Worked on this project in collaboration with K. Grace Johnson, Loyola Marymount University, Class of 2017
Presentations/Publications: Presented at the LMU Undergraduate Research Symposium and Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 25, 2016. Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting (part of the Experimental Biology Conference, 2016) on April 2, 2016
Mentor: Dr. David Beauchamp, PhD., University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences
Presentations/Publications: Presented at the ACE Undergraduate Research Symposium on November 20, 2015. Presented at the LMU Undergraduate Research Symposium and Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 25, 2016
Ongoing Work Experience
Lab Assistant at the Loyola Marymount University College of Science and Engineering Instrument Tech Lab September 2015 – Present
Organize laboratory and equipment in laboratory such as ICPMS, GCMS, AFM and NMR.
Prepare experiments and samples for further analysis by the biochemistry and environmental science departments
Repair computers, including removing hard drives and installing new software.
Previous Work Experience
Pre-clinical Research Summer Intern at Seattle Genetics May 2016 – August 2016
Performed experiments to validate targets for anti-body drug conjugates in melanoma and glioblastoma cancers.
Used Spotfire and large data sets to identify potential targets for anti-body therapies.
Used cell culture techniques, flow cytometry, quantitative flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, and cytotox assays to validate potential targets.
Summer Intern at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences May 2015 – August 2015
Worked as a research assistant and intern in the Beuachamp Lab of The University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences as a part of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.
Conducted research on projected growth rates of juvenile Chinook salmon related to their survival rates in the Salish Sea based off of their diet composition and scale size.
Performed a variety of lab tasks including dissection and analysis of diet samples, dissection of sub-yearling Chinook salmon, handling of research equipment, participation in fieldwork in Lake Washington and Puget Sound, and use of excel and R to conduct data analyses.
Preliminary analyses show different watersheds have different prey availabilities and thus different potentials and trajectories for growth. Analyses also show hatchery raised and wild Chinook may have significant differences in diets initially in the offshore life stage
Summer Intern at Brightwater Environment Education and Community Center July 1, 2013- August 30, 2013
Worked as a high school intern for the environmental education center at the Brightwater wastewater treatment plant, part of Washington State’s King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Performed a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: reformatting of educational materials, creating educational displays, helping at open house events, creating brochures for the center, observing and helping in summer camps and building trails.
Member of the Sursum Corda service organization at Loyola Marymount University
Interested in looking into how access to affordable healthcare can improve lives in the U.S. and beyond
Attended the 2015 Ignatian Spirituality Network's Ignatian Family Teach-In for Social Justice, sparked interest in intersection of social justice and science
Planning on doing a year of post-grad service upon graduation from Loyola Marymount University. Possibly through Christ House in Washington D.C., or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Most obvious being intersection of biological sciences and mathematics, also interested in how ethics and philosophy can play a role in science, how theology and history can be interwoven, etc.
Interested in these relationships because they have the ability to yield interesting findings about society and the mother culture of society while revealing more about how humans understand and interpret the world
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
The Immortal Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Danced at Gotta Dance in Redmond, WA from the ages of 3-18
Was on a competitive team from ages 8-18
Favorite dance styles: tap and lyrical
Including but not limited too:
Spending time at the beach
Listening to Music
Favorite Concerts (so far)
Of Monsters and Men
Matt and Kim
I am passionate about biology because of the applied nature of the subject, the vastness of the discipline and because I'm fascinated by how seemingly incredibly complex living systems can be explained and understood.
I enjoy math because of the problem-solving. I find it incredibly satisfying to take a difficult problem and figure out the solution to it. I especially appreciate the vast applications of mathematics, from statistics and quantifying politics to modeling biological processes.