Experienced laboratory manager with expertise in diagnostic and analytical laboratory testing. Research Scientist with more than 15 years experience in field, office and lab settings with a strong focus on molecular biology.
Diligent attention to detail and initiative to take appropriate action.
Familiar with FDA regulations and ISO standards.
Specific enzyme activity testing and analysis.
Recombinant protein production, purification and analysis.
UV and Vis Spectrometry
Aerobic and anaerobic microbiological culture, small and large-scale fermentations.
Aseptic technique and precise liquid measurement and handling.
Calibration and maintenance of lab equipment.
Proficient in PCR and Q-PCR
Skilled in genotyping
Lab Manager, 04/2015 to Current Forest Pathology – SFRC/IFAS/UF
Support research into emerging forest pathogen threats: identification, description, and management strategies.
Forest tree disease molecular diagnostics of plant pathogens using fungal DNA barcoding.
Advise stakeholders on best practices for disease management.
Managed overall laboratory functions.
Scheduled and trained technical staff members.
Ordered laboratory equipment and supplies.
Assistant Lab Manager, 01/2010 to 01/2013 Science for Health Professions – Santa Fe College
Facilitated Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry laboratory classes for Health Science students, supervised student employees, maintained Anatomy/Chemistry/Microbiology labs.
Complied with OSHA lab safety regulations.
Supported health sciences education for nursing and allied health students.
Associate Scientist, 01/2009 to 01/2010 Banyan Biomarkers – Alachua, FL
Served in the Product Development lab translating a biomarker assay from an ELISA to a validated portable device platform.
Worked with biological samples (serum, CSF and antibodies).
Complied with Good Laboratory Practices and Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Part 11.
Office Manager, 01/2006 to 01/2012 Precision Hardwood Floors
Responsible for accounting, payroll, purchasing and communicating with vendors & clients.
Quality Control Analyst, 01/2002 to 01/2005 Ixion Biotechnology
Performed routine analytical testing of raw and intermediate materials for product development, and of lots manufactured for clinical trial release.
Received and processed samples from pre-clinical and clinical protocols.
Summarized and reported data from human trials, stability studies, material and batch testing.
Prepared, revised and evaluated standard operating procedures (SOPs), forms and inspection methods.
Research Biologist, 12/2000 to 01/2002 Ixion Biotechnology – Alachua, FL
Applied good scientific judgement to the development of pharmaceutical and other marketable applications of an anaerobic bacteria and recombinant enzyme product.
Produced and maintained frozen, lyophilized and live stocks of the anaerobe.
Calibrated lab equipment, prepared media and stock solutions, and helped manage an orderly laboratory.
Communicated in written and oral formats for training and collaboration.
Assisted in the development and validation of new analytical test methods.
01/1997 to 01/2000
Attended UF, BS awarded 2000~~~~~~~~~~~.
Master's: May 2006 University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
Advanced coursework in Applied and Molecular Biology
Emphasis in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
BS: December 2000 University of Florida - Gainesville, FL Botany