Meticulous Research Assistant/Lab Manager with professional hands-on expertise in tissue culture, in vitro therapy, plant/microbe interactions. Organized multi-tasker effectively managing multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
In Vitro Therapy
Research and Analysis
Long Term Goal Development
Mentor/Train Interns & Staff
Collaborate w/ Clients
Successfully developed and implemented protocols for the introduction of over 70 genera - including annuals, perennials, and woody ornamentals - into tissue culture, overcoming problems of hyperhydricity, phenolic build-up, bacterial contamination, etc.
Maintained daily inventory of 1,000 plant cultures.
Conducted an embryo rescue project that resulted in the development of commercial interspecific hybrids of Zinnia.
Master's thesis: "Assessment of Botrytis cinerea Resistance in the RegalPelargonium."
Developed a grant proposal, with the assistance of Dr. Richard Craig -Awarded The Gloeckner Grant for the research year 2000-2001 in the amount of $10,583.40.
High School Valedictorian
Lab Manager/Tissue Culture Specialist, 04/2007 to 01/2017GardenGenetics LLC － Bellefonte, PA
Establish/Expand/Manage Tissue Culture Lab at GardenGenetics LLC.
Development of protocols for the initiation, maintaince, and multiplication of over 70 genera in tissue culture.
Maintain daily inventory of 1000 tissue culture accessions.
Develop/Maintain database of all initiated cultures - detailing growth progress spanning 11 years.
Organogenesis, somatic embryogenesis and embryo rescue research.
In vitro breeding and classical ex vitro breeding.
Manage laboratory activities including but not limited to mentor interns, train new staff, equipment maintenance, order/track supplies, chemical inventory, client billing.
Communicate with colleagues and breeders on various projects.
Contract Research- collaborate w/clients to meet approved deadlines.
Track/Prepare shipping of plant material within the U.S. and Abroad.
Adjunt Faculty-Enviromental Science, 08/2005 to 12/2005Harrisburg Area Community College － Gettysburg, PA
Construct course syllabus.
Create powerpoint presentations.
Organize and present lectures.
Schedule reading assignments, homework, projects, quizzes, and exams.
Create a positive learning environment for students.
Meet required deadlines and follow course polices set by HACC.
Biological Science Laboratory Technician, 01/2004 to 05/2005USDA-ARS, Fruit Laboratory (Molecular Lab) － Beltsville, MD
Conduct research on Fragaria vesca responses to the abiotic environment.
RNA/DNA extraction, colony hybridization, DNA sequencing, PCR.
Obtain and analyze ~600 EST sequences from Fragaria vesca cDNA library.
Design/Maintain database from EST and colony hybridization sequences.
Organize/Maintain plasmid and bacterial stocks.
Manage laboratory and greenhouse activities.
Conduct growth chamber experiments.
Mentor high school students.
Conduct research/communicate with colleagues and lead scientists to improve established procedures.
Research Technician, 05/2001 to 12/2004USDA-ARS, PSI-National Germplasm Resources Laboratory － Beltsville, MD
Conduct in vitro therapy to eliminate pathogens in quarantined plant accessions.
Maintain cultures of viruses in living plant tissues.
Conduct research to improve efficiency and effectiveness of tissue culture procedures used in processing quarantined plant germplasm.
DNA/RNA extraction, PCR.
Maintaining database for numerous quarantined genera.
Education and Training
Master of Science:Plant Genetics Emphasis in Plant PathologyPennsylvania State University － University Park, PA, USA3.73 GPA
Bachelor of Science:Horticulture Emphasis in GeneticsPennsylvania State University － University Park, PA, USA3.69 GPA