Work History

Work History
2011 - Present

Collegiate Professor of Biology

University of Maryland University College

Structure and deliver instruction in biology, anatomy, and nutrition to military students in Aviano, Italy, via classroom, hybrid, and online formats. Create PowerPoint lectures; author, administer, and evaluate quizzes and exams. Prepare solutions and materials for teaching labs; supervise students in lab sections. Track and maintain lab supply inventories.

2009 - 2011

Assistant Professor of Biology

Morningside College

Provided direct and distance learning instruction in the areas of biology, genetics, pharmacology, microbiology, environmental science, anatomy, physiology, nutrition to undergraduate students. Directed laboratory assays and practicums. Provided attentive advising to students to identify challenges, celebrate successes, and track mastery of course materials; supervise undergraduate independent research projects. Coordinated student internships; served on faculty committees.

  • Developed and taught two-week experiential course in New Zealand to lower- and upper-level undergraduates.
2009 - 2011

Adjunct Professor of Biology

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Provided direct and distance learning instruction in the areas of biology, genetics, pharmacology, microbiology, environmental science, anatomy, physiology, nutrition to undergraduate students. Directed laboratory assays and practicums. Provided attentive advising to students to identify challenges, celebrate successes, and track mastery of course materials; supervise undergraduate independent research projects. Coordinated student internships; served on faculty committees.

2008 - 2008

Postdoctoral Fellow

Washington University

 Investigated the mechanism and localization of palmitoyl acyl transferase enzymes. 

2007 - 2008

Postdoctoral Fellow

Iowa State University
  • Studied the impact of age and exercise on cell signaling in response to the influenza virus.
  • Examined the effects of Echinaceaon innate immune response and performing cell cultures and virus plaque assays.
  • Managed lab operations, trained and supervised rotation students, and participated in NIH center meetings.
2002 - 2007

Graduate Research Assistant

Iowa State University
  • Studied the effects of c-terminus modifications on HRas protein trafficking and signal transduction, non-vesicular exocytosis to the plasma membrane, and vesicular endocytosis via the Arf-6 pathway.
  • Trained and supervised 20+ graduate lab workers and rotation students; mentored Honors Program undergraduate research assistant. 
2000 - 2002

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Idaho State University
  • Investigated the effects of thalidomide on embryonic limb development, modifying chicken embryos, staining samples with carbon to study limb fields and pluripotency of embryonic cells, and studying the effects of NF-κB expression.
  • Isolated DNA and genotyped 124 families of American Burying Beetles (Nicophorus americanus).

Education

Education
2002 - 2007

PhD

Iowa State University

Thesis: "H-Ras intracellular trafficking and signal transduction"

Graduate Research Assistantship (2006 to 2007) ~ Graduate Research Assistantship Match Program Fellow (2005 to 2007) ~ University Teaching Excellence Award (2006) ~ Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2005) ~ Graduate Training Fellow, USDA Animal Genetics and Biotechnology Group (2002 to 2005)

1997 - 2002

B.S

Idaho State University

As Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, investigated the effects of thalidomide on embryonic limb development; isolated DNA and genotyped 124 families of American Burying Beetles (Nicophorus americanus). 

Skills

Skills

Research methodologies

Bacterial culture and glycerol stock prep, mini and maxi prep, design of PCR primers, PCR, DNA gel extraction, western blots, gel electrophoresis, gene data base, mammalian cell culture, DNA quantification, restriction enzyme digestion, light and fluorescence microscopy, immunofluorescence imaging, reagent preparation, isolating primary tissue samples working with in vivo models (mice)and working with in vivo models (mice)  

Technical Proficiencies

MS Office Suite, Google Docs, Word Perfect, Adobe Suite, iWorks Suite, iSprings, Impatica, Prezi, Moodle, Webtycho, Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, eCompanion, eCollege, Garage Band, and iWatermark Pro, Paintbrush, Aperature, Endnote  

Foreign Languages

Korean, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language  

Summary

Scientific research background with in-depth experience in molecular genetics, cellular biology, pharmacology, and disease research complemented by strong grasp of NIH project review and approval processes. Articulate communicator, presenting complex scientific data to non-academic audiences with clarity and precision. United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Registration pending August 2012.

Objective

Accomplished scientific researcher with solid, published history of success performing extensive assays in Genetics, Cell Biology, Kinesiology, and Molecular Biology; positioned to excel as Technical Scientific Advisor / Patent Agent for law firm specializing in patent affairs. Extensive medical, pharmacological, and administrative knowledge; ability to translate complex scientific data into understandable terms for project stakeholders of diverse backgrounds. Cultivate productive partnerships with colleagues as well as with NIH and other external agencies to ensure timely execution of R&D project initiatives.

Professional Associations

Association for Biology Laboratory Education, Member, 2009 - Present

Iowa Academy of Sciences, Molecular and Cell Biology Section Vice President, 2009 - 2011

Sioux City Growth Organization, University Outreach Coordinator, 2009 - 2011

Awards

  • American Heart Association Cardiovascular Training Grant (2008)
  • National Institute of Health Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship (2008; declined)
  • National Institute of Health Neuroplasticity on Aging Training Grant (2008; declined)
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, Iowa State University, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. Dr. Jan Buss, Principal Investigator (2006 to 2007)
  • Graduate Research Assistantship Match Program Fellow, Iowa State University Agricultural Experiment Station (2005 to 2007)
  • University Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University (2006)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Iowa State University, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology. Claudia Lemper, Course Director (2005)
  • Graduate Training Fellow, USDA Animal Genetics and Biotechnology Group. Dr. Chris Tuggle,     Program Director (2002 to 2005) 

Interest

photography, graphic design, cooking, playing piano, traveling, kayaking, performing arts and theater

Publications

1.McKay, Jodi. "Biology of Cancer: Carcinoma". New York, NY. Chelsea Publishing Inc, 2010 (In Preparation)

2.McKay, Jodi, Wang, Xing, Jian Ding, Linda Ambrosio and Janice E. Buss (2010). H-Ras Resides on Clathrin-Independent ARF 6 Vesicles That Harbor Little RAF1, But Not On Clathrin -Dependent Endosomes. Bichemica et Biophysica Acta. 1813:298-307.

3.McKay, Jodi, and Janice E. Buss. The Influence of Cellular Location on Ras Function in Ralph A. Bradshaw and Edward A. Dennis, eds. Handbook of Cell Signaling, Volume 2. San Diego, CA. 2009.

4.Wu, Lankun, Rowe, Eric W., Jeftinija, Ksenija, Jeftnija, Srdija, Rizshisky, Ludmila, Nikolau, Basil J., Mckay, Jodi, Kohut, Marian, and Eve Syrkin, Wurtele. (2009). Echinacea-induced Cytosolic Ca2+Elevation in HEK 293 BMC. Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 10:72-85.

5.Zheng, Hui, Jodi McKay, and Janice E. Buss. (2007). H-Ras Does not need COP I- or COP II-dependent Vesicular Transport to Reach the Plasma Membrane. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 282:25760-25768.

6.McKay, Jodi, and Buss, Janice E. Trafficking requires conservation of the H-Ras hypervariable region. (in preparation).

7.McKay, Jodi. (2008). Cy-SI: Biology 313L: Principles of Genetics: Special Investigations. Claudia Lemper, ed. Iowa State University Department of Biology (undergraduate genetics lab manual).

Conferences, Presentations and Poster Presentations

1.    Iowa Academy of Sciences Conference (2009, 2010, 2011).

2.EMBO/ESF Workshop on Membrane Dynamics on Endocytosis. (2005). Poster presentation: “Identification of endosomes associated with Arf6 as pathway for internalization of HRas.”

3.Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). (2005). Poster presentation: “Escape from the plasma membrane: identification of an ARF6-dependent pathway for endocytosis and recycling of H-Ras 61L.”

4.Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). (2004). Poster presentation: “Internalization of H-Ras via the ARF6-associated endosomal pathway.”

5.Plant and Animal Genome XI Conference (2003).

Community Service

Disaster Exercise Trainer, sioux city poison control center (2009 to Present)

Provided simulation scenarios for staff in the event of a disaster, as well as delivering language and cultural awareness training to optimize Poison Center staff response to non-English speaking callers.

Mentor, disabilities, opportunities, internetworking, and technology (do-it) (2007 to Present)

Mentored high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with disabilities interested in math, science, and technology; provided email advising to program participants in college and work settings regarding available technical and other resources.

Medical Missionary, Hoy cristos jesus bedigue, Quito, Ecuador (2000)

Performed medical support services in hospital and TB / AIDS clinics, including assisting in surgery, making rounds, administering and interpreting diagnostics, distributing medications, and wound care; travelled into Amazon jungle to visit patients unable to travel to hospital.

Photography Portfolio

Certifications

Certifications

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Registration

USPTO
2000 - 2002

Certified Emergency Medical Technician

State of Idaho