Research

PhD Research Projects

Journey so far

 
 
 
 
 

Medical Technologist IV

Texas Department of State Health Services

May 2016 – May 2018 Texas
Diagnostic research and screening of the most critical neonatal illnesses at the largest newborn screening lab in the Nation.

  • Team Lead
  • Technical writing: SOP and process validation
  • Performing complex fluorometric/colorimetric assays for newborn screening
 
 
 
 
 

Quality Assurance Director

Everyday Minerals, Inc.

May 2015 – May 2016 Texas
Ran a microbiology lab for federally-regulated cosmetic products.

  • Audit Preparation, cGMP gap analysis and risk assessment
  • Managing Document Control, Finished Product, and Stability Programs.
  • Developing new team members and detailing their progress in each area of training.
  • Creating and structuring the following programs: Supplier Qualification, Raw Material, Retain, Shelf-life Extension, Safety Trending, Skip-Lot Testing, and Metrology.
  • Expert in Cosmetic Chemistry Theory and ISO test methods for appropriate testing application.
  • Proficient knowledge of regulations associated with the cosmetic industry, including: The Cosmetics Regulation 12232009, Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC, ICCR, GMP ISO 22716, 21 CFR 73, 74, and 82, 21 CFR 700, 710, 740.11, 740.12 and 740.17.
  • Created Skip-Lot Testing Program, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in yearly revenue
 
 
 
 
 

Program Manager

Genesis Today, Inc. with Source Nutrition Manufactoring

May 2014 – May 2015 Texas
Diagnostic research and screening of the most critical neonatal illnesses at the largest newborn screening lab in the Nation.

  • Audit preparation and response; Audit host and SME, including: Intertek, ISO, NSF, and FDA.
  • Document control/technical writing: SOPs, NCRs, CAPAs, CPAs, Policies, Forms, Protocols, etc.
  • Customer Complaint Program Manager for US & Canada.
  • QC testing for raw materials & finished product: Identity, quality, potency, purity, & strength.
  • Proficient in PMP principles: Idea/Initiation Phase, Creative Rendering, Formulation & Execution, On-going training (continuous improvement), Annual Review, etc.
  • Proficient Knowledge of regulations associated with Food Beverage & Dietary Supplements, including: ISO 9000 family, ISO 13485, 21 CFR 11, 110, 111, 120 and 820
 
 
 
 
 

Quality Control Analyst II

Asuragen, Inc.

May 2013 – May 2014 Texas
DNA, RNA, and mRNA medical device research and manufacturing

  • Audit preparation and response, including: BSI, CLIA, ISO, and FDA
  • QC Testing on custom products and cGMP medical devices (Amplidex, RNA retain, KRAS/BRAF, Armored RNA), including: Characterization, RT-PCR and gel electrophoresis, functional assessment, pH concentration, nuclease testing, raw materials, stock solutions, intermediates, in-process and filled components.
  • Performing complex fluorometric/colorimetric assays for newborn screening Perform calibrations and validations on the following equipment: Luminex 100200, ABI 3130xl Genetic Analyzer CE, ABI 7500 Fast Dx Real-Time PCR System, Thermal Cycler GeneAmp PCR System 9700, Agilent 2100 BioAnalyzer, NanoDrop Spectrophotometer ND-10002000, and Thermo Nicolet Avatar 370 FT-IR.
  • Technical writing, including: SOPs, CAPAs, NCRs, OOSs, deviations, etc.
  • Coordinator for Audits, new temperature monitoring system, and clean room lab conversion.

Projects

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Raising Israel Awareness on Penn Campus

Selected as Jewish Graduate Student Network’s Israel Fellow for 2019-2020

Team Choreo for Showcase

When I used to work full-time at Go Dance, creating wcs choreo for showcase performance external_link.

Penn Hillel Giving Week

How has being a part of the Jewish Graduate Student Network been impactful to you?

Check out Jurassic University! Jurassic Park meets Penn Campus!

Creating an imaginary text adventure game for your enjoyment

DIY Passover Seder

Check out how the Jewish Community pulled together amidst social distancing… external_link.

NLP Nitro

Run our GUI to Shakespearify your text!

Play my Murder Mystery Text Adventure Game

Writing my own text adventure game based off action-castle

See my R2D2 robots play Capture the Flag!!!

How-to-Build Intelligent Agents

Share my new passion for a vibrant new ecosystem Harry Potter Fan Fiction

A small snippet of my paper, some initial analysis between Harry Potter Fanfiction and the original canons.

External Project

An example of linking directly to an external project website using external_link.

Internal Project

An example of using the in-built project page.

Flashmob Promo Video!

I choreographed a west coast swing routine for all of Austin in 2014!!! Check me out on the front row!

Teaching Muscality in Movement for Intermediate Salsa at Go Dance!

Back when I used to be a full-time dance instructor

West Coast Swing Improvisation to All-About-That-Base!!!

Improv dancing to Meghan Trainor’s All About That Base…

Salsa Shines for Advanced Salsa Class!!!

Teaching Full-Time at Go Dance Studio in Austin, TX

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God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing…

Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans…

Not that we are competent in ourselves…

Not that we are competent in ourselves…

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

The foolishness of God is wiser than men,…

God has selected the insignificant (base) things of the world…

Therefore, if anyone should boast…

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves…

He is not far from each one of us….

The story of the writing on the wall…

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go,…

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,..”

Remember the former things, those of long ago;…

Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom,…

The story of the privileged boy…

I count everything as loss compared to the priceless…

It is the glory of God to conceal…

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities…

About

  Goodbye Austin, TX!!! This is my official farewell as I start a new beginning in the historic city of Philadelphia, Pennslyvania…

  When it comes to applying to grad school, I think I win the award for the world’s biggest emotional roller coaster. A handful of my closest friends know the intimate details of all the highs and lows leading up to grad school, suffice it to say it’s been crazy.

  I come from a long history of women in my family that were often forced to quit school due to the psychological and cultural shackles that come with the cycle of poverty. My paternal grandmother cannot read or write and my maternal grandmother didn’t finish a middle school level education. My Dad also experienced the worst oppression in poverty because he was the only one in his family that wanted to pursue an education. Unsupported and discouraged, he was subjugated to abuse and child labor, tossed around distant family members’ households to even non-relatives to get through the 5th grade. Later, my dad stayed with a non-familial couple who owned a pharmacy in order to pursue high school. Then, his parents decided to leave Mexico and move to the United States without him, even though they knew he still needed to finish secondary. The pharmacists took my Dad in and tasked him with opening and closing the store everyday and building maintenance in exchange for housing him. To this day, my Dad wishes he could find the pharmacists that helped him get through school, but when he moved to the United States he never saw them again. After high school, my Dad gave up a full scholarship to medical school in Monterrey to be reunited with his parents thinking he would have the ability to continue his education in the United States only to be held back by the naturalization process.

  Always keeping in the back of my mind the adversity in my family’s past and the poverty cycle I come from, it’s taken me this long to finally figure out where God was opening doors for me. After applying early last year and what felt like an eternity waiting, I was notified in April that I was one of a handful of students that won the Nation’s very coveted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship out of 12,000 applicants. Like a gust of wind my circumstances changed…

  You have heard it been said, “true happiness is being content with what you have,” but I believe this couldn’t be farther from the truth! True happiness is being passion-driven! True happiness is risking EVERYTHING to be free from all barriers, forces, and cultural paradigms fighting against you. And more broadly, true happiness is trusting God… you have to humble yourself, ask for forgiveness, and ask God to help you change your circumstances every day until He listens. In a perfect world, your effort might be enough, but there is only ONE who is above all things who can intercede for you in this fallen world and extravagantly change your circumstances for the better. “Every good and perfect gift comes from God above, whom does not change.” James 1:17 “I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15

  And so it is with great enthusiasm I embrace a new beginning in Philadelphia where I will be attending the University of Pennsylvania to get my PhD in Computer Science… I’ve had to endure much dearness to get to this point in my life, but for me that means the value I place on receiving this NSF Fellowship is more palpable for me than just a grateful feeling and an opportunity I will live out fully every day as I’ve had to with every hardship leading me here. I had to submit a college video essay to one of the grad schools I applied to and thought I’d share “how it all began.” This is my Cinderella story…

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