Professional Experience

Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

Stanford School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Ultra-High Field MRI Lab

Laboratory Manager

​Principal Investigator: Brian Rutt, PhD

  • Oversaw laboratory activities in two facilities, maintaining a safe environment for all users and ensuring compliance with local and federal regulations by ensuring good laboratory practices.

  • Managed and operated highly-specialized manufacturing and electronic equipment to include a large 3D printer, network analyzer, dielectric assessment kit, NMR Relaxometer, and a GE 7T MRI system.

 

  • Maintained several laboratory computers, each with specialized hardware and distinct licensed applications, to ensure network compliance and security while providing reliable resources for researchers in other labs.

 

  • Created several radio frequency (RF) coil models for 3T, 7T, and 10.5T environments in FEKO® simulation software, generating many designs to analyze magnetic and electric fields produced by the geometry of the models.

Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

Stanford School of Medicine

Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Principal Investigator: Jaimie Henderson, MD

  • Coordinated research activities for patients on a clinical trial investigating the therapeutic effect on focus, attention, and chronic fatigue associated with traumatic brain injuries using deep-brain stimulation.

 

  • Provided research support for patients enrolled in a feasibility study examining the use of a neural implant designed to read cortical activity and allow the user to control a cursor on a computer screen using thought.

 

  • Maintained accurate records of all clinical activities performed during each clinical trial and reported protocol deviations, adverse events, or serious adverse events to the proper regulatory authorities in a timely manner.

 

  • Performed eligibility screening for potential surgical candidates and administered neuropsychological examinations to determine baseline functioning, while providing a compassionate experience for each patient experiencing a significant cognitive deficit.

​Feb 2016 - Aug 2017

Stanford School of Medicine

Cancer Clinical Trials Office

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Principal Investigators:

   Pejman Ghanouni, M.D., Ph.D.

   Audrey Fan, Ph.D.

   Andrei Iagaru, M.D.

   Pamela L. Kunz, M.D.

   Erik Mittra, M.D., Ph.D.

​   Greg Zaharchuk, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Efficiently managed and coordinated several diagnostic imaging and cancer treatment phase II-IV clinical research protocols, ensuring regulatory compliance in each study while maintaining the safety and well-being of every trial participant.

  • Accurately wrote and submitted protocol applications, amendments, reports, and annual reviews to Stanford’s Institutional Review Board and other research monitoring committees, and responded to queries and requests from a wide variety of regulatory agencies, investigator and industry sponsors, and study monitors.

  • Compassionately engaged with each research participant from pre-screening to study completion, adhering to good clinical practice (GCP) standards, and promptly documenting and reporting adverse events to the principal investigator and appropriate regulatory authorities when necessary.

  • Determined effective strategies for recruiting and retaining research participants, managed compensation and reimbursements throughout trial participation, and provided an overall professional experience for patients.

  • Audited multiple studies to ensure compliance with applicable protocols and regulations, and provided leadership in identifying and implementing corrective actions.

May 2015 - Dec 2015

University of California, San Francisco

Dept. of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Zhang Lab

Graduate Student Researcher

Advisor: Xiaoliang Zhang, Ph.D.

  • Designed and fabricated a novel nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) radio-frequency (RF) coil for operation at the ultrahigh field strength of 7 Tesla (7T) with wide spatial coverage capable of obtaining both hydrogen structural imaging data and carbon-13 spectroscopic data.

  • Performed bench tests with a network analyzer and obtained several scans using the GE 7T MR system demonstrating the effectiveness of the coil.

  • Presented traditional poster at the 2016 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Conference in Singapore.

 

  • Published manuscript in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance.

May 2015 - Sep 2015

University of California, San Francisco

Dept. of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Biomagnetic Imaging Lab

Graduate Student Researcher

Advisor: Sri Nagarajan, Ph.D.

  • Designed data acquisition protocols and obtained institutional approval conduct a prospective, observational, case-control study examining veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

 

  • Independently operated a Siemens 3T MRI scanner at the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

 

  • Used complex mathematical algorithms via MATLAB and UNIX programming to co-register functional MEG and structural MRI data for statistical analyses of brain wave activity in 4D.

 

  • Replicated previously published findings of neural correlates of PTSD while introducing novel activity patterns warranting further investigation

Oct 2012 - Sep 2014

Northern California Institute for

   Research and Education

Center for Imaging of

   Neurodegenerative Diseases

Staff Research Associate I

​Principal Investigator: Michael W. Weiner, M.D.

  • Conducted extensive telephone screening interviews to recruit Vietnam Veterans for participation in a nation-wide Alzheimer’s Disease clinical research study (DoD-ADNI).

  • Coordinated with multiple institutions to schedule participant appointments for various procedures, ensuring a quality research experience for each veteran.

  • Created and maintained a comprehensive exclusionary medications database that considerably increased the accuracy and efficiency of determining participant eligibility by the recruitment team.

  • Generated periodic progress reports for senior staff and ensured compliance with UCSF’s Committee on Human Research and the VA’s Research Committee regulations.

Nov 2010 - Apr 2012

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Student Researcher

​Advisor: Cécile S. Lardon, Ph.D.

  • Effectively led an undergraduate research team through literature review, experimental design, recruitment, data collection, and statistical analysis to investigate the effects of aspartame on verbal memory.

  • Authored several grant proposals successfully securing research funding totaling $5,435.

  • Coordinated resources from multiple departments in order to successfully complete the project with 110 research participants.

  • Presented findings at two regional undergraduate research competitions, placing first at the 2012 University of Alaska Fairbanks Undergraduate Research Day competition.

Sep 2006 - Jun 2009

United States Army, Alaska

1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division

1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment

Infantry Team Leader

  • Instructed, supervised, and evaluated the performance of subordinate personnel during live-fire training exercises by challenging and motivating others to overcome personal fear and accomplish mission objectives.

  • Operated technologically-advanced equipment worth several million dollars while maintaining 100% accountability.

 

  • Formally recognized for outstanding performance and leadership during fast-paced, high-stress, multi-faceted operations.

  • Won several “Soldier of the Month” competitions including NCO of the Post (Ft. Wainwright) for Third Quarter 2007.

May 2002 - May 2005

United States Army, Europe

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division

2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment

Infantry Rifleman

  • Provided tactical security as a machine gunner and armored vehicle driver in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2004 for over 440 days.

  • Maintained several types of military vehicles by performing both preventive maintenance and annual services on schedule resulting in no failures of equipment during combat or training missions.

 

  • Briefed commanding officers daily on significant actions in the area of operations enabling leaders to make informed and effective decisions in a hostile environment.

 

  • Created an information-tracking database which allowed classified material to be processed quickly and efficiently without any breach in security.

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