experience


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research coordinator, herting lab

department of preventive medicine, University of Southern California

April 2017 - Present

  • Responsibilities: conducting modeling analyses in R for an RO3 grant looking at the developmental changes of amygdala subregions in adolescents utilizing structural MRI images using an in-vivo probabilistic atlas; in charge of organizing and running the Air, Brain and Behavior pilot study looking at the effects of air pollution on brain development and obesity: recruits and screens participants, organizes, schedules and implements protocols for study visits, tracks data, maintains large database and conducts data analyses; helps run MRI task on 3 Tesla; administers cognitive testing and IQ tests; aids in submission of IRB amendments; postprocesses MRI images; manages volunteers.

  • Achievements: co-authoring Manuscript detailing the analyses of amygdala composition during adolescent development; wrote R for-loop and functions to streamline modeling analyses for RO3 grant; co-authoring review paper investigating the uses of brain imaging techniques and how they assist in understanding the effects of air pollution exposure on the brain; developed email recruitment strategy to enhance speed and communication with potential participants; develops assessment items.


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Lab manager, mcallister lab

center for neuroscience, university of california, davis

June 2014 - June 2016

  • Responsibilities: preparation and maintenance of primary cortical neuronal and astrocyte cultures; training incoming lab members (technicians, grad students and post docs) in in vitro lab techniques including immunocytochemistry, confocal imaging, sterile culture technique and general lab safety; rodent animal handling and peripheral blood draws; ordering lab supplies; maintaining lab records.

  • Achievements: collaborated with bioengineering department to develop novel microfluidic devices to manipulate synapse dynamics; performed and troubleshooted experiments examining the effects of neuronal activity on the localization of NMDA receptors.


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undergraduate researcher, vogel lab

department of health and the environment, university of california, davis

April 2011 - April 2014

  • Responsibilities: performed in vitro assays testing the synergism between two canonical immune pathways in mediating immunity in response to environmental stimuli. Worked with human cell culture and mouse tissue samples.

  • Achievements: Uncovered possible mechanisms underlying emergence of autoimmunity in response to environmental pollutants.


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Clinical Research Assistant, Fragile X team

M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California, Davis

April 2013 - June 2014

  • Responsibilities: organized iPad intervention study to best improve social skills, language, and learning at home for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); assisted and individually ran clinical sessions, delivered session follow-up guidelines for parents; implemented, scored, and recorded assessment tools (PAL, PDDBI, BASC, EVT) into database; instructed and supervised new interns.

  • Achievements: co-designed a protocol for enhancing communication between parents and ASD children utilizing iPad games and specific behavioral techniques.


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undergraduate researcher, center for advanced technology in schools (CATS) project

cresst, university of california, los angeles

June 2010 - December 2012

  • Responsibilities: Created computer games to teach math concepts for the Center for Advanced Technology in Schools (CATS); created assessment items and corresponding rubrics; conducted software testing; collaborated with peers and presented findings.

  • Achievements: conducted “think-aloud studies” requiring a protocol and detailed observations; supervised study at Culver City Middle School: created teaching materials and protocols, collected and analyzed data; outside of CATS project, assisted with virtual ultrasound teaching data collections.