Work experience

Work experience
Oct 2009 - Oct 2010

Postdoctoral Associate

Duke University-Dr. Adam Wax

-Co-developed combined optical coherence tomography (OCT) and confocal imaging system

-Measured fluorescent properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients in microbicidal gels

-Revised OCT software (Labview) for increased efficiency and real-time scanning displays

-Utilized both free space and fiber optics into coregistered system for potential in vivo use

May 2009 - Oct 2009

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Missouri-Dr. John Viator

-Improved efficiency of optical device for photoacoustic sensing of circulating tumor cells (metastatic melanoma)-Developed protocol for blind study of binary detection of melanoma among white blood cells

-Collaborated with physicians, statisticians, and other engineers for project design

-Supervised and mentored undergraduate and graduate researchers

Jun 2005 - May 2009

Life Sciences Predoctoral Fellow

University of Missouri-Dr. Mark Haidekker

-Designed fully-automated confocal scanner to use as a method of quality control for tissue engineered cell sheets-Incorporated lasers, fiber optics, polarizers, free space optics, and detectors into final design-Assisted in programming firmware (microcontroller assembly language) and software (C language) for the scanner-Utilized engineering design incorporating AutoCAD, basic mill/lathe experience, and technical circuit layout and soldering

Jan 2005 - Jul 2005

Non-Degree Graduate Research Assistant

University of Missouri-Dr. Xudong Fan

-Designed and assembled inert atmosphere/vacuum system for manufacture of quantum dots-Worked to refine manufacturing process of quantum dots for research purposes-Characterized fluorescent properties of the manufactured quantum dots

Feb 2003 - Dec 2004

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Missouri-Dr. Andrew McClellan

-Carried out own experiments to image active brain neurons on larval lamprey-Imaged lamprey brain neurons using fluorescent calcium tracer loaded by pressure ejection or retrograde transport-Stimulated and identified active neurons using image processing techniques on dissected lamprey brains





Computer Aided Design

Proficient in AutoCAD; currently learning Solidworks

Image Processing

Frequently use predefined image processing techniques in image analysis.  Programs include ImageJ and Matlab.

Chemical and Inert Atmosphere Use

Used inert atmosphere system for manufacture of quantum dots


Occasionally did own mill and lathe work (both desktop size and full size machines) 


Can edit existing programs in C and microcontroller assembly language.  Can also program in Matlab and LabVIEW.  Familiar with Monte Carlo for mulit-layered media (MCML).

Prototype Design

Built diagnostic devices from idea to practice

Fluorescent Imaging

Used fluorescent imaging techniques for neuron firing detection in larval lamprey.  Built device combining optical coherence tomography and fluorescent confocal microscopy

Optical System Design

Frequently use fiber optics, laser, detectors, polarizers, and traditional free space optics