senior scientist resume example with 11+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary
  • Self-motivated Ph.D. level scientist with over 10 years of R&D experience in both academia and industry that resulted in 10 peer-reviewed publications and 3 conference presentations.
  • Independent and creative problem solver, offering deep knowledge in immunology and cell biology; complemented with hands-on experience in a wide variety of cellular and molecular assays that produced contract work from GSK.
  • Effective communicator, interacting with cross-functional teams, management and regulatory agencies to implement methodologies and negotiate use of resources while maintaining project progression.

Cell Biology: Cell isolation and culture from human and animal samples, cell lines, iPSC differentiation, confocal microscopy.

Immunology: FACS analysis, cell sorting, cell-based immune assays, ELISA, cytokine assay, immunocyto- & histochemistry, immunoprecipitation.

Molecular Biology: PCR, qRT-PCR, Western blot, DNA & RNA extraction.

Microbiology: Isolation, cultivation, and maintenance of bacteria and viruses.

Software: BD FACSDiva, FlowJo, GraphPad Prism, SPSS, Image J, ELN, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat.

Communication skills: Presentation & publication of scientific data, coordination of interdisciplinary projects, training and supervision of technical staff.

Work History
2017 to Current Senior Scientist Merck & Co., Inc. | Fort Lauderdale, FL,
  • Play key role in the design and preclinical testing of a prophylactic DC-based cancer vaccine
  • Provide well-informed advice on potential repurposing of drugs and supplements for anti-aging therapies
  • Communicate new concepts and opportunities in geroscience via cohesive summary reports and presentations
2015 to 2016 Postdoctoral Research Scholar Moffitt Cancer Center | Tampa, FL,
  • Designed, executed, and evaluated cell-based, functional assays to monitor the immunologic function of alveolar macrophages in patients with COPD to better understand the underlying disease biology
  • In collaboration with Five Prime Therapeutics, enabled a `gain of function'-screening test for the identification and validation of drugs candidates for COPD and advocated resulting data to research teams and management
  • In cooperation with GSK, designed and optimized flow cytometry protocols for the isolation of immune cells from human lung samples, which secured 2-year financial support for the lab
2014 to 2015 Scientist Principia Biopharma Inc. | Cleveland, OH,
  • Introduced ATP bioluminescence as rapid microbiology method for bioburden screening within J&J Pharma for drug products, which significantly shortened the product cycle time, saving the company time and money
  • Developed and performed a generic equivalence study between the alternative method and the traditional microbial purity tests and presented the results at the European GMP Conference
  • Worked out a filing and validation strategy of the alternative method in cooperation with the department of quality control of J&J Pharma, the stakeholders and the regulatory agencies
2009 to 2014 Ph.D. Student University Of Ghent ­ | City, STATE,
  • Developed techniques to adequately perform comparative analyses on the quantitative expression of leukocyte adhesion molecules and their endothelial counter receptors between cats with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and healthy controls leading to two first-author publications
  • Established and validated two novel immortalized feline endothelial cell lines that were recently commercialized and published the methodology in a first-author paper
  • Ensured the efficient running of the lab through maintenance and troubleshooting of the flow cytometer, training technical staff and junior colleagues, supervising undergraduate students and contributing to the diagnostic service of the lab
Expected in 2014 Ph.D. | Veterinary Science University Of Ghent , Ghent, Belgium GPA:

Thesis "The role of leukocyte extravasation in the pathogenesis of Feline Infectious Peritonitis."

Expected in 2009 Master of Science | Veterinary Medicine University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium GPA:
Thesis "a new mouse model for the study of congenital cytomegalovirus infection in human."
Expected in 2006 Bachelor of Science | Veterinary Medicine University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium GPA:

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  • University of Antwerp

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