McAllister Lab, UC Davis Center for Neuroscience 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 for an upcoming paper examining the effects of neuronal activity on the localization of NMDA receptors.
Clinical Research Assistant
Fragile X Team, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute
- 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.