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Behavioral Pharmacologist with strong attention to detail seeking Applied Social Sciences Research role with Lancaster Laboratories.


Jul 2014Present

Licensing & Marketing Intern

National Institutes of Health Office of Technology Transfer

Performed valuation, market analysis and commercialization of a wide variety of FDA and CDC patent protected innovations including medical devices, imaging methods and vaccinations. Examined US patents and white papers to craft publicly available information into letters of intent. Strategically pursued licensees according to venture capital funding and current product pipeline.


- Independently developed a successful marketing strategy leading to research agreements for two US patents.

Aug 2009Jul 2014

Pharmacologist / Graduate Research Assistant

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Experimental design and execution of rodent inhaled drugs of abuse self-administration and drug discrimination research (testing included nicotine and mecamylamine). Design and execution of secondary studies related to methoxyflurane and midazolam initiation, use and cessation. Analyzed 20+ publications of human subjective effects survey/ structured interviews to develop rodent protocols and justification of experiments. Independently navigated challenges with forethought and decided on a corrective action then presented the resolution alternatives to direct supervisor in weekly meetings. Monitored workflow for 8-10 rotating students.


- Synthesized key findings in PowerPoint and poster presentations for 12+ domestic and international conferences.

- 1st place poster presentation in“ Medical Sciences” section at Virginia Academy of Sciences, May 2013.

- Travel award recipient from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

- Travel award recipient from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology-Minority Access to Research Careers (FASEB-MARC) April 2013.

May 2008Jul 2009

Medical Office Receptionist

Rotech Healthcare Inc.

Evaluated information, diagnosed errors, created and executed an appropriate course of action with insurance companies and patients until no action was necessary. Developed a user manual for proprietary medical billing software.


- Location ranked #1 of 6 for new patients and gross profit Feb - July 2009.

Reconciled claim records monthly and saved the over $30,000 in unbilled and uncollected debt with minimal supervision.  

Aug 2005May 2006

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Oberlin College Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Executed studies and analyzed IR data in assays assessing the role of myoglobin as a catalyst leading to irreversible brain damage in anaerobic environments.

Core competencies:

- Positive attitude, love of science, ability to learn protocol, good laboratory practice, collaborate, present data.


Aug 2002May 2006

Bachelor of Arts

Oberlin College

Majored in African American Studies with a minor in Chemistry.



Expert level Microsoft Office user: Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

Graphpad Prism statistics package: Analysis, imaging, troubleshooting.

Laboratory software: MedPC coding and editing. Proficient in LIMS.


Social Science: Principles of study scope, design, statistical analysis and presentation.

Behavioral and Molecular Pharmacology: Rodent drug discrimination, self-administration, aseptic surgery. Cell propagation/ primary cell culture, immunohistochemical staining, confocal microscopy.

Toxicology and Analytical Chemistry: IR, GC/MS.

Molecular Biology and Genomics:  DNA/RNA extraction, ethanol precipitation, PCR, DNA library preparation.