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I do not have a lot of experience tutoring students who are not already in college, but I am willing to give it a try. A brief glimpse of my background will explain why this is so. I entered the Marines right out of high school and spent five years on active duty repairing communications equipment. After receiving an honorable discharge, I hopped from job to job until I began college full-time. My first academic interest was psychology, but the scientist inside me wanted more, so I completed two simultaneous degrees in psychology (neuroscience) and biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
After working for a year as a chemistry technician, I was accepted into the Cell Biology doctorate program at Vanderbilt University. After graduation I worked as a research scientist for 5-1/2 years at the University of Arizona and another year at the Medical University of South Carolina. I am a coauthor on three peer-reviewed scientific publications and have presented my research at scientific meetings.
As a research scientist, I have mentored graduate and medical students as they pursued their own research goals. More recently, I have been working as a freelance writer in health and science. It should be obvious from my achievements that I know how to study, especially within the natural sciences, and would look forward to helping students at all levels understand biology and related disciplines.
The coursework that I have completed includes college level General Biology for Majors, Evolution, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Neuroanatamy, and Neurochemistry. My areas of research include molecular biology, immunology, genetics, epigenetics, and developmental biology.
I took honors statistics as an undergraduate psychology major and received an A-. I have not taken an advanced class in statistics, but I have been helping undergraduate students work statistic problems for non-math majors. I earned a bachelors in psychology, a bachelors in biochemistry, a doctorate in cell biology, and have been a coauthor on three peer-reviewed publications. I was first author on one of these publications, which means I conducted most of the experiments, wrote the manuscript, and conducted the statistical analysis of the results in collaboration with a departmental statistician. So, I have had statistics course work and have applied statistics in real-world situations.
As a biochemistry major I took honors genetics and was one of the few who got an A in the course. After graduation I pursued and earned a doctorate in cell biology, then spent the next 5-6 years in an immunology laboratory working on the genetics of asthma susceptibility. Accordingly, I am a first author on an epigenetics peer-reviewed publication and a second author on another publication addressing the functional significance of non-coding single nucleotide polymorphisms. My responsibilities were to locate and characterize epigenetic features emcompasing a gene linked to childhood asthma.
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