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Education

20042012

Ph.D Genetics and Developmental Biology, Minor: Genomics

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dissertation: The Role for Dna Replication and Repair Genes  in Germ-Line Maintenance and Tumor Suppression

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B.A. Biology, Minors: Chemistry, Mathematics

St. Joseph's College of Maine, Standish, ME

Professional Positions

2012Present

CRTA Postdoctoral Fellow

 National Cancer Institute, Mouse Cancer Genetics Program, Genetics of Cancer Susceptibility Section, Frederick, MD 

Functional interaction of BRCA2 with PALB2, DSS1, and BRCA2's binding with single-stranded DNA.

20042012

Graduate Research Assistant

Schimenti Lab, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Characterization of genomic instability mouse models: MCM9 and FANCM

20052007

Teaching Assistant

A Genomics Approach to Studying Life (BioGD400) and Genetics (BioGD281), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Instructed Laboratory portion of Genetics, graded papers, quizzes, and exams, and held office hours

20002004

Research Assistant III

The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

Oversaw multiple mouse ENU mutagenesis screens (genomic instability, reproductive, and region specific screen) in the laboratory of John Schimenti

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Laboratory Teaching Assistant

St. Joseph's College of Maine, Standish ME

Set-up and maintained labs for multiple classes (Histology, Pathology, Genetics, Development, and General Biology)

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Camp Counselor

Girl Scouts of Maine

Supervised and instructed girls in a rustic camp in Northern Maine.

Archery, Canoeing, and Photography.

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Farm Hand

DanaCo Dairy Farm

Family Dairy Farm

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Publications

Honors, Awards, and Funding

    • 2016- 9th Annual Breast Cancer Retreat Poster Award, 1st Place, John Hopkins

    • 2015- 8th Annual Safeway Breast Cancer Retreat Poster Award, John Hopkins

    • 2012-Present Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship-National Cancer Institute
    • Funded 2008-2010 under the Reproductive Sciences and Genomics Training Program supported by National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development T32HD052471

    • 2009-26th International Mammalian Genome Conference Poster Award

    • 2009-26th International Mammalian Genome Conference Scholarship

    • 2009-Lalor Foundation Travel Award from the Gordon Research Conference

    • 2006-20th International Mammalian Genome Conference Poster Award

    • 2006-20th International Mammalian Genome Conference Scholarship

Talks

  • The Allied Genetics Conference,GSA, Orlando FL July 2016

"Interaction of BRCA2 and PALB2 is essential for genome stability."

  • Mouse Cancer Genetics group seminar NCI-Frederick October 2015

In vivo  functional analysis of the BRCA2 protein”

  • Fellows and Young Investigators Seminar Series NCI-Frederick September 2015

"Interaction with PALB2 is essential for tumor suppression by BRCA2”

  • Cancer Genetics and Signaling seminar NCI- Fredrick April 2015

"Interaction with PALB2 is essential for tumor suppression by BRCA2”

  • Mouse Cancer Genetics group seminar NCI-Frederick October 2014

In vivo  functional evaluation of the PALB2 interacting domain of BRCA2”

  • Cancer Genetics and Signaling seminar NCI- Fredrick July 2013

"Linking ES cell-associated phenotypes of human BRCA2 variants with tumorigenicity in the mouse"

  • Buffalo DNA Replication and Repair Conference June 2010

“A novel minichromosome maintenance gene, Mcm9, has a role in the germ cell pool, spermatogonial stem cell, and genome stability.”

  • 23rd International Mammalian Genome Conference La Jolla, CA-Nov 2009

Student Symposium Talk “Genetic and Phenotypic Characterization of and ENU Induced Chromosomal Instability Mutant,  Chaos4.” 

Posters

  • 9th Annual  Breast Cancer Research Retreat May 2016

       * Poster Award (1st place)

“Novel mouse models for in vivo  functional analysis of BRCA2"

  • 8th Annual Safeway Breast Cancer Research Retreat May 2015

      * Poster Award

“Interaction with PALB2 is essential for tumor suppression by BRCA2”

  • Cold Spring Harbor conference on Germ Cells, Oct 2010

“Minichromosome Maintenance 9 (MCM9) has a role in the germ cell pool, spermatogonial stem cell maintenance, and genome stability.”

  • 23rd International Mammalian Genome Conference-La Jolla, CA-Nov 2009 *Award for Outstanding Poster

“Genetic and Phenotypic Characterization of and ENU Induced Chromosomal Instability Mutant,  Chaos4.” 

  • Gordon Conference: Mammalian Gametogenesis & Embryogenesis, NH-Aug 2009

      *Received the Lalor Foundation Travel Award from the GRC

“A Novel Minichromosome Maintenance Gene, Mcm9, has a role in the germ cell pool, spermatogonial stem cell maintenance, and meiosis” 

Mentoring

Ruizhu Zeng-Undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University 2004-2007

            Project: Characterization and mapping of an ENU induced mutation: Chaos4

Gabriel Balmus- Graduate Student Rotation at Cornell University 2007

            Project: Characterization and mapping of an ENU induced mutation: Chaos4

Lindsay Acunas- Undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University 2008

            Project: Mapping a Genetrap Insertion: MCM9 (XG743)

Blake Wondrasch- Undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University 2010-2011

            Project: Mapping and Characterization of a Genetrap Insertion mutation in mouse: MCM9 (XG743)

Antara Sinha: NCI Summer Cancer Research Training Award (SCRTA) at NCI-Frederick-2012

            Project: Characterization of a mouse BRCA2 knock-in mutant, G25R

Melissa Glover: Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program at NCI-Frederick 2013-2014

            Project: Characterization of mouse BRCA2 knock-in mutant, L2510P

Aradhana Vyas: NCI Summer Volunteer, 2014, 2015

            Project: Evaluation of apoptosis in the testis of the BRCA2 variant, G25R.

            Project: Characterization of a mouse BRCA2 knock-in mutant, R3052Q

Additional Courses

Grant Writing 101

Writing a K Grant

Scientific Management Training Course