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Colorado State University (Biology)
Colorado State University (Master's)
I have worked as a mentor for various age groups and demographics, including college students with an organization called FOCUS, and 10-14 year old children with the Midtown Education Foundation in Chicago. I also periodically tutored undergraduate biomedical students, helping them with subjects like human gross anatomy and physiology. As a non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps and later the Army, I was very much directly involved in the training and mentorship of Marines and soldiers on a daily basis. This generally involved a 'crawl, walk, run' process, whereby basic concepts were introduced, strengthened, and then ultimately applied to real world scenarios. Learning occurs not when questions are merely answered, but when just enough information is provided to guide a student through their own reasoning process to the correct answer.
A little about my interests: I love the mountains, so naturally I spend as much of my free time possible hiking, camping, climbing, and exploring. I have a personal goal of climbing all of Colorado's 14,000+ ft. mountains, and at 28 I am over half way there! I really love medical science, so Ive worked as a CNA, in a cancer research lab, and currently as a medical laboratory scientist. As of right now, I am reading a book called "The Emperor of all Maladies: a Biography of Cancer," which has really inspired and fueled my desire to work eventually as a cancer researcher and oncologist.
I currently hold a Masters degree in Biomedical Science from a very demanding program that involves human cadaver dissection, case-study based advanced gross anatomy, and graduate level physiology. Additionally, coursework in toxicological pathology, cancer biology, cancer genetics, pathology, and medical bacteriology have granted me an excellent background in pathologies which lead to deviations from the body's normal function and form. An emphasis on case-study presentation has granted me experience in communicating anatomical and physiological concepts, explaining them clearly, and fielding questions. I have informally tutored undergraduate biomedical students, and honestly I really love the subject matter and discussing it with others.
I have completed a great deal of biochemistry and cell/molecular biology work, including biochemistry, developmental biology, cancer biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, as well as the organic and inorganic chemistry necessary to give biochemistry its proper context. I have worked in a cancer research laboratory, and I am familiar with various cell and molecular lab techniques. I currently work as a medical laboratory scientist, and I analyze various biochemical markers in blood samples which can indicate a patient's over all well being. Finally, I love biochemistry - it was the electrochemical gradient generated by the electron transport chain which fascinated me and drew me into the biological sciences in the first place
I have been employed in the healthcare field in various capacities for three years. Further, I earned a Masters degree in Biomedical Science, and hold a BS in Biology where I minored also in Biomedical Science. I have completed coursework in pharmacology, cellular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, immunology, cancer biology, molecular genetics, toxicological pathology, etc. I have worked in a cancer research lab, where we studied how to utilize the immune system to target cancer stem cells. With this said, I have a great deal of practical and academic experience in the medical field. Medicine is a passion of mine, as my ultimate goal is to become a physician.
If you love the biomedical or biological sciences as much as I do, feel free to contact me! I would certainly be happy to schedule a time to meet and answer any of your questions or help you work through any problems! I have worked as a mentor for various age groups and demographics, including college students with an organization called FOCUS, and 10-14 year old children with the Midtown Education Foundation in Chicago. I also periodically tutored undergraduate biomedical students, helping
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I have completed the following: 3 semesters undergraduate and graduate Physiology; Cellular Neurobiology
Immunology; Nerve/Muscle pathology; Pharmacology; Toxicological Pathology; Cancer Biology; Cancer Genetics
Endocrinology; Human Reproductive Biology; Developmental Biology; Human Pathology; and Medical Bacteriology.