Bachelor of Science, Specialization Cell and Molecular Biology ••••• Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
Continuing Education Award Letter ••••• Biological Warfare & Terrorism; THE MILITARY & PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE Presented by the Public Health Training Network in association with the FDA, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Certification, Small Business Management ••••• John Abbott College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
More than 5 years of bioresearch experience at CTBR, a contract toxicological research facility, has instilled in me a strong understanding of GLP, GCP, SOPs, FDA regulations (CFR-Title •••••) and ICH guidelines, and has prepared me well for a career in this fast-paced yet meticulous environment. Experience was gained via auditing of all raw data from biochemistry reports, clinical signs, medical examination records (where a thorough understanding of medical terminology was required) to histology and pathology reports. I am eager to learn and I am confident I can excel at any stage in the clinical trials process.
The degree program in molecular biology has trained me with sufficient technical experience in advanced molecular lab techniques such as DNA/RNA isolation and sequencing, cloning, protein engineering, cell culture, and multiple detection and analysis assays. Critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of medical literature was stressed throughout my education.
My extracurricular studies were also geared toward career development and focused on bioethics, medical biostatistics, epidemiology, pre-clinical and clinical trials design, conduct, evaluation and reporting (including case reports, case studies, cohort studies etc.)
My internship at the Armand Frappier Institute as a member of the gene therapy team developing DNA vaccines for cancer and autoimmune disease has confirmed my desire to study with and work alongside others sharing the same vision of advancing medicine.
My objectives in creating a more effective level of preparedness within my community regarding deliberate and accidental disease outbreaks via my documentary and public awareness seminars has helped me realize my leadership skills, my pleasure of public speaking, my proficiency in interpersonal relations, as well as how to meet deadlines!
Quality Assurance, and Routine & Specialized Histology •••••••••• CTBR BioResearch, (an Invaresk Research member) Senneville, Quebec
- In QA dept: Audited all experimental raw data at a preclinical contract research organization - Verified that protocol was adhered to, as well as that proper GLP, GCP, cGMP, SOP, FDA regulations, ICH guidelines, and all international standards were met - In Histo dept: Paraffin processing and embedding of tissues, cutting animal tissues via microtome, microscopic evaluations, preparation of chrom alum and other tissue adhesives
Consultant, Chief Scientific Researcher, CBC Radio-Canada••••••••••Present Volunteer Educator, Montreal Area
- •••••: Acted as consultant and Chief Scientific Researcher for CBC Radio-Canadas television special entitled "Biological Weapons and Terrorism", a documentary based on my WMD preparedness seminars. It will air during primetime this January on CBC - Internet and medical literature research - Submitted detailed reports and presented them to CBC executives at formal meetings - Developed valuable networking and communication skills, as well as established solid interpersonal relations with highly respected peers - Planned, prioritized, and organized interviews in 4 countries - Influenced and convinced some of the worlds top scientists to participate in the documentary (also gained access to some of the worlds top biodefense labs in the United States, Canadas top microbiology labs, and former bioweapons labs in Russia and Kazakhstan) - Received praise for my research from such diverse organizations such as Health Canada, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Henry L Stimson Center, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canadian Center for Emergency Preparedness, CIA, FBI, US Army and numerous disease experts both in academia and in the private sector spanning the globe - •••••Present: Educator, public awareness seminars on natural, accidental and deliberate disease outbreaks (from Influenza and SARS awareness to genetically engineered biological weapons) - Provided information on vaccines, therapeutics, immunology, and microbiology via my self-made PowerPoint slide shows - Presented at both the university and college-level (crowds of +•••••) including radio and television interviews
Assistant to Senior Scientist•••••summer ••••• Supratek Pharma Inc., Laval, Quebec
- Member of the Gene Therapy team, assaying DNA vaccines for cancer and autoimmune disease - Cell culture, immunoprecipitation, SDS-PAGE, Western Blots, Immunohistochemistry of tissue sections, •••••Cr CTL assay, Plasmid expansion and purification, ELISA etc. - Animal manipulation
Manager of Fitness Club •••••••••• Attrait Flex Appeal, Pincourt, Quebec
- Managed a small home-based personal training center - Trained, motivated and inspired clients to improve their overall health via public speaking seminars and personal one-on-one training sessions - Managed all sales and marketing of exercise equipment and dietary supplements
COMPUTER SKILLS: MS Office, Advanced Internet Skills, Genbank, Medline
LANGUAGES: Bilingual in English and French
PERSONAL QUALITIES - Passionate about improving health care - Creative, Original thinking and pioneering spirit - Ability to work long hours, with minimal direction or supervision - Good leadership & communication skills yet also a great team player - Self-motivated - Excellent decision-making, organizational, and presentation skills - VERSATILE
INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES: Internet research on new and emerging infectious diseases, new ideas in medicine/molecular biology/immunology, reading biographical accounts of scientific discoveries, public speaking, golf, avid outdoorsman (I love nature!), and mysteries of the world (from pyramids, ancient civilizations, and religion to philosophy, string theory, and multiple dimensions). I am a lover of biology yet believe that it is balance which leads to success…