User:Brandon J. Klein

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Contact Info

  Brandon J. Klein
  Loyola Marymount University
  1 LMU Drive, MSB #3393
  Los Angeles, CA 90045
  E-mail: bklein7@lion.lmu.edu

Education

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

  • Major: Biology; Minor: Biochemistry
  • Expected Graduation Date: May 6, 2018
  • Upper division courses:
    • BIOL 351- General Physiology
    • BIOL 352-General Physiology Lab
    • BIOL/CMSI 367- Biological Databases
    • BIOL 398- Special Studies: Biostatistical Analysis
    • CHEM 370- Biochemistry I
    • MATH 360- Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Research

Current Projects

  • Mathematical Modeling Modelling of Gene Regulatory Networks in Yeast
  • “New GenMAPP Analysis of Bordetella pertussis Microarray Data Reveals Pathway Level Responses to Polysaccharide Capsule Deletion”
    • Date: 11/03/2015 - Present
    • Faculty Mentors: Drs. Kam D. Dahlquist and John David N. Dionisio
  • “Characterization of Retinal Thickness Measurements and their Relationship to Visual Acuity in Progressing Cases of Nonneovascular Macular Degeneration”
    • Date: 05/18/2015 - Present
    • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lily S. Khadjavi

Presentations

  • Klein, Brandon J. & Lily S. Khadjavi. Characterization of Retinal Thickness Measurements and their Relationship to Visual Acuity in Progressing Cases of Nonneovascular Macular Degeneration. Experimental Biology 2016, San Diego, CA, April 2016.
  • Horstmann, Kristen M., Morris, Tessa A., Klein, Brandon J., Dahlquist, Kam D., Fitzpatrick, Ben G. Mathematical Modeling Reveals Zap1's Role in the Gene Regulatory Network that Controls the Response to Cold Shock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Loyola Marymount University Eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, March 2016.

Major Research Interests

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    • Molecular mechanisms underlying AMD pathology; characterization of genotype-phenotype correlations; transcriptome and epigenome analyses of retinal tissues; stem cell translational research
  • Retinal Imaging
    • Degeneration of retinal cells in disease conditions, methods for repairing the damage done by degeneration of retinal cells, differentiation of neurons from neuroepithelial progenitors
  • Bioinformatics and Next-Generation Sequencing Studies

Work Experience

  • Bioinformatics Lab Teaching Assistant
    • Employer: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
    • Dates: August 2016 - Present
  • UCLA Care Extender (Volunteer)
    • Employer: UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA
    • Dates: January 2016 - Present
    • Responsibilities:
      • Assisting radiologic technologists during x-ray examinations
      • Assisting registered nurses in the treatment of post-operative patients
      • Greeting and directing hospital guests
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant
    • Employer: Southwestern Eye Associates, Las Vegas, NV
    • Dates: Junes 2015 - August 2015
    • Responsibilities:
      • Patient work-ups (history taking, refraction, and applanation tonometry)
      • Performing OCT exams using the CIRRUS™ Photo 600 (Zeiss)
      • Assisting in minor medical procedures
  • Retinal Photographer
    • Employer: Southwestern Eye Associates, Las Vegas NV
    • Dates: July 2013 - August 2014
    • Responsibilities:
      • Performing OCT exams using the CIRRUS™ Photo 600 (Zeiss)
      • Greeting patients and scheduling exams
      • Cleaning and maintaining ophthalmic equipment

Academic Passions

  • Biology
    • My favorite thing about biology is its capacity to explain the mechanisms of life-knowledge which can be used to doctor and improve our quality of life.
  • Computer Science
    • My favorite thing about computer science is the manner in which we program mechanisms that resemble cognition. Such explorations help supplement our understanding of information processes and the human brain.

Hobbies

  • Music
    • I have been a percussionist for nearly a decade and occasionally trifle with recording performances.
    • My passion for music often extends to listening to a broad swath of genres, from country to indie rock.
  • Travel
    • I enjoy travelling and immersing myself in the various cultures of the world.
    • Unique locations I have visited include Colombia and China.

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