Highly motivated, interdisciplinary scientist with over five years of laboratory experience in a fast-pace laboratory environment. Extensive experience supporting and leading high profile analytical experiments that resulted in publication in a scientific journal. Exceptional analytical ability and talent for organizing large data sets. B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Thematic Option, Gastronomic Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry. Three years of graduate level training in pharmacognosy, mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2015 - Present

Associate Scientist in Chemistry

WuXi AppTec
  • Analysis and data processing of samples by LC-MS (QTOF), HS-GCMS, and/or GC-MS
  • Targeted analysis and data processing of samples by HPLC and/or GC
  • Investigates and troubleshoots instrument failure and inconsistencies
  • Participates in extractable leachable studies, including validations, and verification of analysis, and documentation
  • Reports results pertaining to client samples in an  accurate and efficient manner
  •  Writes investigational documents. asessing root cause of deviations and taking corrective actions where appropriate
  • Increases efficiency of overall workflow and implements improvements
  • Validates and verifies analyses, performs custom protocols and and writes final reports to support these activities
May 2014 - Oct 2015

Natural Products Chemistry Consultant 

Self Employed
  • Offering free-lance consulting, analyses and recommendations related to botanical products and dietary supplements
  • Safety, quality and efficacy evaluations
  • Chemical analyses 
  • Extraction
Aug 2011 - Jan 2014

Analytical Chemistry Research Assistant

University of Illinois, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
  • Research Fellow for NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
  • Prepared and analyzed biological samples using mass spectrometry in tandem with ultra-high-pressure chromatography (UHPLC)
  • Maintained and repaired mass spectrometers and chromatographs as needed
  • Prepared and extracted various tissues including serum, urine, adipose tissue, cells, tumors, etc...
  • Experienced with cell culture and sterile technique
  • Analysed data, optimized methods, and contributed to peer reviewed scientific publications
  • Performed extractions for mass spectrometry and mRNA extraction using quantigene technology
  • Performed quantitative experiments on small molecules including bis-phenol A
  • Performed drug-botanical interaction experiment using primary human hepatocytes
  • Improved FDA standard protocol drug-drug interaction studies and obtained a unique result
  • Worked with laboratory personal as the lead chemical hygiene officer
  • Acted as webmaster and social media correspondent for the laboratory
  • Supported the Departments of Radiology and Urology at UIC with LC-MS-MS quantitative analysis of biological samples and reported data to lead investigators within the departments
Aug 2011 - Dec 2012

Teaching Assistant in PharmD 

University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy
  • Became a head teaching assistant by the third semester
  • Supported faculty in the professional pharmacy curriculum
  • Organized classroom handouts
  • Proctored and corrected exams
  • Facilitated student problem solving in office hours outside of class
  • Lead teaching assistant for one semester
Jul 2010 - Dec 2010

QRO Specification Coordinator 

General Mills via Laboratory Staffing Contract
  • Supported packaging specification development and revision for various GMI businesses, active engagement with business teams, data maintenance and analysis, reporting and managed PLM document statuses against project time-lines
  • Assisted Packaging R&D Engineers and QRO Packaging Material Managers in capturing technical attributes of package design in raw material specifications
  • Brought forward new ideas on business processes and improvement making them more efficient
  • Assisted Sourcing, Operations and R&D partners on system navigation and data mining, Specifications process and technical attribute requirements for package specifications   
Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

Wilderness Trip Leader

Camp Kamaji for Girls
  • Coordinated meal plans for trips
  • Provided first aid, life guarding and delivery of medication as needed
  • Lead and organized group learning activities and wilderness camping trips
May 2004 - Aug 2007

Administrative Accounting

Priority Courier / VanEx
  • Promoted through three positions in six months
  • Maintained records for accounts receivable/payable using QuickBooks and Microsoft Software
  • Organized weekly billing and invoicing data


Aug 2011 - May 2014

Ph.D. Pharmacognosy *voluntarily withdrew in third year **family

University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Completed all program coursework with a 3.4 GPA 
  • Offered a Masters Degree but declined for personal reasons
  • Specialized in Bio-medical Mass Spectrometry
  • Awarded a NIH Training Fellowship
  • Published work in mass spectrometry peer reviewed journals 
Sep 2005 - May 2009

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Gastronomic Anthropology / Chemistry Minor

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Thematic Option in Gastronomic Anthropology includes coursework from the Departments of Anthropology, Chemistry and Food Science and Nutrition

  • Meeting the course work requirements from all three departments
  • Graduated with a 3.4 GPA
  • Final project was master's level work 
  • Only undergraduate invited to present my undergraduate project at an academic conference