta Nemeth ( & - Investigation into the cause of cholesterol biosynthesis upregulation in endothelial cells treated with iron.
  • Spring Rotation: Dr. Heather Christofk ( - Characterization of KHK-mediated tumor survival in hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer.
01/2015 to 05/2018
Undergraduate Researcher UC Berkeley City, STATE,

Professor Jamie Cate ( Investigated eIF4E3’s non-canonical role as a tumor suppressor during dysregulation of protein translation initiation.

  • Used CRISPR-Cas9 in vitro and in vivo to edit the EIF4E3 gene in mouse cells.
  • Established clonal populations of edited cells to be used for characterization.

Investigated independent translational regulation of the human ferritin light chain by iron and eIF3.

  • Published in eLife: Repression of ferritin light chain translation by human eIF3 (2019).
  • Mentor: Mia Pulos-Holmes (

Ran independent project concerned with macrolide mechanisms of action (see 2016 SURF Fellow).

Worked in a group of four researchers on a Pfizer-collaboration project to discover a drug capable of stalling PCSK9 translation thereby lowering cholesterol.

  • Performed biochemical assays to determine the motifs responsible for drug specificity.
  • Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Montabana (
05/2016 to 08/2016
SURF Fellow UC Berkeley City, STATE,

UC Berkeley, Professor Jamie Cate (

Led independent project uncovering the structural basis of macrolide function and eukaryotic resistance in the face of prokaryotic toxicity.

  • Presented research at Berkeley Biophysics, Biochemistry, and Structural Biology Conference, Asilomar, January 2017.
  • Presented research at Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Conference 2016, Berkeley, August 2016.

Rose Hills Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2016

For research proposed to study the molecular mechanisms of macrolides toward the discovery of new antibiotics

Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award 2015

For work with the American Cancer Society on the UC Berkeley campus

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School Attended

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Berkeley

Job Titles Held:

  • Graduate Student Researcher
  • First Year Graduate Rotations
  • Undergraduate Researcher
  • SURF Fellow


  • Ph.D.
  • Bachelor of Arts

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