Patricia Heard

Work History

Work History
Apr 2010 - Jun 2010


U.S. Census Bureau

Receive assignments in the Houston Metro area which involve locating housing units and conducting interviews with respondents, explaining the purpose of the census and recording data on a paper questionnaire.

Aug 1999 - Jan 2004

Safety Manager

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Responsibilities included hiring, training, mentoring, evaluating and disciplining five to nine full-time employees

Managed institutional-wide hazardous and radioactive waste programs:

Collection, processing, and proper disposal of hazardous chemicals and radioactive waste from

1 large quantity and 7 small quantity generators.

Responsible for a $250,000 budget which included $140,000 hazardous chemical and radioactive waste disposal.

Developed and managed Chemical Stores Program:

Collection, transporting and storage of excess hazardous chemical products for research and clinical laboratories.

Regulatory Compliance Responsibilitites:

Preparation and submission of annual waste summaries for eight generators.

Preparation and submission of Sara Title III and eight pollution prevention annual reports.

Consultation Services

Provide guidance and training for institutional faculty and staff for the proper handling, storage,

disposal, and safe use of hazardous materials.

Appointed by institutional president as a voting member of the Institution Biosafety Committee

Served on Hazardous Material subcommittee reviewing research protocols.

Served as the Chemical Safety Officer for University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Responsible for coordination of laboratory relocation and closures (average 50 per year):

Included inspection of equipment for contamination and walk-through inspections for laboratory

space for clearance.

Reviewed plans for new building construction and remodeling of existing laboratories.

Emergency Response:

Coordination and training for emergency response within the institution for hazardous material 

releases, odors, and suspicious materials.

1991 - 1999

Safety Specialist III

University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Responsible for daily operation of institutional hazardous waste programs.

Perform industrial hygiene surveys and testing.

1989 - 1991

Safety Specialist II

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1987 - 1989

Biohazard Safety Specialist

Ubiversity of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


1988 - 1993

University of Texas School of Public Health

40 hours of graduate study toward a M.S in Environmental Science, concentration in Industrial Hygiene.

1980 - 1985


University of Houston - Clear Lake - School of Natural & Applied Sciences


Mandal, P.K., Heard, P.A., Ren, Z., Chen,X., McMurray, J.S. Solid phase synthesis of Stat3 inhibitors incorporating O-carbamoylserine and O-carbamoylthrenonine as glutamine mimics. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 17, 654-656,2007.


Water Gardening- I have two ponds in my backyard with multiple gold fish and other varies of fish.

Reading-Enjoy reading both non-fiction and fiction books

Volunteering: I have work in Dr. John McMurray's research laboratory  since I retired from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after 26 years with the University of Texas System.  My research includes peptide and prodrug synthesis.  I maintain the laboratory's chemical inventories and inspections.

I was selected in June 2007 to be one of the community members of the Institutional Biosafety Committee.  Reviewing research protocols for the faculty of U.Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

I was selected in July 2009 to be an community member for the Animal Care and Use Committee for Texas A&M Health Science Center at Houston .  Reviewing research protocols for the faculty of Texas A&M University.


Jan 2003 - Present

Certified Hazardous Materials Manager

Instiute of Hazardous Materials Management
Jun 2001 - Jun 2004

Cerified Healthcare Safety Professional

Board of Certified Healthcare Safety Management
2000 - 2004

Chemical Hygiene Officer

National Registry of Certified Chemists