PROFILE SUMMARY I was classically trained as a botanist during my undergraduate and post-graduate education. Following this experience I decided to pursue my career in the field of sleep medicine. My exposure to the field of sleep medicine has been quite diversified as I have worked and indirectly with various eminent scientists. I strongly believe, my graduate degree, my diversified research background, together with my professional network will allow me to be successful both personally as well as professionally. QUALIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS: • Master's degree in Botany • Ten years of experience in the field of sleep and biological rhythms research at various levels. • Strong interest in pharmaceutical and health care research, specifically social and mental health with an ability to work effectively in culturally diverse and challenging environments. • Develop relationships with appropriate internal and external subject experts with knowledge of community resources to facilitate clients to link with the right information. • High level of tact and judgment and the ability to establish rapport quickly and gain respect and trust of others (worked in pharma marketing for about 5 years in India). • Strong verbal, interpersonal, communication, decision-making, assessment, presentation and consultation skills with ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment. • Self-motivated and well-organized; ability to work independently but knows how to work cross-functionally and co-operatively in a busy-multidisciplinary settings but know when to seek consultation and direction. • Proven ability to effectively manage and mentor others. • Recognized for strong work ethic and respected as contributing team player through consistent collaboration with co-workers, integrity and commitment to success.
Jul 2008 - Oct 2008
Clinical Research Co-ordinator
CSI Research Centre
• Planned, monitored, and coordinated clinical research studies under the direction of the Principal (PI) and Sub Investigators (Sub-PI) and collaborated with other clinical research team to assume responsibility for the overall management and coordination of pharma-sponsored clinical trials focusing on the treatment of insomnia
Sep 2005 - Jan 2007
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Scoring of sleep reports
Feb 2005 - Jun 2005
Biovail Contract Research
• Participated along with other clinical trial team, in maintaining the timeline and target dates for completion of study milestones and using monitoring resources/reports to deliver milestones on time and budget. • Responsible for the writing and/or reviewing the CRFs (case report forms) adhering to CRF standard operating procetures (SOPs) in compliance with FDA/ICH guidelines. • Assisted in monitoring of clinical studies along with the CRCs and CRAs thus participated in various activities. • Identifying and documents data errors or items requiring clarification and initiates data clarification/validation process after researching source documents. • Worked in collaboration with the CRCs and CRAs and identifies and documents data errors or items requiring clarification on all documents collected for study and initiates data clarification/validation process after researching source documents. • Assisting the Compliance Specialist in Updating the SOPs
Mar 2002 - May 2003
Sleep Disorders Specialist and Technical Director
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Overnight polysomnography (PSG) recording, scoring, teaching of polysomnography, meeting with pharmaceutical/Durable Medical Equipment (DME) company reps, writing, and editing. Worked in close association with the Medical Director for the smooth running of the sleep center at the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Department of Neurology.
2002 - 2003
Research Assistant II
Rush University Medical Center
Worked with the mentorship of Prof. Rosalind D Cartwright. This position was especially appropriate for my skills and background in clinical polysomnography with a specialty in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep regulation involving depressed patients. The project here was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that required someone who is specifically able to work independently doing REM sleep interventions with volunteers who are suffering from major depression with a sleep complaint for which they are not currently treated. It was a longitudinal study 5 months with seven sleep assessment for each volunteer. My work involved overnight ploysomnography recording, REM sleep reduction and intervention. I scored all the volunteer's recording, data entry and help with the analysis, and interpreation. Obtained certificate of attendance on, 'Human Research Protections'.
2000 - 2002
Staff Research Associate, Department of Physiology and Brain Research Institute
University of California, Los Angeles
Synaptic mechanisms and circuitry involved in motoneuron control during sleep
1999 - 2000
Worked on specific projects on Neuronal plasticity during sleep oscillations in corticothalamic networks. Assisted post-docs in laboratory experiements, recording, and data analysis.
May 1998 - Nov 1998
Polysomnography Technologist (per diem)
Brain and Sleep Diagnostic Centre
At this capacity, I have performed the following functions: provided comprehensive diagnosis of sleep disorders with the help of polysomnography (PSG), and patient care and education. Used good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with physicians, laboratory manager, supervisors, and other technical staff discussing PSG technology Laboratory hook-up, equipment operation, Monitoring of specialized medical and electronic equipments. This includes, but not limited to, polygraph, analog polygraph, oximeters, respiratory plethysmography units, positive air pressure machines, tumescence monitors, and laboratory computer systems. Performed sleep monitoring on individuals with suspected sleep pathology. Administered questionnaires (General Health, Pre-Sleep, and Post-Sleep) and performed the tests. Attached necessary devices for monitoring EEG, EOG, EMG, EKG, oximetry, thoracic- and abdominal effort, nasal/oral airflow and nasal/oral pressure. Performed both split-night and full-night continuous positive airway pressure treatment as needed and titrates both CPAP and BiPAP pressure to reduce airway occlusion and attain airway patency. Scored of nocturnal events during PSG recordings for sleep stages, sleep apnea, periodic limb movement in Sleep (PLMS), arousals, and other sleep-related nocturnal parameters as indicated by the study protocol. Performed other job-related duties as required.
May 1998 - Oct 1998
Sleep Technologist (Per Diem, Night)
Sleep Disorders Centre of Metropolitan Toronto
Follwed the established sleep laboratory standards operating procedure (SOP) and professional practice (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (BRPT) Standards of Conduct), performed non-invasive procedure such as polysomnography (PSG) for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of various sleep and/or arousal-related disorders. Under general supervision of clinic director and the lab manager; performed technical functions related to the diagnostic PSG services. Duties and Responsibilities include, but. not limited to: Followed SOP for the sleep laboratory procedures such as PSG and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) titrations. Ensured collection of appropriate and reliable data. Rreceived requisitions and registered patients for sleep duties, completed and verified detailed patient documentations, and entered relevant data into a computerized database Explained pre-testing, testing, and post-testing lab procedures (orally or Video) and prepared patients for overnight sleep studies. Collected, analyzed, and integrated information in order to identify and meet the patient specific needs in accordance with the ordering physician and/or clinical director Assumed responsibility for patient care, comfort and safety during their study visits. Practiced infection control procedures to reduce the health risk to the employee, colleagues and the patients/visitors. Prepared and calibrated appropriate equipment- and biocalibrations to ensure proper signal collection prior to recording sessions. Demonstrated ability to work independently and with other team members and to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others, operate related equipment. Developed skills in the interpretation of electroencephalographic (EEG), electrooculographic (EOG), electromyographic (EMG), electrocardiographic (ECG/EKG), and respiratory tracings so as to be able to intervene appropriately during a sleep study.
1996 - 1998
University Health Network
Worked under the supervision of Prof. Colin M Shapiro, Department of Psychiatry, at Toronto Western Hospital. My work involved technical aspects of sleep. I worked as a Polysomnography technologists and performed sleep studies to help patients of all ages who suffer from sleep and mental illness. Preparing and monitoring patients, recording, analysis and interpretation, and preparing sleep reports. I titrated nasal Positive Airway Pressure (nPAP) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) and performed Nocturnal Penile Tumescence (NPT) studies. During this period, I was directly involved in patient education concerning nPAP and sleep hygine education.
Apr 1991 - Feb 1992
Madurai Kamaraj University
Department of Biotechnology (DBT) project on, "Cloning and Expression of the Insecticidal crystal protein gene of Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai in a Bacterium Capable of Colonizing Cotton Leaves" Performed basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques
Aug 1987 - Mar 1988
Trainee Sales Officer
Protec Laboratoris Pvt. Ltd. (a division of CIPLA Ltd)
As a Sales Office, I acted as a key link between my company and and other health care professionals. I worked strategically to increase the awareness and use of a company’s products in clinical practice. Based in Madurai head quarters, I promoted company products to assigned territory. I ensured that my clients are aware of, buy and subsequently use my company's products. In addition, I had my regional area of responsibility and plan how and when to target health professions. In particular, my typical work activities included: * Sold company products by contacting potential customers, identifying their needs, persuading them that to use my company products (rather than those of competitors), which might best satisfy their needs, closed the sale by agreeing the terms and conditions, and provided after-sales service as need; * Arranged appointments with doctors, pharmacists and hospital medical teams, which may include pre-arranged appointments or regular 'cold' calling; * Made visual presentations to physicians (private as well as hospital) and pharmacists in the retail sector during the day or evening; * Participated in medical conferences for doctors and other medical staff; * Built and maintained positive working relationships with medical and administration staff e.g. receptionists; * Managed sales objectives and targets; * Stayed informed about the activities of pharma sales in my territory; Monitored competitor activity and competitors' products and marketing tactics and collected market intelligence; * Kept detailed records of all contacts and reaching (mostly exceeding) monthly, quarterly, half-early, and annual sales targets; * Planned work schedules and weekly and monthly timetables. This may involve occasional work with the Regional Manger or the Marketing Manager or discussing future targets with the area sales manager.
Nov 1985 - Aug 1987
Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd
As a Medical Representative, I acted as a key link between my company and and other health care professionals. I worked strategically to increase the awareness and use of a company’s products in clinical practice. Based in Madurai head quarters, I promoted company products to assigned territory. I ensured that my clients are aware of, buy and subsequently use my company's products. In addition, I had my regional area of responsibility and plan how and when to target health professions. * Regularly attended company meetings, training programs, product launch meeting, technical data presentations and briefings; * Kept up-to-date with the latest clinical data supplied by the company and interpreting, presenting and discussing this data with health professionals during presentations; * Maintained knowledge of new developments in the field, anticipated potential negative and positive impacts on the sales and adapting strategy accordingly; * Developed strategies for increasing opportunities to meet and talk to contacts in the medical and health care sector; * Stayed informed about the activities of pharma sales in my territory; Monitored competitor activity and competitors' products and marketing tactics and collected market intelligence; * Worked with team managers to plan how to approach contacts and creating effective business plans for making sales in a particular area.