A brief about me.

Scientific Program Manager at National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Published life sciences professional with federal science policy experience and over 15 years of research experience in biomedical sciences, specializing in human genetic networks.

Strong organizational, data analysis and problem-solving skills. Experienced team leadership within small to large multi-disciplinary projects including patient and healthcare provider engagement strategies. Ability to deep-dive into new subjects and quickly develop a strong understanding. Ability to communicate complex information verbally or in writing to audiences of varied scientific and lay backgrounds. Skilled at moving between unique projects and interacting with diverse stakeholders.

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EDUCATION.

2005-2011

Doctor of Philosophy

Biomedical Sciences, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, California

1993-1998

Bachelor of Science

Biological Sciences, University of California Irvine 1993-1998 Irvine, California, Honors in Research

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.

2016-present

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Rockville, MD

Health Scientist AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

  • Lead team of 20 inter-departmental staff to define scope and implement strategies for engaging health practitioners and cancer patients in a new 5-year, national longitudinal biobanking project.
  • Formulate policies for clinical data management, biospecimen collection, consent strategies, protocol development and governance for biobank
2011-2016

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)

San Diego, CA

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Designed biological assays using molecular biology, metabolomics and gene expression techniques to characterize breast cancer progression using cancer patient tumor cells isolated at difference stages of disease progression
  • Presented research at local symposia and national conferences
  • Mentored summer undergraduate interns from across the nation
  • Elected President and Vice-President of TSRI’s postdoctoral association. Served 3000 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows over 3 years. Mobilized volunteers and organized vendor shows to raise $60,000 yearly budget. Planned professional development and social events including inaugural Lighting Talk and Open Mic competitions
2005-2011

University of California School of Medicine

San Diego, CA

Graduate Student Researcher

  • Used gene editing and molecular biology techniques to identify master gene regulators that play a role in promoting the spread of breast cancer
  • Presented research at national conferences
  • Published findings in Cancer Research Howard Hughes Med-into-Grad Fellow
  • 3-month program to expose scientists to clinical settings in their field of expertise
  • Attended clinical grand rounds, tumor boards and patient case histories, accompanied oncologists in inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Completed medical courses on pharmacology, histology, and patient interactions
2002-2005

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

San Diego, CA

Research Assistant

  • Used gene delivery techniques to study genetic mechanisms that control spinal cord development
  • Published four papers in high-impact scientific journals including Science Magazine and Genes & Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Sep-Nov 2017

FedTech

Entrepreneurship program with courses on commercialization of federal technologies, innovation, lean startup methodology, venture funding. Weekly immersion in hands-on customer discovery. Canvased biomarker diagnostic market and networked with field experts. Presented and delivered final customer discovery results and next steps to commercialization for members of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

June-July 2016

MicroMBA certification, UCSD Rady School of Management

Mini-MBA course with lectures on business strategy, corporate finance, business analytics, financial decision analysis, marketing, and leadership

September 2016-2018

CHAIR and Co-CHAIR, AAAS STPF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION AFFINITY GROUP

Forge relationships and collaborations with entrepreneurs and business experts in Washington D.C. including representatives from White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, The U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, SciStarter, FedTech, and others. Within 2 months, organized the first of six “Meet an Entrepreneur” events

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