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.
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.
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.
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.
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.