I am a medical technologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services in the Biochemistry and Genetics department of the Newborn Screening lab. I recently received my Associates of Applied Science, in Biotechnolgy, from Austin Community College (GPA 3.69). Prior to ACC I attended Texas A&M University in Galveston, with a focus on Marine Biology. The ACC Biotech program provided me with the most current methods, techniques, and concepts used in the biotechnology industry and research...
I am a medical technologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services in the Biochemistry and Genetics department of the Newborn Screening lab. I recently received my Associates of Applied Science, in Biotechnolgy, from Austin Community College (GPA 3.69). Prior to ACC I attended Texas A&M University in Galveston, with a focus on Marine Biology. The ACC Biotech program provided me with the most current methods, techniques, and concepts used in the biotechnology industry and research and development labs throughout the world.
In my current position I perform automated Fluorometric ELISA assays to detect 17-OHP, IRT, TSH, AND T4 in neonatal patients.
I've worked as a contracted Microbiologist for the TX DSHS Diagnostic Serology and HIV/STD labs, as well as functioning as a lab tech III in the Newborn Screening Specimen Receiving Lab. I worked the graveyard shift at CPL as a lab assistant while interning at Bioo Scientific in the Food and Feed Department. During my internship at Bioo Scientific I performed QC on ELISA test kits and developed 2 new ELISA kits for the company.
I have performed the extraction, purification, and isolation of various recombinant proteins and nucleic acids (plasmid DNA, genomic DNA and RNA) using freeze-thaw, sonication, mechanical, bead, and chemically mediated cell lysis. I have experience in amplification of nucleic acid sequences using end-point PCR, Real Time PCR, and reverse transcriptase PCR. I have also performed agarose Gel Electrophoresis and Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis to analyze nucleic acid samples.I am experienced in chromatography purification techniques including hydrophobic interaction, size-exclusion, ionic, gravity, affinity, FPLC, HPLC, and GC. I'm very comfortable with protein analysis using SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, ELISA, and enzyme assays (Bradford). My "Molecular Techniques" class published 3 novel DNA sequences for the GAPC gene of three novel plant species. I enjoy using bioinformatics (NCBI, CN3D, BLAST,etc). While attending ACC, I was awarded a National Science Foundation scholarship and participated in an associated biofuel research project with the Department of Defense (2011-2013). Our research project focused on the production, purification, and isolation of biofuels and biomass using recombinant algae and the isolation of potentially profitable components. The project was a success and the proprietary information was purchased by a private company in 2013.
This summer I participated in an internship at the Texas Department of State Health Services Molecular Biology Lab. The lab is responsible for the identification of infectious diseases as well as monitoring and responding to outbreaks for the entire southwest United States. During my time with in the molecular biology lab, I performed conventional and molecular serotyping of infectious diseases and validation and development of an intestinal parasite screen using real time multiplexed PCR. My final project in the state lab dealt with a relatively new technology that uses loop-mediate isothermal reactions to amplify nucleic acids in about an hour without expensive visualization equipment.
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