Accomplished post-doctoral scientist with broad expertise in Cell and Molecular Biology, including molecular Neuroscience and Cancer Biology.
Research, Analysis, experimental design
Advanced molecular biological research and techniques
Expert in analyzing and understanding complex biological systems
Goal setting and implementation
Published 8 refereed journal articles and obtained individual funding through the NIDA.
Identified, described and implemented a molecular mechanism for repair of injured axons in cell culture and live animals
Discovered the mechanism for the first reversible redox system for axon guidance and actin polymerization/depolymerization in vitro and in vivo
Ph.D.: Cell and Molecular Biology2011University of Texas at AustinAustin, Tx, USAAdvisor: Dr. George Bittner.
Bachelor of Science: Comprehensive Science2004Villanova UniversityVillanova, PA, USA
Minor: Russian language, Russian Area Studies Concentration
Dissertation: "cAMP and oxidative mechanisms of plasmalemmal sealing and the effects on rapid and long lasting repair of severed axons in vivo by polyethylene glycol" examined how conserved cellular trafficking mechanisms orchestrate the repair of plasma membrane damage and extend the molecular concept of repair into the in vivo behavioral recovery or rats following axonal injury.
Post-doctoral Fellow02/2011 to CurrentUT-Southwestern Medical CenterDallas, Texas
Primary project leader: Investigating the synergistic roles of Mical and Rab1 during cytoplasmic process extension
Design and execute experiments using multiple wet lab techniques, analyze and interpret data, and form logical conclusions by writing papers, grants, conference abstracts, and presentations.
Explain work processes to peers and assist in training new staff on all laboratory functions.
Maintained required APHIS permits and laboratory safety protocols.
Adjunct Lecturer08/2015 to 12/2015Southern Methodist UniversityDallas, TX
Course taught: Biology of the Brain, 15 upper level students
Developed interesting course plans to meet academic, intellectual and social needs of students.
Wrote, administered and corrected tests and quizzes in a timely manner.
Graduate Research Assistant08/2004 to 02/2011UT-Austin Institute of Cell and Molecular BiologyAustin, TX
Designed, performed and analyzed experiments in cell culture and in live rats to study the molecular mechanisms of plasma membrane repair following traumatic injury
Thorough understanding of pharmacological substances required to alter cellular responses in culture
Designed, implemented and maintained all aspects of a cell culture sterile room
Performed mammalian surgeries, electrophysiology, and behavioral tests
Wrote papers and grants describing the data collected
Undergraduate Research Assistant05/2003 to 08/2004Fox Chase Cancer CenterPhiladelphia, PA
Role of Ume3 in
regulating the yeast transcriptional response to reactive oxygen species. Advisor: Dr. Randy Strich
Conducted research in Yeast Cell Biology and Bioinformatics.
Examined the impact of oxidative stress on transcription using DNA microarrays
Assisted in the design and implementation of a program to analyze large scale expression data
Fellowships and Awards
2013 UTSW Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellow Travel Award
2011-2013 NIDA Training Fellowship investigating the role of Mical and Rab1 in cytoplasmic process dynamics
2009 UT-Austin School of Biological Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
2004/2005 UT-Austin Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology Incoming Graduate Student Fellowship
2004 Bristol Myers Squibb Undergraduate Research Fellowship
C.S., Boydston, E.A.,
Figard, L.M., Zuzek A., Bittner, G.D. A
model for sealing plasmalemmal damage in neurons and other eukaryotic cells. Journal of Neuroscience. 2010. 30(47):
15790-15800. PMID: 21106818
C.S., Boydston, E.A., Fan,
J.D., Wilcott, R.W., Robison T.R., Bittner, G.D. Pathways for plasmalemmal repair mediated by
PKA, Epac and cytosolic oxidation in rat B104 cells in vitro and rat sciatic
axons ex vivo. Developmental Neurobiology. 2012.
Epub ahead of print. Doi: 10.1002/dneu.20998. PMID: