I earned a BA in Biology from Columbia University. The courses I took included Genetics, Microbiology, Mammalian Physiology, Vertebrate Zoology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology, Neuropsychology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
I also have an MS in Recombinant DNA Technology from New York University. At NYU, I took a Molecular Biology Laboratory class, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Neuropsychopharmacology
I have also taken coursework at the PhD level at The City University of New York, and at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, concentrating in Neurobiology.
As you can see, my background in Biology is fairly extensive. In addition, I have several years of experience working in the laboratory as a Graduate Researcher, and as a Senior Research Technician.
Genetics is perhaps my strongest subject. In addition to the genetics courses I took in college, I have a Master's degree from NYU in Recombinant DNA Technology. In my most recent position in laboratory science, I was working as a Senior Research Technician in a Molecular and Cellular Immunology laboratory at Albany Medical Center. I was often called on to perform techniques of Molecular Biology, such as using a cloning and expression system to amplify a construct; using an electrophoretic gel apparatus; and running a PCR machine to amplify genetic material. In addition to the hands-on experience, I have also facilitated a review section in Genetics for the Medical Students at Sophie Davis School of BioMedical Education at CUNY.
I have been studying classical piano music since I was 6 years old. In grade school and high school, I attended the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) prep division, and I continued my formal piano studies for two years in college. Study at MSM included theory and ear-training coursework: I learned the basics of note-reading, the circle of fifths, modes, chord structure, sight-reading, counterpoint, and music analysis.
Pieces I have learned include Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Mozart's Piano Concerto in C major, Kabalevsky's 3nd Piano concerto, several Beethoven Sonatas, Bach Inventions, Preludes and Fugues, and Italian Concerti.
As a young child, books were my world. I read constantly. I credit my command of the English language (reading and writing)to my extra-curricular reading. I subsequently went on to earn an Ivy-league education.
Literacy is not just a skill: it is power. How seriously you will be taken later in life depends crucially on your literacy skills.
Not only am I well-read, I also love to share my love of reading with younger children. While working as a graduate student at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, I volunteered to read to children in the Pediatrics waiting room. I've read to my young nephew, and I've tutored children privately.
To my great joy, my nephew is also a bookworm.
I am an ivy-league educated writer of fictional stories, political essays, travel journals, and technical writing for grant applications for bio-research projects. Writing, like any other skill, must be practiced on a regular basis. This helps develop the courage to say what must be said, and the ability to find the right words to completely encompass what you are trying to say.
Important to developing an aptitude for writing is to cultivate a large vocabulary; reading a great deal helps with this. Making a habit of daily writing practice will sharpen your abilities. Best of all, you will learn the tremendous power of the pen. It is possible to take any situation - good or bad - and transform it by changing the words you use to describe it.
Literacy is power.