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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Biography
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EDUCATION

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

PhD, Chemistry, May 2011

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

B.S. Chemistry, 2006

B.A. German and Slavic Studies, 2006

 

EXPERIENCE

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

Research Chemist, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (April 2011-present)

Leading innovative, independent research on oxidative stability of vegetable oils. Authored or co-authored 7 publications on edible oils since joining in 2011.

Technical skills: HPLC, GC, NMR, column chromatography, rheology, emulsions

 

Bradley University. Peoria, IL

Affiliate Instructor, Department of Chemistry. (Fall 2012 – present)

Taught organic chemistry laboratory. Supervised and mentored undergraduates.

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

PhD Candidate, Dr. Jeff Hartgerink research group (January 2007 – April 2011)

Designed and synthesized peptide materials using solid-phase peptide synthesis

Characterized peptide systems via NMR, UV-VIS, FTIR, HPLC, rheometry, and MALDI

Proficient in various microscopy techniques, including AFM, SEM, TEM

Teaching assistant, organic chemistry laboratory (January 2007 – May 2008)

Head teaching assistant, organic chemistry laboratory (January 2009– May 2009)

 

Monsanto Corporation. St. Louis, MO

Intern, chemistry formulations group. (May 2008-August 2008)

Examined and explored rheological properties and relative stabilities of herbicide dispersions. Published in company internal literature.

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

Research assistant, carbon nanotechnology research, Dr. Richard Smalley research group. Co-authored 4 publications as an undergraduate. (May 2003 – May 2006)

 

AWARDS & ACTIVITES

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

2012-2013 Outstanding Volunteer Award, awarded by the Institute of Food Technologists Food Chemistry Division.

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

Institute of Food Technologists Food Chemistry Division, member of Food Chemistry Division Leadership Team, current position: content chair. (July 2013 – present)

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

Emergency Response and HazMat Team member. Responded to various emergencies within the research center, HazMat trained. (September 2011 – present)

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

President, CBEN-SLC: Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology Student Leadership Committee (February 2010 – March 2011)

Event coordinator (February 2009 – February 2010)

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

NIH-IBB Biotechnology Training Grant. (July 2007-June 2009)

 

CONFERENCES

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

Attended and presented at Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2013.

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

Attended United Soybean Board Meeting, Connections 2012: U.S. Soy in Action, St. Louis, MO, 2012.

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

Attended and presented at Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2012.

 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Peoria, IL

Attended and presented at 103rd AOCS Meeting & Expo, Long Beach, California, 2012.

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

Attended and presented at Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston, MA, 2010.

 

Rice University. Houston, TX

Attended and presented at Materials Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2009.


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