Research

   Under the advisement of Dr. Chris Callison-Burch with the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr. Emily Falk with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, my PhD research project is a cross discipline collaboration between Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Cognitive Science called Motivational Boost.





  Whereas prior work has looked at features of naturally occurring language and how persuasive that language turns out to be, Motivational Boost is novel in looking for casual explanations behind what makes text persuasive by manipulating linguistic features in content messages and measuring the perception of persuasion, motivation, relevance, intention, and confidence on the ability to positively change behavior. As an extension to work done by Lillian Lee in “Winning Arguments: Interaction Dynamics and Persuasion Strategies in Good-faith Online Discussions,” (Tan et al, 2016) we take the linguistic features observed in a subreddit called “Change my View” (CMV) to manipulate motivational messages on parenting. CMV is an argumentation platform on Reddit where a stance on a topic is posted by an original poster (OP) and responders can make reasonable objections through the civil discourse this platform provides. At the end of an argumentation thread, the original poster rates which responder’s viewpoint changed their mind, giving researchers a structured dataset that includes language used to persuade and ratings of success.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

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.

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, emotional, and cultural shackles that come with the cycle of poverty. My grandmother on my dad’s side cannot read or write and my grandmother on my mom’s side didn’t finish a middle school level education till in her 50s. My Dad also experienced the worst oppression in poverty just because he was the only one in his family that wanted to go to school. Unsupported and discouraged by his family, he was subjugated to abuse and child labor tossed from distant family members to non-relatives just to get through the 5th grade. Later, my dad stayed with a random couple who owned a pharmacy to be able to finish out 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. In exchange for housing my dad, the pharmacists taking care of him tasked him with opening and closing the store everyday and all the building maintenance. 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 and continuous improvement! True happiness is risking EVERYTHING to be free from all barriers, forces, and cultural paradigms fighting against you. Lastly, true happiness “to me” is trusting God above all else… 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

  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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