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Curriculum Vitae - Educational Portion

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

M.S. Biology, Major in Parasitology

M.A. Bio-medical Illustration

Thesis: Comparative Morphology of Cestode Holdfast Organs with an Emphasis on the Trypanorhynchann Tentacular System.

B.S. Zoology, Major in Microbiology

Research:

Worked with Dr. Murray D. Dailey, California State University, Long Beach, on the identification of parasitic organisms, marine mammals. Principal areas of interest: Elasmobranch parasites; marine mammals and biology; computer-simulated reconstruction and Illustration; computer graphics. Computer graphics special studies.

Instructor

University of Long Beach, California. Courses taught include: After working with Dr. Murray D. Dailey, California State University, Long Beach (Master's Thesis: Comparative Morphology of Cestode Holdfast Organs with an Emphasis on the Trypanorhynchann Tentacular System), on the identification of parasitic organisms, marine mammals, I am well-versed in the use of the terminology, principles and techniques used in research on marine mammals, scientific research, analysis or testing; methods of data collection; procedures, techniques and equipment used in laboratory testing and analysis.

My principal areas of interest are Elasmobranch parasites from marine mammals; computer-simulated reconstruction and Illustration; computer graphics. I have the ability to conduct scientific research, studies or analyses using scientific methods and techniques; perform quantitative analysis of scientific data; plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; prepare written reports.

I have received training in Histology, Cytology, Microbiology and Anatomy / Physiology covering the cell / nucleus complex and cytoplasm, Tissues (blood, epithelial, connective, lymphatic, connective, bone, nerve, and muscle), Body Systems (circulatory, integumentary, digestive, organs/glands, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive) with concurrent labs preparing and identifying tissue samples.

I have experience in the basic methods in Microbiology dealing with inoculation methods (streak plates and transferring a pure culture), special inoculation methods (plate count, pour plates, double-poured plates, and blood agar plates. I've worked with isolation, identification, and sensitivity testing of bacteriophage typing (C&S), cutaneous mycoses, FTA-ABS procedures, materials and methods for the coagulation lab, materials for the tissue culture lab, anaerobic cultures, and the collection and transportation of clinical specimens.

A Master's degree in Biology, along with my Microbiology teaching experience and Marine Biology fieldwork, has provided extensive exposure to laboratory equipment, protocols and procedures.

I have used basic tools such as fine tipped forceps, copper grids, small scissors, dissecting needles, razor blades, glass knives, platinum loops and needles, reagents, buffers (veronal-acetate, Millonig's osmalal phosphate, Sorenson's, collidine, and cacodylate), chemical balances, centrifuges, graduated cylinders, pipettes, Petri dishes, simple paraffin embedding, anaerobic jars, syringes, fixatives (Palade's, Caulfield's Balanced Osmium, formaldehyde, Karnovsky's, potassium permanganate, and glutaraldehyde) for preparing specimen's for microtomy, staining, and regular and electron microscopy.

During our work with marine mammals, we spent considerable time at Marine World, San Diego conducting marine mammal necropsies; collecting, recording and analyzing tissues, and other scientific data relating to marine mammal pathobiology. During this period, we used typical Gram stains (with E. coli as the Gram negative control; Staphylococcus for the Gram positive control), Sensi-Disc antimicrobial agents (Taxo), and Fluorescence antibodies (FTA-ABS test sorbent, FTA standard non-reactive control serum, anti-human globulin - fluorescein labeled, anti-rabbit globulin - fluorescein labeled, complete adjuvant - M. butyricum, and buffered glycerol mounting medium); Vimentin controls to determine whether or not the tissue has been optimally processed; vimentin internal control also used to identify variations in fixation within a tissue block.

Although most laboratories have automated histoembedders, auto-stainers, cover slippers, vacuum tissue processors, cryostat with external microtomes, my exposure has been to simple American Optic microtomes with manual tissue processing, embedding, and staining. I do not have experience with current automated systems but would welcome the opportunity to work with this equipment and utilize my background in automated systems.