In terms of this project I bring experience in Biostatistics, general laboratory procedures, records research, and publication in peer reviewed journals to the table. I will assist with growing cultures of kombucha and spirulina according to protocols written by members of our team with expertise in these subjects. I will collect data, analyze it, and help write and publish the paper.
I have a passion for the biological sciences both professionally and
personally, both adopting a scientific career and scientific hobbies.
My interests have ranged from human genetics, to insect genetics and
toxicology, and environmental health and toxicology. Professionally, I
have been a research assistant in various laboratories and academic
institutions for over ten years. I have two master's degrees; one in
Biology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a MS in
Entomology from Virginia Tech. I also currently have six publications
to my name, including two first author publications. I am published in Genetica (1), PLOS One (2,3), The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology (4,5), and The Journal of Human Genetics (6).
I have presented honey bee research at the Southern Appalachian Honeybee Research Conference (SAHRC) 2013, 2014, and 2016. I have also presented my research on bee genetics at Evolution 2014.
I have expertise in a wide variety of cell culture and molecular
biology assays, procedures, and protocols. I am also experienced in the statistical analysis of data, and toxicological assays.
Currently I have a foot in several different areas of biology. In the University of Virginia I am a full time Laboratory Specialist in the Ophthalmology Department. Part-time, I am an officer in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps as a 72B-Entomologist. On the volunteer side of things I am a volunteer Laboratory Manager at Charlottesville Open Biolabs, and am part of the project for which this crowdfunding application is attempting to gain funding.