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Patent Examiner

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Aug 2003Aug 2008

Graduate Student/Doctoral Candidate, Neuropharmacology

Virginia Commonwealth University - Virginia Medical College
Major focus: Understanding effects of traumatic brain injury on neuronal GABAA channels in the cortex using electrophysiological and pharmacological techniques. Other research included immunochemistry of GABA Receptors in brain sections and culture using confocal microscopy.

Project Toxicologist

HSW Engineering, Inc.
Responsible for sampling, statistical analysis, risk assessment (human and ecological), chemical fate and transport analysis, and waste characterization. Experience with permitting (NPDES/CUP), regulatory issues under RCRA (TSCA/CERCLA/SARA) such as risk assessments, water quality assessments, monitoring and reporting. Natural Resource Conservation Service – Consultant, Conservation Training (2002 – 2003), Wetland Delineation Training (2003), NRCS Nutrient Management and CNMP Training (2 parts) (2002), OSHA 40-hr. HAZWOPER and annual 8 hr refresher renewal (2000 – 2004) NASA Human Health/Ecological Risk Assessment Team Consultant (2000 – 2004)
Aug 1999May 2000

Science Instructor

Clearwater Central Catholic High School
Prepared and presented dynamic lectures, discussions, and laboratories for biological sciences of grade levels 10-12. Subjects included biology, ecology, marine biology, and zoology.

Engineering Technician

Florida Department of Transportation
Prepared concrete and steel materials for corrosion and electrochemistry studies. Confirmed the validity of readings and entered data into the computer using MS Access in this temporary position.

Research Assistant

University of Florida - Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
Responsible for design, execution, analytical procedures (AA, GC/MS, SEM/TEM), data analysis, and presentation (oral and written) of research projects. Researched soil remediation, toxicity bioassays, and microbial remediation of groundwater for potable use. Studied mammalian and regulatory toxicology including (human and ecological) risk and contamination assessment and management.

Teaching Assistant

Responsible for assisting in lectures, managing lab projects, and ensuring student comprehension of graduate and undergraduate wastewater microbiology, environmental toxicology, and aquatic toxicology.

Laboratory Assistant

Columbia North Florida Regional Medical Center
Prepare specimens from body fluids and sterile sites for microbiology procedures. Responsible for shipments out of the lab, stocking incoming laboratory supplies and logging all specimens received.




Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
DISSERTATION: The Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Neuronal GABAA Receptors in Cultured Cortical Neurons (Major advisor: L.S. Satin) VCU Board of Visitors (BOV) Student Body Representative (2006 – 2007), VCU BOV Graduate/Professional Student Representative (2006 – 2007), VCU BOV Special Awards Committee (2006), VCU BOV Student Affairs Subcommittee (2006 – 2007), VCU Honor System Review Committee (2005 – 2007), VCU Substance Abuse Committee (2005 – 2008), VCU Appeals Board (2005 – 2006), VCU Dept. Pharm/Tox Retreat Planning Committee (2004 – 2005), VCU MCV SGA Bylaws Subcommittee (2005 – 2006), VCU Dept. Pharm/Tox MCV SGA Student Representative (2004 – 2006), VCU Dept. Pharm/Tox Questers Program Lab Leader (2005 – 2006), VCU Dept. Pharm/Tox Questers Program (2004 – 2007)


University of Florida
THESIS: Remediation of Metal-Contaminated Soils and Sediments Using Magnetic Adsorbents (Major advisor: G. Bitton)


University of Florida
NOTE: Length of time to completion was lengthened by active military duty, USMC, and service in Desert Storm. Honorably discharged with the following: USMC: Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Ribbon, Southwest Asian Campaign Awards (3), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Kuwaiti National Defense Medal


Igor Pro
Seminar Development
Experienced in developing seminars meeting client needs -- tailoring format and content to client needs (space constraints, timeframe allotted, content and skillsets needed).  Can deliver seminar materials via electronic venue (e.g., .pdf, webinar, virtual meeting) or in person on-stie.
Grant Writing
Successful applicant for NIH training grant.
Microsoft Office
Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint all very strong.  Some experience in Access as well.
SAS statistical analysis
Sigma Plot statistical analysis
SPSS analysis


Eugene Trani

President Trani was the President of VCU during my graduate studies, and I served with him on VCU's Board of Visitors.  I was the student representative to this board, representing more than 30,000 students. 

Leslie S. Satin

Dr. Satin was the supervisor of my doctoral research on traumatic brain injury.  I worked with him in his lab from 2004-2008

Patrick Nolan

Direct supervisor and trainer at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

William Dewey

Joe Borzelleca

I took several courses with Dr. Borzelleca during my graduate career at VCU. 

Michael Woodward

Acting supervisor for my specific unit within the USPTO.

Me in Greater Detail


Neuropharmacology, pharmacology, drug review, public policy, toxicology, traumatic brain injury (TBI)


Have completed the Patent Training Academy (six month intensive training program with production requirements) at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Executive and Regulatory Experience/ NONSCIENCE: 

Producer, Hoggetowne Medieval Faire (Thieves' Guilde)  Gainesville, Florida.  1996-1999.  Responsible for safety standards and general production on more than 50 stage combat scenarios per year.  Managed 125 cast members.  Member of Board of Directors, 1997-1999.

Director, Virginia Renaissance Faire.  Spotsylvania, Virginia 2006-2008.  Responsible for direction of all units of faire personnel.  Cast of 150.  Established the VARF Fire Prevention and Safety Plan, 2006.

Safety Consultant, 1997-2008.  Hired on freelance basis to ensure proper safety techniques used in blocking and planning theatrical combat and stunt.  Has given weekend seminars and training events in theater safety.  Full list of clients available in production CV, via portfolio link at right.